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The Aztec Beliefs

Post  Brock M. Hay on Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:05 pm

The Aztec religion is unique unlike any other religion that the world has experienced, their pure culture and cities are unlike any other. Cortes can be considered one of history's most evil and notorious villian for destroying that land so that we could not awe at it today. The Aztecs believe that they originated from an area far north that they call the seven caves. In the year 720 AD they set off from their own land because their patriarch god, the god of both war and the sun, told them that they would find a promise land to build their civilization. After a two hundred year of nomadic travels south, they found the valley of Mexico, where their promise land was waiting. This can be precieved from an anthropologist's point of view as the migration that took place from the ice bridge between Russia and Alaska. The Aztec belief of the need for human sacrifice was very serious, the ones who volunteered for it (yes they volenteered) would live eternity after death with the sun and their patriarch god. A sacrificial death was the most honorable death above anything. The Aztecs believed that extracting the heart of each sacrificed person would feed the sun so it would rise again the next day, the human heart was considered the most powerfull and valueable thing that a motal contains. If the sun was not fed any human hearts, then the sun would never rise again and the people would slowly go to their doom. There was aparently four suns before this one in Aztec view, four worlds before us. In the first world, the people were all murdered by a mass jaguar attack, in the second world, an outstandingly powerful wind blew the people away to their dooms. In the third world, a volcanic euruption killed them all, and in the fourth world, it was a great flood that destroyed them. This was the last sun and the last world so they could not afford to lose it. Anthropologists compare each world's doom with another type of logical natural disaster, overpopulted jaguars desperate for food, a hurricane,a volcanic euruption, and a flood or a tsunami. Other sacrifices consisted of the preist eating the people's cooked limbs, others consisted of people being deskined and people wearing their skin, we do not know much for the purpose of these other sacrifices but they were very crucial. Every fifty two years the high priest went to the summet of Mexico valley's highest mountain, there they took out their sacrificed person's heart, and started a fire in his body. If the fire was not lit, the stars would turn into monsters and death would come on them all. Sacrificing is not at all savage in an Aztec point of view, it is simply doing what is necessary. The Aztecs also had a prophecy that a white skined bearded man, who was their god that left long ago, would bring the wealth, thats exactly what the emperor Moctezuma thought Cortes was. Then as soon as the fighting began, the Aztecs related it to their prophecy about a holy war that would end their empire and exile them back to their land where they came from. The Aztec disendants today probably believe that since they were in the valley of Mexico for so long, their ancestors had forgooten the location of the seven caves where they came from, and dispersed in seaarch for it. The Aztecs that live today believe in all the same things as their ancestors, and fight for their heritage on a daily basis becausee they were in my opinion, the world's most unique people.
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Post  MariaelenaFarina on Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:01 pm

This post was great, i think that you capped every single detail from the documentary in class on Friday!
Here are some specific details that i thought were interesting about the Aztecs:
- They believed that the way to keep the sun coming up every day was by human sacrifice. (they did not see it as murder...)
- To worship the Rain God, children would be sacrificed but they would be required to cry. (that makes me very, very sad Sad
- Priests would eat the limbs of the sacrificed by putting it in a "sacred" soup.

BTW, i think that it is going to be very interesting to learn more about the Aztecs! Smile

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Post  LauraNoaBassano on Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:16 pm

I think that Cortes was really a evil person.. How can you kill all those people when they give you everything you want, they see you like a God and they are not even capable to defend themselves from knives and other technological tools utilized in war? How can you just go there and ruin all their lives?
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