Skip to comments.Archaeological site in Mexico reveals sacrifice and cannibalization of Spanish conquistadors
Posted on 05/18/2019 4:19:44 AM PDT by vannrox
Excavations at the Zultepec-Tecoaque archaeological site in Tlaxcala, Mexico, have revealed that indigenous Acolhuas peoples captured a caravan of 550 conquistadors and their allies in 1520, kept them in captivity, and ate them over a period of nine months. And new research suggests that these acts were not random; it seems the Acolhuas people were re-creating their creation myths.
Hernán Cortés , the Spanish usurper of Mexico at the time, was in the caravan to Tenochtitlan but rode ahead to help put down a rebellion in Mexico City before the Acolhuas party struck. The caravan comprised people of Spanish, Cuban-African, and Mexican- Indian descent, whom the Acolhuas viewed as invaders that needed to be stopped.
Cortés first arrived in Mexico with a party in 1519. The people in the caravan were the second Spanish party to arrive. They had 45 foot soldiers, 15 conquistadors and at least 350 Maya and other Indian allies of the Spaniards, including about 10 children, along with animals.
Once they had captured the people in 1520, the Acolhuas people sacrificed the invaders and ate them, along with the animals, with the exception of the pigs they were apparently viewed as unsavory and were killed and thrown into a well.
Hernan Cortés killing indigenous people of the Americas. ( Public Domain )
In the living spaces the remains of members of the caravan were found with signs of having been sacrificed in different rituals that were conducted over six months to commemorate various festivities marking the Aztec calendar explained a press release from the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History .
In 2015 archaeologist Enrique Martinez suggested that The purpose of the sacrifices was to ask the deities protecting against the arrival of strangers. However he now believes The inhabitants of Zultepec were re-creating creation myths instead.
According to Phys.org, one Spanish male was dismembered and burned to replicate the mythical fates of Aztec-era gods, according to one myth known as "El Quinto Sol," or Fifth Sun .
The villagers of Zultepec-Tecoaque in what is now called Tlaxcala State put some of the skulls of the foreigners, especially the Spanish women, on display. After Hernan Cortés found out about the case, he ordered the village destroyed and the Acolhuas villagers who lived there slaughtered.
In Aztec culture, skulls were often put on display on a skull rack (tzompantli). ( Public Domain )
The archaeological dig, led by Enrique Martinez and Ana Maria Pacheco Jarquín, found that villagers apparently tried to hide the fact that the Spaniards, Cubans, and their Indian allies had been taken to their village by dumping incriminatory foreign objects into a well at the site and then they apparently left town.
The site was under excavation since 1933, but the 2015 press release states that it was only by then that the archaeological team made the discovery of a cistern in the housing units in which the Indians hid many objects so Cortés men could not find them. Among the European items found in the cistern were a horse spur, a cameo, rings, glazed ceramic figures, and iron nails. In previous digs, about 200 European objects were found in 12 other cisterns that had been explored in other stages of the excavations.
Enrique Martinez ruled out slavery as a motive for capturing the caravan and added that his team concluded the group was in captivity only for slaughter. The villagers apparently rebuilt part of the village to accommodate the 500 foreigners during the period of June 1520 to March 1521. The villagers built new rooms for themselves and imprisoned the captives in their old quarters, the 2015 press release stated.
Some of the broken ceramics that were found in one room, apparent evidence of abandonment of the village. (Photo by Meliton Tapia/ INAH)
After the Spanish attacked Tecoaque, some villagers fled and some were killed. The archaeologists found in one of the houses a conglomeration of fragmented pre-Hispanic ceramics, including everyday vessels and a sculpture of a dog .
The researcher explained that it is clear evidence of an untimely abandonment, the press release said, For some reason the Acolhua population concentrated all ceramics in that space and when they fell the walls of the room were broken and covered for centuries. The event must have happened to learn that the Spanish military were going to punish them. Then also they rushed to hide the evidence of the caravan in reservoirs.
Top Image: Zultepec-Tecoaque archaeological site in Tlaxcala, Mexico. The location where the Acolhua practiced human sacrifice and cannibalized Spanish conquistadors.
That’s why the European powers often subjugated other people, to get them to stop doing evil.
The British stopped immolation over in India and minimized hardcore tribalism in Africa.
Unfortunately, greed got in the way much of the time as well, like what that Belgium king did. He killed upwards of ten million africans to control the mines.
Remember, all cultures are equal, none are inherently better than others.
I’m beginning to think that in their own way, the Majority of civilizations have been brutal in their own way.
OF COURSE some were worse than others.
But the Spanish were up there with the best of them at that time :)
Do I give a #### what they did when they came to the Americas? No.
But they were brutal.
As for the Aztecs, they slaughtered their own people in TREMENDOUS numbers. And other people.
Not a good way to support population growth :)
Taste like chicken.
‘Once they had captured the people in 1520, the Acolhuas people sacrificed the invaders and ate them, along with the animals, with the exception of the pigs they were apparently viewed as unsavory and were killed and thrown into a well.”
They threw out the best meat - idiots.
N, more like beef fajitas.
These are some of the natives that academia and leftists say would have better been left alone rather than bringing a civilized influence to this hemisphere? Along with the other human sacrifice tribes of central and south america? Idiots again.
Gotta keep it kosher .....LOL!!
I would love to visit that site...s long as I wasn’t on the menu.
Bloody Belgian bastards! Im on daily calls with them working to keep our company compliant with global privacy rules dictated by, you guessed it, Belgium. Seriously, who put these pompous f*ckers in Antwerp in charge and why do the rest of us just play along like it is ok?
Apparently they preferred the “long pig”— which they somehow did not equate to their own selves, as humans, and especially any darker color skinned individuals (like.. Spaniards, Africans and other tribes). A term from the old S. Pacific islands.
Derived from ‘puaa oa’, a phrase originating in the Marquesan language to euphemistically refer to cannibalism.
The phrase first appeared in Fredrick OBrien’s 1919 travelogue of French Polynesia, “White Shadows in the South Seas”.
“Upon it once stood the temple and about it were enacted the rites of mystery, when the priests and elders fed on the ‘long pig that speaks,’ when the drums beat till dawn and wild dances maddened the blood.”
But the indigenous people were peaceful, and loved mother Earth.
I bet cannibalism was rampant in the pre-colonial Americas. A veritable Green Inferno. Shudder, that was a nasty snuff flick that I quickly turned off.
That was PART of it, maybe not a major part of it.
The Aztecs practiced a ruthless system of slave-centric imperialism over all neighboring --the Spanish who happened upon the scene encountered an endless stream of embittered volunteers hoping to overthrow their age-old enemies.
The Aztecs were squashed because THEY WEREN'T NICE.
Those "former glory" posters you see featuring a strapping warrior atop a pyriamid with a fetching, half-naked girl:
HE IS ABOUT TO **STAB** HER.
Hernán Cortés , the Spanish usurper of Mexico at the time
The Spanish brought cows and pigs with them to provide red meat for them.
Before the Spanish came, the Aztecs (and others) got their red meat by eating the bodies of the human victims that they “sacrificed”.
So, when the Spanish defeated the Aztecs, they saved the lives of countless future human victims. Or should I say, “entrees”...
The body armor made Spaniard on the Half Shell a local fave.
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