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@TopTenz Simon - From viewing many of your videos on your multiple channels, it is clear you/your writers don't understand Catholicism. You would gain more credibility if you withhold your ignorant and false judgemental comments until you actually understand the theology (or at least separate past errors of individuals from the Church/theology itself). If you consider yourselves serious historians, it would be prudent not to put personal bias in your videos.
Regarding the drugs they used I wonder if, given the missionary objective of converting any and all natives to catholicism essentially were just looking for a scapegoat to both justify to themselves ehat they were doing as well as start to put doubt in the natives minds about their own religion.
What's this guy's name? I've noticed he speaks very efficiently. I usually set teaching videos at 1.5 speed because at regular 1.0 speed my mind tends to wander and I don't pay attention well. If I set this gentleman's videos to 1.5 it's too fast--but if I slow them down to normal, I realize he's speaking at a normal speed. This confused me until I realized that he eliminates a lot of pauses and hesitation devices like "er, um" and so forth. In addition, the text is lacking in superfluous "conversational" parts so it comes as a steady stream of condensed information. Well done, Mister whatever your name is! *Edit:* Mr. *Simon* *Whistler* is the instructor here.
I read somewhere that public executions are a way for rulers to maintain order and remind everyone who’s in charge. On a per capita basis, the Medieval English hanged more people than the Aztecs sacrificed. Makes you wonder if we do the same thing today in another form
The Aztecs were inherently more rational than the Europeans were...apart from the way they treated people born under the sign of the rabbit and that non-belief in free will. They also didn't kill people for being non-believers, but as a periodic exercise to sustain the cosmos, apart from when they felt like flaying someone that they captured. Or killing a team for losing a ball game. Far more rational. Uh oh, the sky is falling. Better sacrifice more people....
Things to pronounced correctly:
Nahuatl is pronounced Na-wat with a almost silent l.
Mexica is pronounced Me-shee-ka
Tenocha is pronounced Te-no-cha
Tenochtitlan is pronounced te-noch-tee-tlan
Texcoco is pronounced Tesh-ko-ko
Facepalm on your attempt to pronounced teteoh (gods).
Thank you for not being some kind of A-hole who tries to make some terrifying horror story out of my people. I grew up in El Paso Texas and the history books written there just depicted my people as blood thirsty savages.
None of that was true. People focus on the things they view have more " wow " affect on them.
Europeans exaggerated and demonized the culture of my people to cover up their crimes.
Which included disease warfare, child prostitution and genocide ect.
My culture is badass and I'm very proud to be Mexica-Otomi.
Discovering my people's language on my own 8 years ago brought a lot of happiness and wholeness to my life.
People don't realize how important it is to know what and who you are in this world.
IF they were so unlike they are usually presented then why did all the subject people rebel against them?
They were nasty and murderous. Really, that is why Cortez had no problem getting the allies he needed.
Seems to be alot of videos nowdays about Aztecs and Mayans. It's awesome to see people are actually interested in history like this. I hardly meet any people in real life that are interested in history of any kind.
Yeah, I mean, who couldn't write novels about the virtue of convincing children that they wanted to die gruesomely, drugging the hell out of them, and killing them gruesomely?
So it's ok just because they "all" believed it? That seems like a difficult position to defend. In fact, it seems pretty obvious that any number of horrific things could be justified and dismissed like that.
Drugs were not venerated by them. They were primarily used as cleansing and healing agents primarily utilized and supervised by a shaman. This only changed when westerners started going to these Indians and doing drug tourism in the early 20th century. Very, very incorrect Simon. The codexs you refer to point this fact out in a very straightforward manner.
That was fantastic! And thank you for not focusing on the sacrifices. Just as was said, it must be viewed in context and it cannot be forgotten that other cultures and religions tortured and sacrificed people as well. Glass houses and all that. Great job, everyone!
@Tathrennor for one there is the chronicle of Diego Duran talking about the so called "Flower Wars", in which the aztecs captured prisoners for sacrifice. The numbers are from Mexican archeologists published in 2003 in Arqueología Mexicana (though I myself heard about them in a documentation about the great temple excravation). And then there is the history of Tlaxcala in which there practises are described in contrast to thoose of the aztecs. Hope that helps you.
Your pronunciation is as normal as any non-Nahuatl speaker! Hehe!
There were a few others but those are the ones most people come across :)
This is a pretty sanitized version of the Aztecs. I noticed how you kind of glossed over the fact that they oppressed all those around them. They were very much hated and the Spanish were cheered when they conquered them.
I love your productions, but PLEASE can you research pronunciation of the different names, places and peoples you describe? It really grates hearing that default Brit mispronunciation every time....
I don't understand how an entire population (UK, but to an only slightly lesser extent USA as well) seem to make such a point of making no effort to find out how the speakers of any other language might actually say things. My own theory is it stems from an embarrassed presumption that it can't be gotten right, so why try at all.
Anyway, I know you can do this, and it would sound so much less patronising if you did so.
Try this: http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/language/pronunciation
He has repeatedly said in other videos that he does research how to pronounce foreign words but he often cannot find a pronunciation. He usually follows this up with if anybody wants to have a go at him, they can do so in the comments.
I wrote that after he butchered Mexica, Tenochtitlan, and conquistador—I recognize the gods he talks about later have difficult phoneme combinations, but the words he mispronounces at the start are common words whose pronunciations are easy to find.
Most of our history (Mexico's) was highly exaggerated by the Spanish when they arrived. Religious men had an interest in showing native cultures as extra barbaric, even if it meant to inflate figures, in order to force Catholicism, the religion of the current Spanish kings, into all natives. I don't say it's a forgivable thing, but the numbers and features that gave the impression of barbaric people, were mostly made out for religious/economic reasons. Very few people documented the real life of the Aztecs, but the damage was already done, especially since they forced every aspect of Spanish culture, erasing traces of firsthand documentation, until the discovery of Templo Mayor sometime last century and some other places that had info about it.
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