Friday, April 20, 2007

Treading carefully

I note that thousand year old remains of sacrificed children have been discovered in Mexico:

"They had some incisions on the vertebrae that suggested they had used some sort of [stone] to cut their throats," [an archaeologist] said.

Accounts written by Spanish priests soon after Spain conquered the Aztecs in 1521 indicated that the tribe had sacrificed children and archeologists have since discovered the remains of some Aztec children who had been offered to the rain god.

The Toltecs are thought to have dominated central Mexico between the 10th and 12th centuries, before the Aztecs rose to prominence.

The Aztecs believed that sacrificed children would become the servants of Tlaloc, and bring more rain, said Archaeologist Victor Arribalzaga, who is excavating a temple to Tlaloc on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City.

The new evidence suggests that the Toltecs may have had similar beliefs.
But I'd better not comment. I wouldn't want to insult a religion.

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