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they conducted to show praise for their gods. Many of the tribes who weren’tfollowers of the Aztec Empire were strongly against the human rituals that were being held by the emperor. I can imagine if the Spaniards wouldn’t havemade alliances with the tribes who were against the empire. I think the AztecEmpire would of slaughter majority of the people and eventually the empire would have collapsed within, Great job this week. R/Carlos New!Aztec sacrificesJohn Plunkett(Dec 4, 2015 10:28 PM) - Read by: 2ReplyHello again class,So I chose the first question pertaining to human sacrifice in the Aztec Civilization. From the reading, I gathered just how important human sacrifice was to the Aztecs. It seemed to be the central pillar of their culture. With the belief that the world had been destroyed and remade four times before, sacrifice was crucial to stalling the coming apocalypse. If the Aztecs had made enough sacrifices, it was believed that the gods would step in and allow this world more time. If the sun rose the next morning they would make a fire on top of a living warrior and carry the fire across the empire. They even used sacrifices in order to signify the different seasons. For spring they would shoot the sacrifice with arrows designed to have the blood drip out of the shafts signifying the rains.This also went into ordinary life in the military. Warrior hopefuls were judged on their ability to bring home prisoners to be used as sacrifices. If the individual failed to bring one prisoner their first campaign they would not be warriors. From there on out, warriors were judged on whether or not they could bring home four sacrifices. If one could be counted as a warrior, they would be considered as part of the noble class.
The sacrifices even played an integral part in the fledgling years of a new ruler. As soon as theytook power, they would begin a war in order to maintain power across the empire. If the ruler failed to bring home enough prisoners for sacrifice they would be seen as having a weak rule and in the case of Tizoc, this led to his assassination.Scholars have offered two different views on the practice. Either their religion requiring sacrifices lead them to expanding the Aztec Empire, or did the expansion of the Aztec Empire lead to such a heavy emphasis on human sacrifice. I have to admit, I wish there were more records that survived the Spanish, if they ever existed, that could lead to a conclusive definition. As such a foreign concept, I wonder how a culture got so centered on sacrificing that many people.I look forward to reading y’alls posts!JohnJohn, I took a lot from your post and you made great points regarding their ideals on sacrificial rituals. I strongly believe the reasons for their human rituals is a little bit of both views, religion base and empire expansion.During the Mesoamericans period, which the Aztecs convincible had domination of most of the Mexica region strongly believed in their gods. They praised their gods for the gifts they had received for example, water, sun, sky, mountains and so on. So to keep these gifts that was believed given by their gods they

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