More data is known about human sacrifices in Mesoamerica

More data is known about human sacrifices in Mesoamerica

It is known to all that during the heyday of cities of great importance in Mesoamerica as may be the case of Teotihuacán, which is in the news again since the results of a study on human sacrifices at that stage have been published.

It has been revealed that about 2,000 years ago the city had wild animals in captivity like jaguars, lynxes, cougars, eagles, foxes, and even rattlesnakes. According to research it is believed that these animals could be fed with people who were thrown into their enclosure to be eaten.

One of the teams of archaeologists working in Teotihuacán made a find of almost 200 bones of animals that were sacrificed and that were placed inside the pyramids, something that would go back between the years 1 and 500. But among the animal bones found, different human remains were also found.

As stated by those responsible for the investigation in recent excavations carried out in the tunnels inside the pyramids of the Moon and the Sun, have come to find different offerings dedicated to the construction of these constructions and not only the objects considered as of material or ritualistic importance but also human remains, confirming once again the presence of human sacrifices in those times.

Likewise have confirmed that the use of humans as food for predators has a long history and that it is not something unique to this time and this latitude but it is something that was also done in Ancient Egypt, with which they already have many more things in common besides the pyramids.

The Romans also made human sacrifices, although in this case it was for the entertainment of the public in circuses, who enjoyed seeing how a lion or any other kind of beast faced a person, devouring it before the gaze and delight of all those present.

It is believed, although it is very likely that it will never be known for sure, that wild animals ate human beings in Teotihuacán with great frequency, since the analysis of both the bones and the teeth of some of the animals, have large amounts of C₄, which is normally found in high concentrations in corn, a basic element in the Mesoamerican diet, so that this human-based diet could have more to do with ritual or offerings than with anything else.

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