The Aztec made lots of human sacrifices to their gods with their own people and war prisoners.
Hi I'm a Historian. Today we are going to have a look at the Aztec gods.
First we need to talk about how the Aztecs thought the world was created.
The Aztecs thought that it took 5 attempts to create Earth.
Then they finally got it right when they all sacrificed themselves.
This is why the Aztecs made human sacrifices.
The god Quetzalcoatl created humans and had several attempts at it.
To create humans he used parts of the failed attempts and his own blood which is why we're all different sizes.
The Aztec believed in natural balance
They believed that there were 13 layers in heaven and 9 layers in the underworld.
They would go into a period of morning and burn their furniture. They would only know that they were safe for the next 52 years if a specific constellation was in the sky.
They also believed that every 52 years the world would end.
Some of their beliefs of the afterlife are if you died as a sacrifice to Huitzilopochtli would aid in the fight against darkness, some would be reincarnated into other animals and in the end they would have to live in darkness