High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Sacrifice was a
religious activity in Maya culture, involving either the killing of
animals, the bloodletting by members of the community or the
killing of human beings, in rituals superintended by priests.
Sacrifice has been a feature of almost all pre-modern societies at
some stage of their development and for broadly the same reason: to
propiate or fulfil a perceived obligation towards the gods. Animal
sacrifice and bloodletting were a common feature in many Maya
festivals and regular rituals. Human sacrifice was far less common,
being tied to events such as ill fortune, warfare and the
consecration of new leaders or temples. The practice was also far
less common than in the neighbouring Aztec societies.The maya
people would sacrifice their prisoners. The prisoners were most
often from neighboring tribes. These sacrifices made them feared
and hated by all the other tribes.
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