Re: Anthropophagy

allen lutins (
21 Dec 1994 06:14:50 GMT

In article <>,
Gerold Firl <> wrote:
>What percentage of the animal protein consumed by aztecs came from humans?
>The number of human victims sacrificed to the sun was enormous, and
>constituted the primary ideological justification for the aztec wars of
>conquest. But the sun was only interested in human hearts; what about all
>the other meat which was rolled down the pyramid steps? Without cattle, or
>sheep, or domesticated pigs, the mesoamerican civilisations had a notable
>lack of farmed flesh. [...]

...arguments such as these (this man's obviously studied his Marvin
Harris) fail to consider something: there are over 500 million
vegetarians in India today, and they are *not* dying off for lack of is *not* that difficult for the human body to synthesize
protein from amino acids if the proper foods are eaten in the proper
combinations...these combinations (present in maize/beans/squash, for
example) were certainly available to the Aztecs...and there was
certainly supplementary meat around (peccary, deer, rabbit, etc.)...


"Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones
who are dragging you into court?" -- James 2:6 [NIV]
allen `alley cat' lutins