The Aztecs Sacrificed 1% Of Their Population Every Year, Or About 250,000 People

Human sacrifice was a religious practice of the pre-Columbian Aztec civilization, as well as other Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya and the Zapotec. The extent of the practice is debated by modern scholars. Spanish explorers, soldiers and clergy who had contact with the Aztecs made observations of and wrote reports about the practice of human sacrifice. Michael Harner, in his 1977 article The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice, estimates the number of persons sacrificed in central Mexico in ...  View More
September 14, 2016 Jessica