Divine Sacrifice Canvas Print
Frameless Canvas Prints are one of the most popular ways to display your favorite designs. With edge-to-edge prints and a nice depth, they're great for hanging or setting on any flat surface. Available in three sizes.
- Bright white, fine poly-cotton blend matte canvas
- Printed with the latest generation, long lasting Epson archival inks
- Hand-stretched wrap over 1½” deep wood stretcher bars
- Individually trimmed
- Includes hanging hardware
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A great deal of cosmological thought seems to have underlain the Mayan and Aztec sacrificial rites. The Aztec believed that the heart (tona) was both the seat of the individual and a fragment of the Sun's heat (istli). To this day, the Nahua consider the Sun to be a heart-soul (tona-tiuh): "round, hot, pulsating". In the Aztec view, humanity's "divine sun fragments" were considered "entrapped" by the body and its desires."
The Maya believed in blood sacrifice to keep the cosmos in balance and a sacred ceiba or "tree of life." The cosmos according to the Maya Popol Vuh creation myth, and the Dresden Codex, had been through several cycles of birth and then destruction.The myth also demonstrated that rebirth is possible only through sacrifice, and thus was a metaphor for life after death. Sacrifice and rebirth was a theme specifically celebrated by the Maya ritual of human sacrifice . . The repeating cycles of creation and destruction as described in Maya mythology were a reminder of the consequences if humans neglected their obligations to the gods. Humans had an inherent responsibility to the gods who made humanity's continued existence possible. According to the Maya sacred calendar, each 52-year period signalled the renewed possibility of the destruction of the world. This was seen as a frightening time when the gods and other forces of creation and chaos would do battle in the world of mortals, determining the fate of all earthly creatures.The Maya believed that the gods guided the Sun and Moon across the sky. Even in the darkness of night, they believed that the Sun and Moon continued to journey through the Underworld, threatened all the way by evil gods who wanted to stop their progress.For this reason, they believed that the heavenly bodies needed human help, which was provided through sacred rituals such as self-mutilation, torture, and human sacrifice. To the Maya, offering this help was simply the price to be paid for the continued survival of the universe. Death from such rituals was a privilege, and conferred immortality on those who died, or who offered themselves as victims.Blood letting and sacrifice rituals had the combined purpose of sending human energy skyward and receiving divine power in return. It was also a way of calling forth the Vision Serpent, from whose mouth ancestors from the otherworld would appear and speak.