Flint Chips, a Guide to Pre-Historic Archaeology, as Illustrated by the Collection in the Blackmore Museum, Salisbury

Flint Chips, a Guide to Pre-Historic Archaeology, as Illustrated by the Collection in the Blackmore Museum, Salisbury

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...to have been removed when the body was given up to the sacrificing priest. When ordinary victims were sacrificed, they were stripped to the waist, had their heads dressed with feathers, carried fans in their hands, and were compelled to take part in the religious dances which preceded the crowning act of the barbarous ceremony. They were then stretched one after another on the great stone of sacrifice. On its convex surface, their breasts heaved up conveniently for the diabolical purpose of the priestly executioner, who cut asunder the ribs with his obsidian knife, and, thrusting his hand into the wound, tore out the stillpalpitating heart. Bernal Diaz thus describes the ceremony: --" On a sudden our ears were struck by the horrific sound of the great drum, the timbrals, horns, and trumpets, in the temple of the war god. We all directed our eyes thither, and, shocking to relate! saw our unfortunate countrymen driven by force, cuffs, and bastinades, to the place where they were to be sacrificed, which bloody ceremony was accompanied by the mournful sound of all the instruments of the temple. We perceived that when Humboldt, 'Vues des Cordilleres, ' plate xxi. t 'Anahuac, ' pp. 223, 224. X Bernal Diaz says, "They open the body of the victim while living, with large knives of stone; they take out his heart and blood, which they offer to their gods."--'The True History of the Conquest of Mexico, ' 1568, translated by Maurice Keatinge. 1800. p. 142. Prescott, "Conquest of Mexico," vol. iii. p. 126. It is probable that the heart was not literally torn out, but cut out. they had brought the unfortunate victims to the flat summit of the body of the temple, where were the adoratories, they put plumes upon their heads, and, with a...show more

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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 440g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236558669
  • 9781236558664