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Old 10 June 2014, 05:02 AM
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This seems to be based on an old European tradition that, back during pagan/early Christian times, it was common practice to use human sacrifices in architecture- it was thought to appease evil spirits, I believe. Stories are told of bridges, castles, and even churches (http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/sacrifice.html#vilmnitz) which have human beings, often children, as part of the foundation. When it was brought to America, the reason for the entombation became accidental, although I do have some vague memories of hearing it repeated about Southwestern Native American architecture. It seems odd that I don't remember any such claims about the Aztecs, but I guess you don't need to make up new gory tales of human sacrifice for the Aztecs.
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