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In History of the Things of New Spain Sahagún confesses he was aghast by the fact that, during the first month of the year, the child sacrifices were approved by their own parents, who also ate their children.In the month Atlacacauallo of the Aztec calendar (from February 2 to February 21 of the Gregorian Calendar) children and captives were sacrificed to the water deities, Tláloc, Chalchitlicue, and Ehécatl.These high figures have not been confirmed by historians.Hernán Cortés describes an event in his Letters: In Xochimilco, the remains of a three-to-four-year-old boy were found.The skull was broken and the bones had an orange/yellowish cast, a vitreous texture, and porous and compacted tissue.Aztecs have been known to boil down remains of some sacrificed victims to remove the flesh and place the skull in the tzompantli.In the month Tozoztontli (from March 14 to April 2) children were sacrificed to Coatlicue, Tlaloc, Chalchitlicue, Tona.In the month Hueytozoztli (from April 3 to April 22) a maid; a boy and a girl were sacrificed to Cintéotl, Chicomecacóatl, Tlaloc and Quetzalcoatl.
Diego Durán in the Book of the Gods and Rites wrote about the religious practices devoted to the water gods, Tlaloc and Chalchiuhtlicue, and a very important part of their annual ritual included the sacrifice of infants and young children.In every case, the 42 children, mostly males aged around six, were suffering from serious cavities, abscesses or bone infections that would have been painful enough to make them cry continually.Tlaloc required the tears of the young so their tears would wet the earth.There are also skulls suggestive of child sacrifice dating to the Maya periods.
Mayanists believe that, like the Aztecs, the Maya performed child sacrifice in specific circumstances.
Other scenes of sacrificed boys are visible on painted jars.