How Aztecs Make Babies

What if you got the birds and the bees talk from Aztec parents? How different would it be? Answer: quite different indeed. Among the other things needed to make a baby besides “loving each other very much”, are ritual, sacrifice, and sweeping. How does that work?

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Avalos, Fransisco. “An Overview of the Legal System of the Aztec Empire.” Law Library Journal, Vol. 86, 1994: p. 259.

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Nash, June. “The Aztecs and the Ideology of Male Dominance.” Signs, Vol. 4, No.2, 1978: pp. 349-362.

Sigal, Pete. The Flower and the Scorpion: Sexuality and Ritual in Early Nahua Culture. London: Duke University Press, 2011.

Audio Credits

The History of Sex podcast theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant”, “Mystery Sax”, and “There It Is” by Kevin MacLeod. Short Shorts theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant” by Kevin MacLeod and “Short Shorts” by the Royal Teens.

Additional music from “1521 The Last Battle (Demo) 2017 Prehispanic Epic Music” from Garinioss Composer, “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot, and “Need You Tonight” by INXS.

Image Credits

Tlazolteotle goddess from Wikipedia.

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