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MEXICO: AZTEC SACRIFICE. Aztecs offering human sacrifices to the sun-god. Aztecs performing ritual sacrifice on a stone inscribed with the Aztec account of their history. Drawing, late 19th century


MEXICO: AZTEC SACRIFICE. Aztecs offering human sacrifices to the sun-god. Aztecs performing ritual sacrifice on a stone inscribed with the Aztec account of their history. Drawing, late 19th century


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MEXICO: AZTEC SACRIFICE. Aztecs offering human sacrifices to the sun-god. Aztecs performing ritual sacrifice on a stone inscribed with the Aztec account of their history. Drawing, late 19th century

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Altar American Indian Aztec Calendar Folk Lore Human Sacrifice Idol Latin America Latin American Life Mesoamerica Mesoamerican Mexican Mexico Pre Columbian Sacrifice Stone Sun God Temalacatl Worship


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This print from the late 19th century takes us back to ancient Mexico, where the Aztecs performed ritual sacrifices as offerings to their sun-god. The image portrays a significant moment in Aztec history, showcasing their deep-rooted beliefs and practices. The scene unfolds with solemnity and intensity as we witness an Aztec ceremony taking place on a stone altar inscribed with the account of their civilization's past. The drawing captures the essence of this sacred act, highlighting the devotion and reverence shown by these indigenous people towards their deities. The sun-god idol stands tall amidst the worshippers, its presence commanding both fear and veneration. This engraving serves as a powerful reminder of how religion played a central role in shaping Aztec society. The artist's attention to detail allows us to observe every aspect of this ancient rite - from the intricate carvings on the stone altar to the expressions on each participant's face. It is through images like these that we gain insight into Mesoamerican culture and folklore. As we contemplate this piece, let us reflect upon how different civilizations throughout history have expressed their spirituality. May it serve as a testament to our shared human experience while reminding us of the diverse traditions that have shaped our world.

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