The majority of the human sacrifices the Aztecs used were actually warriors that were captured in battle. It was however a great honour to be chosen to be sacrificed because it would mean that they would join the sun god, of course not everyone wanted to meet the sun god. Slaves were also sacrificed if they have already been sold three times, the Aztecs considering them having run their course. Some individuals were also chosen to impersonate gods and are called Ixiptla, which was the same term used for wooden, stone and dough images of the Aztec gods. The gods portrayed by the Ixiptla were of the sun, moon, winds and the sacrifices had the duty to appease these natural forces to bring fertility to the people.


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