Goodbye, Columbus Day

10 Horrors Of Aztec Ritual Human Sacrifice

Here is Number 7:

Usually, a victim would be taken to the top of a great pyramid and laid down over a sacrificial stone. A priest would stand over him, holding a knife with a blade of volcanic glass. That blade would come down upon the victim’s chest and break it open, and the priest would tear out his still-beating heart.

The priest would hold the heart up high for all to see. Then he would dash it to pieces against the sacrificial stone. The lifeless body would be rolled down the steps of the pyramid, where butchers were waiting below to dismember the body piece by piece.

The skull would be removed and placed on a rack along with the skulls of the other sacrificed dead. Then the flesh from the body would be cooked into meals and fed to the nobles.

And Number 5:

Not every sacrifice was normal. There were exceptional times when things were done differently. Sometimes, the methods were different. Other times, the difference was the sheer volume.

The greatest was during the reconsecration of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs had spent years building up the temples in their capital city, and in 1487, the Great Pyramid was complete. They held a massive celebration to inaugurate their great temple—and slaughtered an incredible number of people.

The Aztecs claimed that they sacrificed 84,000 people over a period of four days. During the reign of the Aztecs, an estimated 250,000 people were sacrificed across Mexico during an average year.

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4 Responses to Goodbye, Columbus Day

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    Yeah, Happy Indigenous People’s Day.

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  2. Stella says:

    Demonization of our forefathers is probably why you rarely hear the story of the Pilgrim settlers on Thanksgiving Day.

    The Pilgrims lived in harmony with the natives, for the most part. The natives helped them when the Mayflower landed in what is now Plymouth, MA. Deacon Samuel Edson (my 8th great grandfather), was one of the 56 founders of Bridgewater, MA, along with Miles Standish and John Alden. He was born in England in 1613, arriving in this country in 1638, settling in Salem, MA.

    The founders of Bridgewater purchased the land from the great Chief Massasoit (“The White Man’s Friend) in 1649. Massasoit was the leader of the Wampanoag, natives of the northeastern woodlands.

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    • Menagerie says:

      When I was in jr. high school we put on what I think of as the “Speak for yourself John” play every year. I loved it, and it added a richness and depth and pride to Thanksgiving celebrations for me.

      I have already started telling my grandkids the history and stories of the pilgrims each fall as we bake cookies and breads and prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving.

      But I kind of do it with a sad heart, as I recognize how much our people have lost since I was a child.

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