But there was also a more practical reason for human sacrifice, anthropologist Ross Hassig tells JS: "To keep everybody in line." In 1487, Emperor Ahuitzotl
(ah-WEE-saw-tul) raided surrounding tribes that had refused to pay him tribute, taking thousands of captives and sacrificing them at the Great Temple.
The stone monolith is inscribed with dates and language associated with Ahuitzotl
, a king who died in 1502.
As the consolidating king at the end of the second cycle, Motecuhzoma's military exploits were quite modest in comparison with those of his predecessor, Ahuitzotl
The fifteenth century Aztec ruler Ahuitzotl
was fond of the great-tailed grackle and had it imported from the coast to what is now Mexico City, where it became known as teotzanatl, divine or wondrous blackbird.
In 1486, the throne passed to Tizoc's younger brother, Ahuitzotl