Aztec Human Sacrifice

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Aztec Human Sacrifice


Map of Aztec Empire

While it is unknown how many people lost their lives to sacrifice, it is estimated that around 20,000 people were sacrificed a year.

Victims of human sacrifice would be painted as a part of the ritual, then placed on a slab where their heart would be removed and held up to the sun. Their body would then be thrown down the stairs of the temple/pyramid.

To dispose of the bodies, they would either feed them to animals at the zoo, put them on display, or on some occasions there were accounts of cannibalism.

Human sacrifice took place because of the great religious significance there was to the Aztecs.

The loss of human life from these sacrifices is what weakened their powerful nation.


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