Caryn Diiorio's Aztec Religion Wiki!

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My name is Caryn Diiorio and I am an Anthropology Major at UCF. I currently live in Brevard County and commute to school every day. I have always been interested in Anthropology, but I got my 'spark' after an exhibit on the Aztecs I saw when I was 10. I've been hooked ever since. I think my wiki will include information on the Aztecs and Religion as I have not been able to study the Aztecs specifically thus far in college.

From the Encyclopedia of Death and Dying online:
This article describes Aztec religious beliefs about death and the afterlife.

This picture of Xiuhtecuhtli comes from StateMaster Encyclopedia online ( - click picture to send you to website). This particular image was from the Codex Fejérváry-Mayer. Xiuhtecuhtli (also known as Cuezaltzin or Ixcozauhqui) was God of fire in Aztec religion. He was also God of time, heat, day, and year. He was a very important figure to the Aztecs, and sacrifices were commonly made for him.


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Mod 8: Kerma/JSTOR: "The floodplains along the Nile constitute an important but as yet little utilized series of laboratories for the comparitive study of the origins and interaction of ancient civilizations."

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Mod 12 Image through Google Earth of the Templo Mayor. This image depicts the top of one of the most prominent and important temples in the Aztec civilization. The temple was dedicated to two Gods: Tlaloc (God of rain and agriculture) and Huitzilopochtli (God of war). The skulls depicted here are from the side dedicated to Huitzilopochtli.

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I accessed the article: Aztec Human Sacrifice as Expiation by Michel Grulich as published in History of Religions, Vol. 39, No. 4 (May, 2000), pp. 352-371
In this article, Grulich describes many different reasons for sacrifice in Aztec civilization... even many reasons for a single sacrifice. He describes the many different ways people are sacrificed. So many researchers/writers focus on certain aspects and are quick to assign a meaning when it is really more complex. The meanings that are "explicitly stated" are not always the only reasons for sacrifice. He offers an idea of expiation or reparation of wrongdoings as one of the meanings that a lot of research doesn't approach. I think this article is a good resource because it is important to look at the various ritual meanings and reasons for sacrifice to understand why they practiced this and to give more insight into their society.