Living with Sacrifice: Gender as Ideal and Experience in Aztec Culture (Early Modern History: Society and Culture)
The history of the Aztecs has been haunted by the spectre of human sacrifice. As bloody priests and brutal warriors, the Aztecs have peopled the pages of history, myth and fiction, their spectacular violence dominating perceptions of their culture and casting a veil over their unique way of life. Reinvesting the Aztecs with a humanity frequently denied to them, and explor
Key highlights for me:
Aztec civilization flourished from about 1350; at the time of conquest Tenochtitlan was the heart of the empire, with 400 cities sending tribute and captives, "tribute to fulfil the religious obligations of a society centered on human sacrifice." Emphasizes that human sacrifice was widely practiced and "brutal religious zeal was apparent in the awe-inspiring displays of violence which shaepd thelives o ...more
As a history student, I enjoyed how the author detailed how they analysed the sources and the other interpretations there were out there, it was quite helpful but to the average reader this will probably get on your nerves if it's not something you're interested in.
The book was p ...more