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Most of us know sacrifices happen in religion but don’t you go giving them all the credit. This notion/idea of sacrificial ritual goes as far back as the Aztec’s and Maya people in Mexico.
These two peoples held similar beliefs.
They thoughts that the Gods had shed a shit load of blood in order for the humans to live in this world, they felt it was only noble that they return the favour. So far very gallant.
This creation myth goes something like this:
The Aztec’s believed that the Gods had destroyed four suns (eras) and the God of wind-Quetzacoatl and his shady accomplice –Tlaltecuhtli. ( I am so glad I am not standing in front of a bunch of people giving a presentation trying to pronounce theses name. The pluses of being a writer : D
In order for the humans to have everything they needed to survive..
A great sacrifice had to be made.
Roll in the Greek Goddess/ God (always bloody women :D) – the two characters above with the unpronounceable names ripped her body apart!
Ripped he body in half! She howled in agony-
She may have said this or something like it.She did make a pretty fair compromise, she said:
” If I have to go through this savagery to make a new heaven and earth;then I want pumping,bloody, human hearts to endure this.”
Okay so far -pretty bloody.
There is a tender moment to this creation myth. All future sacrifices had to include blood. So to create a new awesome planet- no global warming, plastic floating in the sea, poisoned fish.
The first stars were born from the blood of Quetzacoatl’s tongue.
How romantic? erm……..
How did that happen?
He felt like he wanted a tongue ring and pierced it himself. I am not sure how hygienic that is so please please always seek a professional tongue /body part piercer.
A fifth sun was needed and so Tecuciztecatl and Nanahuatzin moulded together and made themselves into a funeral pyre and became the sun and moon.
A bunch of other Gods wanted to do their good Samaritan deed of the day 😉 and they gave their hearts to allow the sun to move across the sky.
Who need gas and petrol?
The Aztec’s and Maya people were in soem serious debt to the Gods. These Gods were the original loan shark debt collectors. The humans were forever in the red.
Quetzacoatl had a taste for blood and he didn’t stop with the tongue piercing. He rebelled and he became the God of under world. One minute he is innocently having his tongue pieced and then
boom! – the dark side has taken his soul …..
Okay I may be over dramatizing this bit.
This bit is true!
He scoured the earth for human bones and ground them (maybe) with a mortar ans pestle and made them into a fine meal flour with all the remains from the four previous suns/eras. He may have got a knife and sliced his wrist and let his blood drip over the human meal to make a new race of humans.
According to the Maya myth. It takes 52 years for a cycle to end. This end could be the end of the entire human race.
The Mayans huddled together in a group and brainstormed. One got a sheet of paper and a few marker pens and they got some ideas down.
An Aztec or Mayan dude spoke up,
“Like okay dudes, this is pretty serious shit, any ideas?”
Silence and poker faces moves past like a small breeze across their faces. Finally one dude pipes up. He may have lit a cig and inhaled it and then paused, let the smoke exhale slowly – only for effect of course.
” Okay the Gods want blood? We want to live.” Lots of heads nodding in agreement. Dude continues:
” There is this business strategy I learned in TED talks – it’s called ‘Auto sacrifice:” he motions for the pen marker to write that down on a sheet. Another dude’s face lights up :
“Oh yeah I saw that one. Good episode. What was it?” Scratches his head-trying to remember what was said”
Precious seconds tick by,
” that’s it! All we need to do is give the Gods our blood and then they will let us live.”
A pompous character at the back, with eyebrows that appear to be knitted joined in the middle,arms crossed says:
” Oh yeah that is pretty fucking civilized. ” There is always one with the sarky (sarcastic) comments. “
The initiator of the auto sacrifice idea cries out:
” come on guys, let the juices flow. Get creative!”
Then seemingly all at once ideas on how to auto -sacrifice come in thick and fast. Every group member shouts out:
” I have some sting ray spines we can pierce our skins with”
“I have an Obsidian knife” –
” we can pierce our ears, tongue, knee ,elbow” Some really creative dude chimes in:
” Our foreskins!” the dudes visibly drew back but they were a proud bunch and really wanted to live and so that was put on to the brain storm chart too .
There we have it. I could go on but the I think I have told the best bits.