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Author Topic: Weak spot - human sacrifice  (Read 7069 times)
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« Reply #15: June 02, 2008, 03:10:22 am »

Not all the blood sacrifices that the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas (and their neighbors) conducted involved killing humans
And on a different note the historian David Brion Davis even sees parallels between animal and human sacrifices especially in the case of slaves being sacrificed. Not all cultures have the concept of 'human' we have today. I don't know about the Aztecs, but some cultures were just racist and saw another race as on the stage of animals, others thought that captives of war had lost their right to live and so even though they aren't naturally different from other humans they could rightfully be treated like animals.

In Inumane Bondage Davis mentions the tribe of the Tupinamba from Brazil who sacrificed and ate slaves ritually like they did with animals.

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« Reply #16: June 02, 2008, 12:40:41 pm »

Yes, the body was sacred. To the Aztecs a person had three essences, the tonalli (head), the teyolia (heart) and the ihiyotl (liver). The tonalli was what governed their fate and the hair of the individual held the essence of the person’s tonalli essentially its energy which is why decapitation after the original sacrifice the heart was also sometimes practiced and why heads where put on a tzompantli (skull rack). The teyolia was where the soul was which is why the sacrifice of the heart was so important and highly regarded because essentially you were offering a person’s soul to the Gods. The ihiyotl was the seat (if you will) of an individual’s primitive reactions.

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« Reply #17: June 02, 2008, 12:59:41 pm »

Thank you for elaborating. Smiley

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