Aztecs – Human Sacrifice

The cycle of fifty-two years was central to Mesoamerican cultures. The Nahua’s religious beliefs were based on a great fear that the universe would collapse after each cycle if the gods were not strong enough. Every fifty-two years a special New Fire ceremony was performed. All fires were extinguished and at midnight a human sacrifice was made. The Aztecs waited for the dawn. If the Sun appeared it meant that the sacrifices for this cycle had been enough. A fire was ignited on the body of a victim, and this new fire was taken to every house, city and town. Rejoicing was general: a new cycle of fifty-two years was beginning, and the end of the world had been postponed, at least for another 52-year cycle.

Original image(below) – From Karen’s Whimsy

Photography has been a hobby now for about 15 years and is forever evolving as is my experience and techniques with photoshop. At the moment i love vintage images and have an uncontrollable urge to add textures to everything, addicted? Yes! Thanks for taking the time to view my work.

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Comments

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    great

  • Thankyou.

    – garts

  • blottie
    blottieabout 4 years ago

    stunning

  • Thankyou Julie.

    – garts

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerover 3 years ago

    wonderfully treated RD, a great piece of art

  • Thanks very much Solomon.

    – garts

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