Counting Skulls: Comment on the Aztec Cannibalism Theory of Harner‐Harris

  title={Counting Skulls: Comment on the Aztec Cannibalism Theory of Harner‐Harris},
  author={Bernard Ortiz de Montellano},
  journal={American Anthropologist},
  • Bernard Ortiz de Montellano
  • Published 1983
  • History
  • American Anthropologist
  • Harner (1977) and Harris (1977) propose a cultural materialist explanation for the large number of sacrifices carried out by the Aztecs by stating that these provided raw material for cannibalism. Cannibalism, in turn, was needed to provide the protein missing in Aztec diets. The magnitude of these sacrifices was given at 15,000 annually in Tenochtitlan and 250,000 in Central Mexico. Harner argues that the overwhelming majority of the victims were eaten. He describes the sacrificial ritual as… CONTINUE READING