By Caroline Dodds Pennock

The background of the Aztecs has been haunted through the spectre of human sacrifice. As bloody clergymen and brutal warriors, the Aztecs have peopled the pages of heritage, fantasy and fiction, their surprising violence dominating perceptions in their tradition and casting a veil over their targeted lifestyle. Reinvesting the Aztecs with a humanity often denied to them, and exploring their spiritual violence as a understandable section of lifestyles and lifestyles, Caroline Dodds Pennock integrates a clean interpretation of gender with an cutting edge research of the standard lifetime of the Aztecs. This was once a tradition of contradictions and issues, yet in among the grand ritual we will locate the private and personal, the trivialities of existence which make the area of those outstanding humans immediately generic. regardless of their violent bloodshed, the Aztecs have been a compassionate and expressive those who lived and labored in cooperative gendered partnership.

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Most of the captives who trudged across the causeway into Tenochtitlan would find themselves stretched on one of the sacrificial stones at the summit of the Templo Mayor, their hearts excised and their bodies dismembered to satisfy the demands of the impassive idols. 22 Reaching the temple platform, the helpless individual was confronted with the sight of the great sacrificial stone, stained with the blood, which also matted the hair of the magnificently adorned priests. Seized by these gory apparitions, the victim was stretched backwards over a stone altar, each limb extended by a priest so that the back was arched and the chest stretched taut and raised high toward the heavens.

Once again, the behaviour of a captive reflects not only his own pride and masculinity, but also that of his captor. The ideals of manhood 34 Bonds of Blood were reinforced by Moctezuma’s expectations of Tlahuicolli’s behaviour. As a warrior colleague, the tlatoani was content to comfort his enemy on the misfortune of his capture, but as soon as the Tlaxcalan infringed masculine ideals by his cowardly display of homesickness, it became impossible for him to receive ‘manly’ treatment. In the behaviour and expectations of both warriors, ideals of manhood were displayed and reinforced.

The ideals of manhood 34 Bonds of Blood were reinforced by Moctezuma’s expectations of Tlahuicolli’s behaviour. As a warrior colleague, the tlatoani was content to comfort his enemy on the misfortune of his capture, but as soon as the Tlaxcalan infringed masculine ideals by his cowardly display of homesickness, it became impossible for him to receive ‘manly’ treatment. In the behaviour and expectations of both warriors, ideals of manhood were displayed and reinforced. There is no suggestion that Tlahuicolli was concerned for his own life or condition: the assumption was made and unchallenged that, as a warrior, he was disdainful of his own life.

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