Cannibalism among Aztecs and Their Neighbors: Analysis of the 1577-1586 "Relaciones Geográficas" for Nueva España and Nueva Galicia Provinces

  title={Cannibalism among Aztecs and Their Neighbors: Analysis of the 1577-1586 "Relaciones Geogr{\'a}ficas" for Nueva Espa{\~n}a and Nueva Galicia Provinces},
  author={B. Isaac},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  pages={203 - 224}
  • B. Isaac
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Geography
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
This article presents the first systematic analysis of the statements on prehispanic cannibalism in the 1577-1586 Relaciones Geográficas (RGs) for Nueva Galicia and Nueva España provinces of New Spain, an area occupied by the Aztecs and their closest neighbors. Forty of the 105 RGs analyzed, from widely scattered locales in the two provinces, allege cannibalism. In both their content and their inherent limitations as a database, these mainly rural reports are very similar to the well-known… 
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