Human sacrifice as appeasement of the Gods is a universal norm. The Aztec have the reputation of being more earnest than most in this practice. This particular article explores an aspect of this practice, that of the God or Goddess becoming flesh, and in flesh being sacrificed for a greater good.
Sir James George Frazer was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion. He is often considered one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology. His work, The Golden Bough: a Study of Magic and Religion has a chapter that explores the symbolic eating of the God, a practice central to the Christian faith. The Aztecs, to the surprise of the Spanish chroniclers, also had a similar ritual.
Tlaloc, Chac and Cocijo are all manifestations of the duality of Quetzalcoatl and the Rain God of Teotihuacan, of which the Rain God as central to life is paired with the feathered serpent, he who brings Knowledge. Sir James George Frazer was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages […]
Texcatlipoca, or “Smoking Mirror,” was an omnipresent and omnipotent god, the god of the night sky and memory. Here he carries the same shield as Huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun and war. The volutes on his temple represent butterflies or fallen soldiers. White feathers were placed in the hair of sacrificial victims.
The great Aztec Sun Stone was unearthed in Mexico in 1790 by accident and remains one of the most remarkable vestiges of the Aztec Empire ever found. When the viceroy had ordered repairs to the paving of the great Plaza Mayor to improve the drainage in the front of the cathedral, workmen had struck a large stone below the surface, almost in front of the viceroy’s palace. The Stone, a solid piece of gray-black basalt, measured twelve feet across and was almost three feet thick, and weighed about twenty-four tons.