Aztec human sacrifice: cross-cultural assessments of the ecological hypothesis

Ethnology Vol/Iss. 37 Published In Pages: 285-298
By Winkelman, Michael James


This article explores ecological, religious, and social correlates of human sacrifice and cannibalism in a cross-cultural sample. Support is found for associations between human sacrifice and population density, population pressure, war for land and resources, and a low hierarchical focus of religion. Human sacrifice among Aztecs is given particular attention.

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