in 200 feet, turn left. stop your car and get out. take off your shoes and bury your toes in the dirt at the edge of the road. hum a tune that makes you feel nostalgic. you will arrive at your destination in 58 minutes.
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i mean, still not as bad as columbus, so…
@tlatollotl can you put any validity to Ramirez’s garbage?
Ramirez is trying to portray Mesoamerican sacrifice as strictly evil with no consideration of cultural beliefs in order to somehow justify the atrocities Europeans committed toward indigenous people from 1492 onwards. Did Mesoamericans sacrifice people? Absolutely. Is that evil/savage/barbaric/horrific? Not necessarily. It really depends on the culture you grew up in and whether or not you have the capacity to understand cultural relativism (I’ve talked to some people who are simply incapable of understanding another culture). I do recommend checking out this YouTube video of Marshall Sahlins explaining Fijian cannibalism for those that struggle with cultural relativism. Sahlins walks you through Fijian cultural beliefs regarding “cooked men” and “raw women”. If you can follow along and accept Fijian cultural beliefs regarding cannibalism, then you should be able to accept Mesoamerican beliefs regarding sacrifice.
I can understand why you have that sentiment since the world we live in today greatly prizes our individuality and an individual’s life. We tend to shy away from death and those things that deal with death because it reminds us of our individual mortality. So hearing about things like sacrifice or execution tends to illicit a negative response and we may not always understand or agree with the reasons behind the act. Even if we understand the reasons, we may still not agree with the act, but that’s okay.
I’m not saying we should agree with Mesoamerican beliefs and reasons behind ritual sacrifice, only that we should attempt to understand those beliefs and reasons. Because to Mesoamericans, sacrificing people was not considered evil/savage/barbaric/horrific. In fact, it was quite the opposite. If you look at mythology, the gods sacrificed themselves to make the sun and the moon. They created the earth, the plants, the animals, the people, and bestowed upon us one of our greatest sources of sustenance, maize. Your very life, your very individuality is a gift given by the gods. And how do you repay such charity and kindness? By in turn giving back to the gods. And what would be the most precious thing you can give the gods who granted life to everyone and everything? Well, life itself. You can sacrifice an animal or a person to demonstrate to the gods how thankful you are. Is an animal or human sacrifice always required or even frequently required? No. But when it was needed, it was an honor to be sacrificed (though that honor may not necessarily be felt by the person being killed). Nonetheless, Mesoamericans operated within this system of belief and understanding. So if you went off to war and you got captured, you would expect to be sacrificed just as you would be expected to sacrifice those that you captured in a war.
Again, you don’t need to agree with these beliefs and reasons, you just need to understand them. I don’t agree with the Catholic church burning people alive because they were forbidden to spill blood, but I understand the reasons and beliefs behind their decision to burn people.
In sum, don’t be ethnocentric, have more cultural relativism.
Sometimes I feel like this is what it’s like being on Tumblr
Can’t believe murder is legal in Pokémon now
Oh oh wow
Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 22 August 1927
Sometimes I feel like I’m just like a boat
Upon a winding river
Twisting towards an endless Black Sea
Further and further
Drifting away from where I want to be
Who! I want to be
X-Ray and Anatomical Stained Glass Windows by Wim Delvoye
this is the best thing in the entire world
she should greet jane as if nothing happened and see how jane reacts
she should avoid school the next day. And the next. Every night, she should put on the exact outfit she had on that day, hose herself down until she’s completely drenched and stand in Jane’s yard. When Jane is home alone, she should approach the window, staring at her. Knock on it if you don’t have her attention.
That’ll get her back for killing you and trying to hide the evidence.
Ease up there, Satan.
Ease up? SHE TRIED TO KILL HER
Jason says non-binary rights!
i’m a simple gal: i see mermista, i fall in love
I- I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THAT