Rituals and Sacrifices of the Aztecs (continued) Oct 16, 2013 23:56:51 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Oct 16, 2013 23:56:51 GMT -5
Facts about Aztec Sacrifice
• The Aztecs believed people who were sacrificed to the gods, women who died during labor and the men who were killed in battle or war became companions of the sun for five years, after which they were reborn as hummingbirds or butterflies.
• The priests chose suitable people after which they would eat the flesh and drink some of the blood of the sacrificial victim.
• Once a victim was chosen, he was taken to the altar in the temple or pyramid where the priest would cut his flesh while he was still alive and removed his heart and burned it. The corpse would ten be thrown from the pyramid. If the victim were brave, he was considered worthy of respect and instead of having his body thrown from the pyramid, his corpse would be carried down the steps. The only exception was that when the sacrifice was to Huehueteotl – god of food, cold, warmth and death – wherein the victim was first thrown into the fire alive and removed just prior to death to have his heart removed and burned.
• The Aztecs believed that Tlaloc, God of Rain, loved having children sacrificed to him in the spring so that he could use the tears of the victim's family and friends to provide rain for the growing crops.
• In a unique ceremony, virgins were sacrificed to the goddess Xochipilli, wherein their legs were crossed before their hearts were cut out.
• In another bizarre ritual, a woman representing Xochiquetzal was killed after which a priest wore her skin and sat in the temple while craftsmen dressed as animals danced around him.
• Whenever the Aztecs ran out of food, they would eat the meat from the dead bodies of enemies killed in battle, but they never ate their dead comrades.
• Another strange ritual took place in the fifth month wherein the most handsome man in the land was allowed to have his way with four girls for one night. The next morning, the girls would dance their way to the sacrificial stone where they and the man were sacrificed to the god Tezcatlipoca.
Sources: The Aztecs and History of the Aztecs.