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CLIP 11826

Aztec sacrificial ceremony

Aztec sacrificial ceremony

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Key Info
  • Aztec sacrificial ceremony
  • Duration: 05:04
  • A description of the mass sacrifice of humans in Aztec culture and explanations of the reasons why the Aztecs undertook such mass slaughter. Links to the worship of the sun and the belief their own lives needed to be laid down to ensure the sun continued to shine. Images of Aztec art and buildings depicting these rituals and symbols. First broadcast on BBC in May 2005 in the series How Art Made the World presented by Nigel Spivey.
  • Subject:



    Early Peoples

  • Keywords: pyramid, ritual, sacrifice, religion, bullfighting, ceremony, Gods, death, sun, symbols, architecture, Coatlicue, Mictlantecuhti, wall of skulls, sun god
Ideas for use in class
  • Contextualising the artefacts and architecture of the Aztec culture.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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