When things go horribly wrong, the most important thing is to find someone to blame. These days we'd probably be selecting BP executives or Gov officials.
Urm...first of all,the Mayans are STILL ALIVE hellooooooooo! I was watching a documentary on 2012.They interviewed a REAL Mayan and he explains that the 2012 thing was made up by Christians because they never understood the Mayan calander.Not only that,but Mexicans are decendants from teh Aztecs and Mayans.So if the Mayans and Aztecs were all killed off then how do you explain all the Mexicans?!?!?!?! <br />
Second of all,I truly believe they sacrificed people they hated.The Mayans were probably at war with others and sacrificed their enemies...like on Apocolypto pretty much.But the second part is just my opinion.The first can be found all over the internet.Check out National Geographic and history channel.They got some pretty good documentaries.
The sacrifice led to rebirth, of someone who could move the sun, moon stars and clouds. On a different note, it could of simply been an act of voluntary atrocity. I don't know and do not disrespect.
it was done for the GODS!...uhhh!...and some secret societies still do it!
PsYkoNauT , the 80,000 was the Aztecs, not the Mayas. The scary thing about human sacrifice was that it was practiced over most of the world. Even the Veddas of early Hinduism in India recommend human sacrifice, and you see that reflected in the terrible practice of suttee which survived into modern times. You see it also in Africa, the Near East, Polynesia, etc., etc. Even the Romans and Greeks resorted to it at times. Christianity played a major role in stamping it out in many areas, and bravo to those who didn't shrug their shoulders with "cultural relativism" but took an uncompromising stand.
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Yheir entire social system, is based on something so totally, unknown, to the western culture, that it encompasses, everything, that everyone, has already , said..<br />
Their love of nature, and respect, for their environment, is what i also believe, led them, to be bloodthirsty, for their, ...gods..And, their need, for, sources, of nutritional, iron...
Many cultures get scared when they are confronted with natural disasters. Ancient cultures responded by trying to appease the gods or God with a sacrifice to end their suffering. Earthquakes, floods and plagues were particularly terrifying to them. When such events happened it was not uncommon to offer what they thought was the greatest sacrifice, human life.
...Pleasing the gods. They had their own logic.
All the sacrifices were done as a tribute to GOD. One interesting thing that is not mentioned in the other answers is that, prisoner sacrifices they did after a battle(To thank the deity who helped them win), sort of made them feared among their enemies. This in turn must have helped them to maintain their power among the local tribes and neighboring civilizations.
You might be right about population control! It is also the captured Mayan enemies that were sacrificed - or ones that lost the ball game. (Extreme Soccer!)<br />
The Mayan kings let their own blood (all kings did). The blood letting was for various reasons, but only done by royals. The powers of the royals was reinforced and close to 'godlike'. That is why it was easy to convert them when Christians came to the americas. A prince bleeding on the cross for them made perfect sense.
Some people leave out food, some pray, and others kill...hmmm.