God of the Month: Tezcatlipoca

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Illustrations found in Aztec codices (books written by pre-Columbian and colonial-era Aztecs) depicting human sacrifices.
The first is a sacrifice to Tezcatlipoca, the god of Night, the North and Sorcery, a yearly ceremony where a young boy playing music with four flutes was slaughtered at the stairs of a temple outside Tenochtitlan.
Human sacrifice and other forms of torture – self-inflicted or otherwise – were common to many parts of the New World, while the Aztecs in particular have been described as cannibals, sodomites, alcoholics and polygamists.
More on Aztec culture and sacrificial rituals here and here.


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