Unformatted text preview: Nothingness” ( Clendinnen , 83). In order to assist their deceased ancestors who were traveling through the underworld, Clendinnen tells us that “For all of the four years kin made offerings of garments and equipment to ease the pains of the journey” ( Clendinnen , 83). Dying anywhere but the battlefield was shameful in this culture, and required substantial tribute by your next of kin to appease your failure. Clendinnen later tells us that dying off the battlefield opened oneself up to the “general annihilation of self” ( Clendinnen , 83). This helps to illustrate just how important triumph and glory on the battlefield were to the Aztec culture and way of life. Works Cited Clendinnen I. 1985. Past and Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 89 p....
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