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Paradigm shift

Well, this changes things....
Ancient Maya scarified boys not virgin girls: study

2 hours, 19 minutes ago

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The victims of human sacrifice by Mexico's ancient Mayans, who threw children into water-filled caverns, were likely boys and young men not virgin girls as previously believed, archeologists said on Tuesday.

The Maya built soaring temples and elaborate palaces in the jungles of Central America and southern Mexico before the Spanish conquest in the early 1500s.

Maya priests in the city of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula sacrificed children to petition the gods for rain and fertile fields by throwing them into sacred sinkhole caves, known as "cenotes."

The caves served as a source of water for the Mayans and were also thought to be an entrance to the underworld.

Raise your hands. Who thought of me when they saw this headline???


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Jan. 23rd, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, so you lost your virginity for nothing :-)

More seriously, does this mean that it's a good idea for boys to lose theirs early as well? I don't want my kids to end up on the sacrifice table.

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