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Originally posted by randyvs
reply to post by Alexander2533
OP Mel Gibson, from what I understand had a lot of research done for this movie.
 TlalocMain article: Child sacrifice in pre-Columbian cultures
Tlaloc was the god of rain. The Aztecs believed that if sacrifices weren't supplied for Tlaloc, rain wouldn't come and their crops wouldn't flourish. Leprosy and rheumatism, diseases caused by Tlaloc, would infest the village. Tlaloc required the tears of the young as part of the sacrifice. The priests made the children cry during their way to immolation: a good omen that Tlaloc would wet the earth in the raining season. In the Florentine Codex, also known as General History of the Things of New Spain, Sahagún wrote:
“ They offered them as sacrifices to [Tlaloc and Chalchiuhtlicue] so that they would give them water. ”
The table below shows the festivals of the 18-month year of the Aztec calendar and the deities with which the festivals were associated. In History of the Things of New Spain Sahagún confesses he was aghast at the fact that, during the first month of the year, the child sacrifices were approved by their own parents, who also ate their children.
Other young girls who were sacrificed included the "Chosen Women" or the "Virgins of the Sun". These were beautiful young girls, between 8 and 10 years old, chosen by the Inca officials throughout the vast empire. They were taken into a temple, for example in Machu Picchu, (were several corpses of young women were found), and were forbidden to leave for six to seven years. Their duties included keeping a fire always burning (does this remind us of the vestal priestesses of Rome?), making weavings used for ceremonial rituals. Although they were considered to be virgins, they were available for the pleasure of the Inca ruler or his nobles. At the end of their stay at the temple, they were either released, turned into concubines, or married into nobility. These young women were sometimes chosen as sacrificial victims. It is said that some of the Virgins of the Sun in the Cuzco temple of Coricancha were killed along with llamas, their blood painted on the Inca nobles by the leading Inca ruler.
It is the ritual killing of females where we gain unique information about Aztec ritual sacrifice, social order, and, to some extent, gender relations. The This statement may come as somewhat of a surpirse because the enemy male warriors has traditionally been the focus of study. However, a closer reading of hte ritual performances as described by Sahagun and others shows that women were ritutally slaughtered in one-third of the yearly festivals.
Perhaps Jay, like many of us, is struck dumb, hermeneutically speaking, in the face of the direct, sustained, vivid descriptionso f the preparations of the young women's bodies for sacrifice, the ritual deceptions and masquerades they were led throught, the occasional sexual use of the young women by warriors and rules, and the brutal ways they were stretched out on sacrificial stones by male preiests who beheaded them with the beaks of swordfish, extracted their hearts, and sometimes wore their skins.
Originally posted by randyvs
reply to post by Vitruvian
Mel Gibson and his father are Opus Dei. Please research this Catholic cult before responding........Gibson's reputation as a spokesman for the elite follows him. His movie about the so-called life of "The" Christ is a pure macabre fabrication as was the movie that supposedly is an accurate portrayal of the Mayan culture of death (not Aztecs) - APOCALYPTO ....... but still produced with the power elite's agenda in mind nonetheless.......Mel Gibson is a story teller for the power behind the power elite.........he's not much different than Oliver Stone and his phoney version of 9/11 (and JFK) which was also perfectly suited to the needs of the power elite.
In 2002, government archeologist Juan Alberto Roman Berrelleza announced the results of forensic testing on the bones of 42 children, mostly boys around age 6, sacrificed at Mexico City's Templo Mayor, the Aztecs' main religious site, during a drought.
All shared one feature: serious cavities, abscesses or bone infections painful enough to make them cry.
"It was considered a good omen if they cried a lot at the time of sacrifice," which was probably done by slitting their throats, Roman Berrelleza said.
Originally posted by Alexander2533
reply to post by Harte
Those urns were used for blood letting. Aztecs like Mayans would pour blood onto paper and into an urn, burn it, and have a vision of an ancestor.