Scholars calculate that the largest heads weigh between 25 and 55 tonnes 28 and 61 short tons. The San Lorenzo and La Venta heads, on the other hand, were probably carved from the basalt of Cerro Cintepec, on the southeastern side,  perhaps at the nearby Llano del Jicaro workshop, and dragged or floated to their final destination dozens of miles away. Some monuments, and at least two heads, were recycled or recarved, but it is not known whether this was simply due to the scarcity of stone or whether these actions had ritual or other connotations.
This is a very interesting and well written post! At a first glance, it seems like such a distant ritual compared to how we behave in the modern world, but I believe that it is still very real. Today we still have human sacrifice for our leaders. In medieval times, prisoners were tortured publically and it was a celebrated event!
Moving on to not that long ago in The United States, hangings were quite frequent and it was an exciting family event to go!
Even now, when someone gets lethal injection and an audience is permitted. Yes it does come from laws, but more importantly it comes from morality, and our morality is linked to our world view, which includes religion.
It is gruesome to think of ancient Aztec kings ripping out the still beating heart of a prisoner and pushing them down the pyramid, but we still do it now. The only difference is we paint it in a different light. For some reason whenever the topic of human sacrifice comes up, I always think of the movie El Dorado.
This intrigued, scared, and left me in disbelief all at the same time. The movie, Apocalypto, was a pretty savage interpretation of the Aztec culture.
Although, the movie was greatly exaggerated, it was good depiction of Aztec brutality and savagery, at least from a sophisticated standpoint. The blood and gore of Aztec culture was disturbing to say the least, but that what was the norm at the time.
Tribes were always competing with each other and each tribe needed to do what was best in order to survive and intimidate other tribes. Overall, I thought this to be a very interesting and insightful post.
I was interesting to find out how the priests performed the ritual of human sacrifice and this post appeals to the inner savagery every human has no matter how advanced our race and culture has become. As humans, we still have an inner barbarian nuance of our subconsciousness.
Jose Garza on April 27, at 7: The Aztec sacrifice rituals are a great topic of interest to Archaeologists, especially when one considers how in an empire of such magnificence, such acts of barbarism occurred.
However, the sight of human sacrifice quickly made Spanish conquerors view the Aztecs as nothing more than devil worshiping savages. Upon arriving at the city center Where the temples of the war god, Huitzilopochtli, and the rain god, Tlaloc, stood Spanish conquistadors recorded in their diaries some of the gruesome scenes that they witnessed.
Also, when Cortes met with the Aztec priests, he noted that their hair was stained in blood and they reeked of the stench of rancid meat. Before they got word from Cortes, however, they were ambushed in the night by an elite group of Aztec warriors. As was custom for the Aztecs who used obsidian clubs to impair rather than kill their enemythe warriors took most of the Spanish as prisoners and took them to the abandoned city site of Teotihuacan.
Upon arriving at Teotihuacan, the Aztec warriors had a priest sacrifice all of the Spanish captives. The evidence for this came both from a grave of the remains of men, women, and horses near Teotihuacan as well as from a Spanish diary written by a man who had recorded the scene that followed the capture of the Spanish group.
This drawing gave archaeologists evidence of this incident in that the Aztecs did not often have beards as were depicted in this picture, and horses had not yet been released in Mesoamerica, thus leaving the Spanish as the only possible people depicted in the drawing.
Nathan Santoscoy on April 28, at I thought that this post was very interesting and covers a subject that many people like to ignore and shy away from because it causes discomfort.
The idea of sacrificing a human life to an unrealized deity is something that society finds distasteful, as do I personally. However, last semester I took a class on religion and culture ANP which I suggest to anyone interested in how theories of how religion interacts with culture have evolved over time or who has an interest in how culture and religion influence each other.
For my final paper in that class I decided to focus on this exact subject, human sacrifice, especially in the Aztec context.The Stuck Truck, a novel by Henry Anker (Free to Read online, Download, or Print). Five hundred years ago, Spanish conquistadors searching for gold and new lands to settle stumbled on a group of independent city-states in Mesoamerica, a region extending for more than a thousand miles from the desert of northern Mexico to the rain forest of Central America.
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