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Cannibalism and Aztec human sacrifice

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Zink, Stephanie
Date
May 2008
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Aztecs -- Rites and ceremonies; Human sacrifice -- Mexico; Cannibalism -- Mexico
Abstract
As the nature of Aztec cannibalism is poorly known, this paper examines the extent to which it was practiced and the motives behind it. Using the methodology of documentary research I have determined that the Aztecs did in fact engage in cannibalism, specifically ritual and gustatory cannibalism, however, the extent of it is indefinite. The analysis that I have conducted suggests that, while several hypotheses exist, there is only one that is backed by the evidence: Aztec cannibalism was practiced for religious reasons. In order to better understand this issue, other hypotheses must be examined.
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