Mayan Civilization Human Sacrifice

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Mayan Civilization Human Sacrifice

Maya priests used obsidian knives, stingray spines, and knotted cords to draw blood from their own bodies as offerings to a god.

Mayan CivilizationHuman Sacrifice

A myth of the creation reveals that a feathered serpent brought time from the Underworld to humans. The feathered serpent is marked with a calendar, human sacrifice, and rulership.

The Maya may have employed a sympathetic magic in their human sacrifices when they put humans down a well during a drought.

Maya thought their gods required human sacrifice to maintain the order of the universe.

It is thought that wars were waged to provide sacrificial victims.


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