Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Nostalgie de la Boue
Sorry that the Americas was invaded by white men (and the Chinese in 1421, but that's a different story)?
Here's what we've missed with the Mayans and similarly the Aztecs:
posted by Mark Butterworth |
“We now know that Maya warfare was intense, chronic, and unresolvable…” and that the sadness Stephens detected long ago was due to some very nasty customs indeed:
“Captives were tortured in unpleasant ways depicted clearly on the monuments and murals (such as yanking fingers out of sockets, pulling out teeth, cutting off the lower jaw, trimming of the lips and fingertips, pulling out the fingernails, and driving a pin through the lips), culminating, sometimes years later, in the sacrifice of the captive in other equally unpleasant ways such as tying the captive up into a ball by binding the arms and legs together, then rolling the balled-up captive down the steep stone staircase of a temple.”