reply to post by SheopleNation
The Aztecs surely sacrificed people as an offer to the gods. They were a brutal people, yet very intelligent. Look at the games they would play
where usually the losers were put to death.
Look mate... I really enjoyed the majority of your post, but I do not understand how you came to this conclusion.
Every interpretation of Aztec culture is biased.
Unless of course, you talk to an actual Aztec descendent, and even then their view of their own history could very well be biased because the ancient
Aztec population was forced into slavery while being taught Christianity to somehow make up for the fact that they were being forced into slavery.
We really don't know what those pictograms mean.
The Aztec language of Nahuatl was itself Latinized.
The only known remnant of the language is written in Latin script.
The majority of the codices left are post-invasion Codices that contain explanations of the pictograms and recordings of Aztec culture; however, these
explanations and recordings are written in Spanish, Latin and Latinized Nahuatl.
The Aztecs who wrote these post-invasion codices were limited to those who had been taught/brainwashed by the conquering Spaniards.
They were Aztecs who either obviously suffered from Stockholm Syndrome or acquiesced to the desires of the plundering Spaniards in order to save their
To say that these codices were recorded under duress is an understatement.
At best, the only objective conclusion possible is that we truly do not know how the pictograms in the pre-invasion codices translate.
The mainstream POV is that the pre-invasion codices contain pictograms showing religious ritual.
The supposed human sacrifices.
But let's think critically for a moment...
Forget that fact that the actual interpretation of the pictograms is heavily biased.
The status quo view is that the invading Spaniards burned nearly all of the Meso-American codices.
But somehow the monks managed to save a few.
How fortunate and timely, especially for those who benefit from portraying the Aztecs as savages.
Who benefits you ask?
The same monks who saved the codices.
And the few that the monks saved are now used to give insight into the Aztec culture.
But the few that they saved also happen to be the ONLY cultural remnants that supposedly validate this idea of human sacrifice.
I simply refuse to believe that the Spaniards burned these codices because they were appalled by the Aztec practice of human sacrifice.
This makes no sense.
First... The central figure of their OWN religion was a human freaking sacrifice.
And second.... The invading Spaniards conquered the Aztecs through murdering them.
How can anyone with a modicum of critical thinking skills reconcile this?
This story makes much more sense if the motive for burning the codices was the fact that the conquering Spaniards and the monks that sought to convert
the Aztecs to Christianity had the primary goal of destroying the Aztec's history in order to revise it and portray them as savages.
And the best way to do this would be to save the very few codices that supposedly validate this revised history of human sacrifice.
And it just so happens that the very same monks who desired to convert the Aztecs and save them from their barbaric history somehow fortunately saved
the same codices now used to convince future generations that the Aztecs were savages who practiced human sacrifice.
And what exactly did the monks use to save these savage Aztecs from their barbaric practice of human sacrifice?
What system of belief will relieve them of the burden of sacrifice?
A religion built upon having faith in a mythological man who himself was a human sacrifice.
How can anyone buy into this boloney?