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Pre-Columbian Civilizations The Aztecs The Aztecs are most commonly described as Evil Incarnate , and to be fair they did kill people as part of their religion. Every month—that is, eighteen times a year—they'd have a big festival and party a bit, and then they'd have a human sacrifice. While fun for those on the right end of the knife, it did carry a deeper meaning. In Aztec Mythology , the gods are continually sacrificing themselves so that the universe can keep existing. So they felt indebted to the gods. Instead of praying, people would cut themselves with knives and cover some thorns with their blood, then put the thorns in the temple. The Aztecs themselves reported 80,400 sacrifices in a four-day period on one occasion (but they probably fudged the numbers a lot, considering that to hit that number there would have to a sacrifice every 4 seconds for all four days). Most likely, they sacrificed "only" a couple thousand a year. Fun fact: Each god had a specific sacrificial offering,
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Unformatted text preview: and Quetzalcoatl's sacrifice consisted of butterflies and hummingbirds. Now we've shooed the elephant out of the room, we can talk about the stuff people usually don't know about the Aztecs. Let's start with history. The Mexica (pronounced "Mesheeka") people migrated to southern Mexico in the 13th century, probably from Arizona, and settled there, soon founding the city-states of Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, and Tlacopan. They joined together into the Aztec Triple Alliance, known today as the Aztec Empire, in 1428. The Aztecs had a different way of looking at an empire; rather than seeing the lowest parts as something to be ruled from the top, they considered the top to be constituted of the parts. (No, that doesn't mean you get a room in the palace. Get back in the field and keep constituting.) They fell apart around 75 years later, with the Conquistadors allying themselves with the Aztecs' nemesis the Tlaxcala Confederacy and wiping them out....
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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