Aztec Religion

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The Bloody Religion of the Aztecs Blood, murder, and wars are words that come to mind when thinking about the Aztecs. Culture shapes religion, or religion shapes the culture. Whatever the case may be there is a connection between the two. In order to fully grasp and understand their actions, one must be informed about their culture and past events. A mystery surrounds the topic about Aztecs; it is not known where they came from or why. Their journey consisted of much moving. Often seen as violent and harsh, they were constantly forced to move by neighbors. Huitzilopochtli (hummingbird) was their god, who was leading them into this adventure. Myth says that Huitzilopochtli spoke to them, telling them to a build home where they spot an eagle…show more content…
The land was divided into four parts, each containing a local leader. New York Times states, “The city of Mexico, was on a whole, much more magnificent then any European city”. They had very strict rules, disregard towards them led to harsh punishments. Lying and stealing were prohibited. Consequences ranged between shaving of hair to death or slavery. Much like the caste system of the Buddhism, Aztecs had their own social groups. How one made a living determined how one should dress (The quality and designed of the fabric), the punishments, even the way one’s house should be built. “By law, ordinary people clothes’ had to be made of plain material, usually cactus fiber. Nobles were allowed to wear fine, smoother cloth woven from cotton and decorated with brightly colored embroidery” (Macdonald 16). The nobles were expected to behave better than the rest; therefore their punishments for the same crimes were more…show more content…
The God of sun ideal gift was bloody hearts and heads. The victims included captives from wars, women and children. When killing the sufferers they did not do it out of cruelty, sympathy was felt for them. Not only did the captives cry, but the spectators felt the pain as well. “Some of the captives were weeping, some were keening, and others were beating their palms against their mouths.” (Wymborny, 22) .Tears were seen a excellent sign; Hence they brought rain. For those who volunteered to be sacrificed, strong sedatives were given to
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