I've been saying that the whole idea of Aztec human sacrifice is complete horse shit, hogwash, cow manure, poop, a hoax, FAKE NEWS! And eventually, when I am able to set up a better platform for my video production I want to delve into it deeper...(no pun intended...lol).
So Aztec human sacrifice is a fiction, an invention to entertain an audience in Europe back in the 16th century, as well as to vilify American native people. But this movie takes the cake. I don't know what these people were thinking. Clearly they had run out of ideas in their homo-erotic video production.
Anyway, I would say "enjoy" but I don't think that applies here (unless you're into this kind of thing, which in that case, enjoy). I will say one thing that is somewhat of a useful critique of this film, and that is that it at least takes the liberty to retell their own version of the story of Aztec human sacrifice. This plays right into my proposition that we can and should craft new stories that reframe, reshape, or possibly completely reimagine the concept of Aztec human sacrifice.
How do you rate this film? How many bloody hearts do you give it? One bloody heart means it's a "meh" rating. And 10 bloody hearts means it's fit to be given as tribute to the dark Aztec gods!
This movie is a fun watch. Especially if you can find it in the original Spanish version. (This one is the dubbed English version, although they do include some Nahuatl monologue or incantation, which is pretty cool.)
I don't take this too seriously, because it is for entertainment mostly. But it does, nonetheless, build upon the firmly established myths about the Aztecs and their religion. Primarily speaking, the topic of human sacrifice. So the question is, could anyone make a movie about Aztecs that does not involve a human sacrifice ritual? Not really. Because the idea of such rituals are treated as common, undisputed knowledge about that era. So the starting point is writing the stories that correct this terrible idea and build a new, more credible version of the past.
Since historians use Spanish accounts about sacrifice as their basis, and we know they are not -- and could not ever be -- credible sources, since it was in their interests to paint the worst possible image of Aztec culture, then anybody in the present is free to propose alternate accounts that require little or no actual verification from actual, credible sources other than common sense.
I passed. Woo-hoo. Actually, I would have gotten a perfect score but I intentionally answered two questions "incorrectly" because they represent everything that is wrong with how we are taught about our history. Click the link below to take the short 10 question quiz. See if you can guess which were the two questions that I purposely missed.
Let me know your score and your guess.
empire fueled the rise of the Spanish empire, and by consequence, that of other European nations. But contrary to what history says were the factors in this great shift of power in America, such as superior weaponry, war tactics, strange diseases, and cunning on behalf of the so-called conquistadors, the true factor which locked the version of history we have come to know was the pen.
In no other instance of world history is the phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword” truer than in the aftermath of the fall of Tenochtitlan. Another phrase seems less potent in this scenario, yet historians are known to cite it at every chance they get saying "History is written by the victor." In the case of Mexico at the end of the Aztec empire, the victor didn't know how to write for the new European audience on the other side of the world. The Tlaxcalteca and their native allies just assumed that the Spaniards would give them their fair share of the credit, which was the majority of it. But the Spanish, starting with Cortez simply stole all the glory and claimed it for themselves. Their writings which are now treated as the official record give us many descriptions of the way things supposedly were prior to the arrival of the Spanish and how the conquest was won; a version of history and events which most academicians, historians, researchers, and lay people take as concrete evidence without questioning for an instance some things that clearly do not make sense. Among the many claims the Spanish and Spanish-guided historians of the sixteenth century make are the following:
1)The Mexica practiced human sacrifice
2)Cortez burned his ships at Veracruz to force his soldiers into a fight-or-die situation:
3)Cortez was a military genius
4)Cortez challenged Moctezuma to send the full force of the Mexica military corps to face him and his little band of Spaniards so they could “Medir las fuerzas” or “Measure our strength of arms against one another”...