posted on Oct, 10 2012 @ 03:45 PM
Originally posted by ollncasino
As brutal as the conquistadors were, they did the morally right thing destroying a civilization that sacrificed humans to a death god.
They sacrificed people for many reasons. From my understanding many were their vanquished enemies. Some were elites children sacrificed for better
farming conditions and others for a whole host of other reasons. I always get a kick out of many who attempt to apply modern virtues and sense or
morality to those cultures. The Aztec sacrificed their vanquished enemies to their Gods for various reasons. Chief among them was their gratitude for
the victory. Sometimes, They would sacrifice a select few from their own people if it was a perceived necessity, One has to get into the mind of the
Aztecs at the time. They had a different set of perceptions of the world and their place in it. Different than the Spaniards and way different than we
in the 21st Century.
Were they blood thirsty savages because of this?
They apparently had a very active religion which required sacrifice. To them it was considered normal. I don't agree with the practice one bit but I
understand where they were coming from in their mindset. Their Cities, Cultural development, Mathematics, Astronomy etc etc etc were amazingly
sophisticated and fairly advanced considering they had no known contact with the Western world of their period. Developed all on their own as far as
As far as the conquistadors. They were responsible both outright and inadvertently for more deaths and destruction of New world civilizations than the
preceding indigenous cultures and civilizations combined. The Spaniards were all about Gold, Conquest and plunder. Hell. Translate the word
The Spanish were known for being meticulous record keepers. What they recorded and described about Human sacrifice is accurate but their perception
and understanding of the reasons behind why the Aztec carried out such activities were all skewed by an overly conservative Catholic point of view.
This has apparently become a moral debate that is attempting to apply a modern set of morals to a people who did things their way for their
Did the Spaniard take advantage of this practice to further their agenda?
They knew full well that when the Church and State heard of such practices that would open the flood gates for further plunder. Because it would be
justified on several fronts. 1. The Church would come in to SAVE the savages and while that was going on. 2. The State would move in and rob them
blind of all their Gold and Silver. Which backfired on the Spanish economy soon after. [That's a topic of another thread]
Meanwhile and this is undeniable.
The vast majority were wiped out by the plague...