10 Shocking Facts About the Aztecs

10 During times of famine or hardship many parents sold children into slavery

Girls were worth 400 ears of maize, boys got 500 09 Misbehaving children would be held over a stinging fire of chili peppers as punishment They would also be burnt or stabbed with cactus needles until they scarred 08

Aztec priests would often eat the bodies of sacrificial victims Their bodies were used as a meat substitute in times of food shortage 07 Aztecs buried dead relatives under their homes Symbolizing social position, girls' umbilical cords were buried under the kitchen, boys' on the battlefield

06 Priests & authority figures found drunk in public were punished by death Civilian drunks had their heads shaved in public 05 Sacrificial victims would be tied to a rock & attacked by 4 men with stone clubs

During the annual ceremony, victims were given a feather-coated club as defense 04 Lined with the volcanic glass Obsidian, Aztecs fought with the sharpest blades in history A Spanish invader reported a macuahuitl sword slicing a horse's head off in 1 swipe 03

Chosen annually, the country's most handsome man lived 1 year of luxury before being sacrificed In his last month 4 girls would share his bed before dancing him to the sacrificial stone 02 Women dressed as Goddess Xochiquetzal were skinned during fertility ceremonies The bodies were thrown from pyramids before a priest wore their skin

01 Sacrifices to the God of Fire were thrown into a fire, then pulled out moments before death They'd then have their hearts ripped out, before being thrown back onto the fire

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