The Tzompantli – Mechanism of Mass-Murder

By November 15, 2012 April 8th, 2018 Photography, Travel Journal

Not since Rome christened the Coliseum had the world witnessed sacrificial prowess as at the hands of primal Maya priests. Monuments to the genocidal terror litter the Yucatán. At Chichen Itza broad platforms such as the Tzompantli or “Wall of Skulls,” are thought to have supported racks for displaying human heads. The large structure itself has an incalculable number of impaled human skulls with gawking eyes carved into every inch of if its stone. The by-products of this mechanism of mass-murder, these platforms were trophy case gifts to the gods and pleas for kindness.

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