Happy belated Indigenous Peoples Day! by Tom Reynolds
In his never-ending effort to be “woke”, Joe Biden does away with Columbus Day because of Columbus’ connection to slavery. Biden honors Indigenous People, instead.
A special shout out to the Aztecs on their holiday.
The Aztecs had religious festivities at the end of their 20-day months and human sacrifice was an essential feature of these festivities. (And you thought giving up something for Lent was hard.)
Human sacrifice also was part of the legend around the founding of the Aztec capital city, Tenochtitlan, which was accompanied by the sacrifice and skinning of the daughter of the King Coxcox of Culhuacan. (By contrast, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton decided on the current site of Washington D.C. over dinner and a glass of wine.)
Another aspect of Aztec human sacrifice was children who were made to cry before the sacrifice. The tears were thought to wet the earth and thus appease the gods. If a child did not cry, the priests would sometimes tear out the nails of the child to make him or her cry.
The Aztec practice of human sacrifice also served a political purpose. Since the Aztecs were small in number compared to the other subjugated tribes and, thus, there was always a danger of an alliance between these tribes against the Aztecs. To avert this, Aztecs demanded humans as a tribute from the subjugated tribes. As a result, these tribes would constantly raid each other to procure humans for sacrifice. This minimized or eliminated the chance of an alliance between the tribes. (Sounds like the current effort to keep the left in power by dividing people over race and gender issues.)
Five years before Columbus discovered America, in 1487, “Templo Mayor” was dedicated in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, with a four-day celebration. How many were sacrificed during that time is a subject of scholarly speculation with the lowest estimate is 4,000.
It is hard to know how many Aztecs died under the sacrificial knife. Many reputable scholars today put the number between 20,000 and 250,000 per year for the whole Aztec Empire. (Hitler, Mao and Stalin would have been proud of the Aztecs.)
Indigenous People Day would not be complete without mentioning the Incas of Peru. Although a little less bloodthirsty than Aztecs, the Incas had also enslaved the indigenous people further south along the Andes.
Human sacrifices were practiced by the Incas to ward off danger, famine or an epidemic. The victims were usually children, sometimes men and virgins. (Apparently, virgins have been sacrificial favorites, everywhere.)
More recently, archaeologists have discovered a site in northern Peru of mass child sacrifice. Over 140 children were probably sacrificed about 550 years ago on a site known as Huanchaquito-Las Llamas. Later the number of sacrificed children’s remains found rose to 269, with the discovery of another nearby site.
An interesting aspect of the Inca Empire is described in the book “A Socialist Empire: The Incas of Peru” by Louis Baudin. He writes that the regime imposed by the Inca rulers on the indigenous populations they had enslaved was a precursor of Marxist-style socialism. Private property and individual initiative were prohibited; money and commerce did not exist. Private life was subject to tough state regulation: people had to dress in a similar way; marriage was allowed only following the eugenic laws of the state, to avoid “racial contamination”. Like any tyrannical system of this type, it was oppressive and didn’t work, so much so that the subjugated indigenous enthusiastically helped the few Spaniards who came to get rid of it. (Sounds like the Incas deserve the Margaret Sanger award for eugenics.)
Wow - and the Aztecs and Incas enslaved other indigenous peoples. Well, at least they weren’t racists.
Back in the U.S.A., the Indigenous People were not as advanced as the Aztecs and Incas had been.
Did you know that the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery did not apply to all slaves? The “Five Civilized Tribes” of the southeast - Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole - also participated in the institution of slavery. Because these tribes were located outside the sovereignty of the United States, constitutional amendments did not apply to them. (Kinda like today’s Leftists who don’t believe the Constitution applies to them.)
According to journalist Aliana E. Roberts, by 1800, the “Five Tribes” had developed “plantations that rivaled those of their white neighbors.” She also notes that the percentage of black slaves in the population was not insignificant. In 1860:
- Cherokee Nation citizens owned 2,511 slaves (15 percent of their total population),
- Choctaw citizens owned 2,349 slaves (14 percent of their total population), and
- Creek citizens owned 1,532 slaves (10 percent of their total population).
- Chickasaw citizens owned 975 slaves, which amounted to 18 percent of their total population.
These were proportions equivalent to that of white slave owners in Tennessee, a large slaveholding state.
Most other North American tribes also practiced some form of slavery, even before Columbus. (Wait a minute – Columbus didn’t introduce slavery to America?)
We should surely be glad that the “woke” left, under Joe Biden, has decided it’s better to honor Indigenous Peoples than Christopher Columbus. Although, it’s lucky for those Indigenous Peoples that they weren’t “White European Heritage Peoples” or they would have to lose their new holiday because they practiced slavery. If the day had to again be renamed, the “woke” would demand that it honor someone who did not practice slavery; that, of course, would eliminate just about every race and country in the history of the world. But if you wanted to name it for someone who did not practice human sacrifice, Christopher Columbus is available.