I mean what a great scheme, politically speaking! The stronger Aztec state could use the war as both a means of subjugating its neighbors and also a very effective way to keep its own warrior class tough and practiced, all while satiating the gods demands for blood. If you’ve got to feed the gods anyway, why not conjure a way to get something more in return? C’mon, let’s share the love…er, blood.
Can you imagine being one of those warriors? I mean you’re not putting your life on the line to protect your country from an attack or to avenge some slight against your people. Your job is to bring back captives for sacrifice to your gods and to risk the prospect that you might become a sacrifice to some other guy’s gods. At the end of the day the rulers would get together, exchange totals, slap each other on the back for a job well done then attend to sacrificing the other’s strongest and best men.
Now let’s digress a moment. There’s this crazy obscure song by the Monkees called “Zor and Zam”. I always thought it was a pretty dumb song until I gave it some thought. Basically the song tells the story of how the King of Zor sends a message to the King of Zam and says, “Hey, let’s have a war.” King Zam agrees but when the appointed time arrives… two little kings, playing a game, they gave a war and nobody came.
Now why the heck didn’t the everyday Aztec warrior think of this? It’s because to an Aztec, being sacrificed on the alter was an honor, a privilege, the most “flowery” sorts of death a warrior could be lucky enough to receive. You get to go out forever revered as a hero while you’re still in your prime. I mean, what’s worse than becoming an old has-been Aztec warrior, right?
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