Search International Institute website.

City of Ritual and Sacrifice: Aztec Empire/Aztec Rule

Harvard Divinity School Professor Davíd Carrasco discusses the Aztec ritual of "Feast of the Flaying of Men."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
314 Royce Hall

Professor Carrasco will discuss the Aztec ritual of “Feast of the Flaying of Men” in which captured warriors are paraded in the ceremonial centers of Tenochtitlan before being sacrificed as the city becomes an ideal battlefield where victory never ceases. He will also discuss recent theories of sacrifice and sacred violence, and illustrate recent, relevant discoveries from the excavation of the Aztec Templo Mayor.

Davíd Carrasco is a Mexican American historian of religions with a particular interest in religious dimensions in human experience, Mesoamerican cities as
symbols, immigration, and the Mexican-American borderlands. Working with Mexican archaeologists, he has carried out 20 years of research in the excavations
and archives associated with the sites of Teotihuacan and Mexico-Tenochtitlan. His most recent publication is a new abridgement of Bernal Díaz del Castillo’s memoir of the conquest of Mexico, History of the Conquest of New Spain (University of New Mexico Press). Carrasco has received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor the Mexican government gives to a foreign national.


Email: to register. Lunch will be provided.

Cost : Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required

Download file: carrascoCityofRitual-dk-h0g.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Center for Mexican Studies, Department of History, Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies, Chicano Studies Research Center, CSU, Northridge Department of Religious Studies

Search International Institute website.