Skip to comments.Human Sacrifice In The Pre-Columbian Americas
Posted on 10/14/2019 4:29:02 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
In modern minds, the term human sacrifice conjures up macabre satanic rituals performed by bloodthirsty barbarians.
In the ancient Americas, however, cultures now considered to be highly influential and civilized saw human sacrifice as a necessary part of everyday life. Whether it was to appease the gods or ensure success in battle and agriculture, for the following peoples, the lines between sacrifice and simple survival were often blurred.
The Mayans are mostly known for their contributions to astronomy, calendar-making, and mathematics, or for the impressive amount of architecture and artwork that they left behind. They are also believed to be the first American culture to incorporate human sacrifice into daily life.
Blood was viewed as an incomparable source of nourishment for Mayan deities. In a time before scientific understanding, human blood became the ultimate offering and was kept flowing to protect their daily way of life.
The most common methods were decapitation and heart removal, neither of which would occur until the victim had been thoroughly tortured.
Heart-removal ceremonies took place in the courtyard of temples or at the summit of one and were considered the highest honor.
The Incas resorted to the practice of human sacrifice as a way to prevent, recover and cope with these regularly occurring upheavals. The Incas are most known for their sacrifice of children.
Many sacrifices were prisoners but archaeological records have proven that some children were actually raised specifically for these ritual killings.
For the Aztecs, even the sun god required a constant flow of human blood in order to exist.
During the reign of their empire, its estimated that an average of 200,000 people were sacrificed a year.
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Strange that those cultures didn’t survive. Hopefully the child sacrificing culture known as the demonicRAT Party will fare likewise.
From what I am reading climate deniers will soon suffer the same fate.
One can hope.
God bless Hernán Cortés.
Maybe they ran out of people lol
I’ve read they killed as many as 20,000 in a day.
Though i’m sure it was only for special occasions :)
Wow, some idiot put "no one cares" in the keywords.
Wonder if those countries have an ‘indigenous peoples day’ to celebrate their culture ?
Yeah. I’m sure when it got down to the last two Incans, they said, “You know what? I’m not so sure we’ve been sold a load of hogwash on this whole human sacrifice thing. What say we call it good and see if our coffee harvest isn’t affected?”
"In the ancient Americas, however..."
In the ancient Americas, however, it was a highly civilized act, preceded by thorough, methodical torture and accompanied by flaying and cannibalism of the most refined and cultured sort.
Much in common with Planned Parenthood.
Apparently Ted Kennedy prioritized these True Believers for immigration into America by giving them membership in the DemoRat Party and jobs at Planned Parenthood.
So true about Planned Parenthoods barbarity. Hearkens to mind the almost banal sterility with which the Nazi Germans slaughtered the Jews and others.
How many babies have been aborted in the Americas should in the last 50 years?
Now, how many children did the Mayan and Aztec sacrifice?
I don’t get it.
How did they know if the sacrifices were working or really, why did they THINK they were working?
Christians pray for several reasons. Yes, to possibly cure a loved one or for the safety of loved ones etc.
But ALSO to get closer to God and for me personally it brings me a certain serenity.
How does killing a gazillion people in horrible ways accomplish that!?! :)
“Good looking mummy.”
In the pagan world, human sacrifice actually made some sense.
Pagan religions are humanistic, relying on intuition and the fundamentals of “sympathetic magic”. It’s sort of the way brains are wired to survive - seeking safe or useful vs dangerous patterns. Kind of an obvious way to eventually figure out which plants or environments are hazardous.
But some things don’t fit that mold too easily like earthquakes, volcanoes, droughts, and other freaky weather or disease outbreaks. I’m sure the caribes figured out what season brought hurricanes but that’s too easy compared to those other disasters. When you attempt to apply the humanistic/naturistic mind to these problems, you get logical screw ups like human sacrifice.
You also have to realize that on a fundamental level, these folks are no different than folks today. If you were transported back in time and born in their world, you’d act just like them and vice versa. Same critters, so to say.
So if you think this apparently arbitrary and capricious world of nature is controlled by gods you might ask the same question people ask today after a disaster - how is it that god allows this to happen?
Well, maybe it’s because, like people, they get a little hungry. There’s this god of death, you see. So maybe like me when I haven’t eaten in awhile and I suddenly come upon some food, I notice I eat quite a bit more than normal.
Bingo presto, there’s your explanation for natural disaster - just a god getting hungry after a bit of a fast.
How to fix this? Simple! Just offer a regular diet of death and this will provide the satiety that precludes disasters from wiping out your tribe.
So start easy - criminals, enemy tribes, or just folks you don’t like. If the mountain starts rumbling, throw a couple hot chicks in there.
I don’t believe they actually believed it was necessary. I think it’s more likely that the people in charge knew it was a powerful tool to compel compliance. Just another variation of a fear society as Mayan Scharanski would have described it.
The mass murderer was a tool, not a belief. The Conquistadors rolling into those places is analogous to the Allied armies rolling into Nazi death camps. Thank God the societies were wiped out. Conquistadors were Heroes
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