Human sacrifice . . . a dirty little secret of the Americas

by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner

One Summer in Mexico – Part Fourteen

Both the original Kauche (Creek) Migration Legend and the Soque-Miccosukee Migration Legend begin with descriptions of widespread human sacrifice in Mexico. Wherever the Kauche migrated, their children were sacrificed and eaten by powerful neighbors. Farther south and several hundred years later, the land of Soque in Tabasco was overwhelmed by swarms of Nahau-speaking Chichimecs, who constantly raided Soque villages to obtain sacrificial victims, who were also part of the Chichimec diet.

There is a reason why the Kingdom of Apalache forbade the shedding of human or animal blood within one Creek mile (2.1 English miles) of a temple or religious shrine. Many of its member tribes still had cultural memories of the horror of human sacrifice in Mexico. So the ritualistic killing and eating of humans was forbidden. Indeed, in 1653 the Paracusa (High King) of Apalache stressed to English explorer, Richard Brigstock, that human sacrifice was forbidden in his provinces, unlike the tribes in Florida and Mexico. Yes, he knew a great deal about Mexico! That law was rigidly enforced by its successor, the Creek Confederacy, even as late as 1785.

Two land surveyors were on their way to lay out the University of Georgia in the newly designated town of Athens on the Oconee River. They shot a bear for food within the stone oval of the Yamacutah Shrine. It was the location, where an extraterrestrial, who had taught the Apalache-Creeks advanced mathematics, land surveying, writing, the nature of the universe and monotheism, had ascended back up into space. Even though nearby Creek provinces were staunch allies of the Patriot Cause during the American Revolution, the two men barely made it alive to a stockade in Athens.

We have eye witness accounts from Captain René de Laudonnière that in the late 1500’s Panoan*-speaking tribes in the vicinity of Port Royal Sound, SC and St. Andrews Sound, GA required that women give up their first born child to be sacrificed to their king. In fact, De Laudonnière observed a sacrifice and artist Jacque Le Moyne painted it. The two devout French Huguenots evidently did not realize that they were then served Brunswick Stew au Bébé afterward.

In this water color painting by Jacques Le Moyne, René de Laudonnière is wearing a Sateli crown as he and the Satiuriwa (King of the Sateli) observe a child sacrifice near present day Brunswick, GA. Long ago Florida academicians did not try to translate Satiuriwa and mistakenly assumed that it was the name of the tribe. The Satilla River in Georgia gets its name from the Satili, who would soon move to northern Georgia to escape the Spanish. All Florida-authored articles in Wikipedia also incorrectly label the Satili as being “Timucua.” The Satili spoke a Panoan language from Peru, whereas the Tamakoa spoke an Arawak language from the Orinoco River Basin in Venezuela.

A taboo subject

My Mexican journal lay hidden in a box containing dozens of love letters from Alicia for five decades. When I read the journal for the first time in June 2020, I was immediately struck by the fact that Dr. Román Piña Chán only mentioned human sacrifice once the entire summer. That was on the first day we met, when he noticed that the “scull and crossbones” cups from Moundville, AL were identical to the cups used for dispersing pozole at Tula, the Toltec capital.

Until the Spanish conquest, recipe for pozole was identical the famous Brunswick stew of the Creeks, except that it was protein-rich with human flesh. Cups of pozole were distributed to the populace in religious ceremonies quite similar to Christian communion. That is why the citizens of militaristic Mesoamerican city states eagerly supported human sacrifice. It was a means of obtaining animal protein, when their diets were normally deficient in protein and iron.

When I was in college the official history of Mexico, used both in Mexico and the United States, was that the Aztecs were the only people in Mexico, who carried out a significant number of human sacrifices. We were told that the Spanish had greatly exaggerated the number and frequency of sacrifices. No mention was made of cannibalism, even though many surviving Aztec codices showed people butchering and eating other humans . . . as can be seen above.

Mexican archaeologists had to come to grips with reality, when subway construction began in Mexico City during the 1960s. Excavators were constantly encountering masses of obviously butchered human bones, but the government policy was “don’t ask and don’t tell” when I was in Mexico and really up until the 21st century. Yet there were eyewitness accounts from the early 1500s, stating that the Mexica regularly harvested over 10% of the children among captive peoples for food. When there was bad weather or a inadequate grain harvest, the percentage could rise to 1/3 or more. All sacrificed humans were eaten. It was not only a major tenant of their religion, but a nutritional necessity. Essentially, the brilliance of the Aztec Civilization was based on treating all other peoples as livestock.

You will learn the rest of the seldom mentioned history of human sacrifice in Mexico in the video below:


  1. Howdy, I was not aware of the scale of child/baby, food for elites was. Having to pull myself back together. Did a deep search on obsidian blades at our small library. Found several good references. Nice bird head today on the way home.

    On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 8:41 AM The Americas Revealed wrote:

    > alekmountain posted: ” by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner > One Summer in Mexico – Part Fourteen Both the original Kauche (Creek) > Migration Legend and the Soque-Miccosukee Migration Legend begin with > descriptions of widespread human sacrifice in Mexico. ” >

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  2. Richard, so a real kingdom of the beast flag is flying today on this landmass. I know the Eagle eating the snake symbol was used by many violent cultures…to include the Romans. These Euro’s “Native codex’s” could very well have been the works of Euro’s secret system to make their victims believe the “Good 1% guys won”. There were a few violent cannibals’ tribes in North America one being the Mexica that the Spanish euro’s chose to call their country after: Mexico. “Take heed no man deceives you” (Mount olives)

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  3. Howdy, Just a couple of notes. Did you steer clear of posole after that night? Forwarded an article on Maquahuitls…did you get it? Will get started on today’s research as it is a 100* out side.

    On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 8:41 AM The Americas Revealed wrote:

    > alekmountain posted: ” by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner > One Summer in Mexico – Part Fourteen Both the original Kauche (Creek) > Migration Legend and the Soque-Miccosukee Migration Legend begin with > descriptions of widespread human sacrifice in Mexico. ” >

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  4. Such an eyeopening article and wish I could be in your mind for a day or two at a time. Its also refreshing to read such brutal honesty about the Non-PC facts of tribes and the ritual, even daily nature of their lives respective of sacrifice and violence. Many of us have grown completely weary of modern liberals, “Indians” among them, who paint it all a past of smoke’m peace pipe and that somehow because they were “here first,” (whatever that means), they were a people without sin.


  5. I guess it is part of our culture as Creeks to tell it like it is. Creeks don’t tend to have a chip on their shoulder or an inferiority complex . . . like many tribes. There is nothing to be gained by making fake history. HOWEVER, keep in mind that the Creek religion was bitterly against any form of blood sacrifice, human or animal. The shedding of any form of blood was forbidden within two English miles of a temple or shrine.


  6. For people who lived with abundant game and yet practiced cannibalism, one was religious, eating a sliver of liver as a compliment to the warrior killed. The other was revenge. There’s is no better way to show contempt for a person than drop them in the outhouse. It must be noted, Columbus said of Taino, Un gente en Dios, a godly people. Neither he nor his men seemed to have any qualms chowing down on longpig (a European term for human flesh). niio

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    1. From what I read of eyewitness accounts, human flesh was a major source of protein for the 100,000+ residents of Tenochtitlan. Rather than have much livestock other than turkeys and geese, the Aztecs harvested humans from their vassal states. The desire to escape a land where their children were eaten, the ancestors of the Upper Creeks and Sokee Creeks left Mexico and started new lives in the Southern Appalachians.

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      1. It was called flesh of the gods, and only blooded warriors were allowed to eat it. The majority of people lived on anything that came from the lake, insects included. Most American Indians believed cannibalism was witchcraft, and the Aztec were witches, following The Hummingbird Wizard. Crops were fertilized with the remains of sacrifices, of course. But, each family compound had honeybees, turkeys, dogs, quail, and if wealthy enough, chickens. Dried meat and -fish were a major import, as well. So much was imported, the Aztec began to use a form of money, Eagle quills packed with gold dust. The quill was more valued than the gold. They called themselves Tenocha, the People of Eagle-Mother. No wonder she wiped out their bloodbath. niio

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