• Awkward: Child Sacrifice Graveyard Undercuts Myth of ‘Native American Innocence’

    Surge Summary: The discovery of a centuries-old graveyard containing the child victims of vast human sacrifice, puts paid to the myth of “Native American Innocence” which so many on the Left entertain in their attacks on Western Civilization.

    Every late-September, early-October, around Columbus Day, liberals trot out a version of history which frames its account of European colonization as a frank narrative of good versus evil: there were these horrible Europeans who stumbled upon innocent Native Americans and, in the offing, subjected them to slavery, exploitation, and oppression.

    Folks who know anything about actual past events – especially those with a biblical world-view – have recognized this accusation is bogus: there have been atrocities among aboriginal peoples just like in every people group – and, turns out, in a development which must be a real bummer for anti-Americans and secular humanists, PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil informs us a significant archaeological discovery deals a damaging blow to this Euro-hostile narrative. Of course, inhabitants of the old world did indeed perpetrate some awful things – they were human beings, after all — the natives they discovered weren’t free of their own, umm … flaws.

    Two hundred and fifty skeletons of children between the ages of 4 and 14 have been unearthed at Huanchaco, Peru, in what experts say is likely the world’s largest child-sacrifice site. Huanchaco is a site of the Chimú culture (1200-1400), a predecessor to the mighty Inca Empire, which also carried out child sacrifices.

    It’s a hideous and heartbreaking discovery.

    “This is the biggest site where the remains of sacrificed children have been found,” the excavation’s chief archaeologist, Feren Castillo, told AFP in August. “There isn’t another like it anywhere else in the world.”

    The Peruvian press agency Andina reported the archeological unearthing of the site containing the skeletal remains of 250 children and 40 warriors, 346 miles north of the Peruvian capital, Lima.

    Experts say the children were sacrificed to honor the Chimú gods in relation to an “El Niño” event, slain during wet weather and buried facing the sea.

    This is really bad news for the always misbegotten “Native American innocence” myth. This very worst site for an especially appalling iteration of human sacrifice — hundreds of children murdered — long predates the period in which the famous Italian explorer first stepped into the New World.

    Horrifying as this discovery is, it should not surprise anyone. Human sacrifice is tragically common throughout history, just like slavery. People in the Ancient Near East, Europe, China, Tibet, India, the Pacific, and West Africa practiced it — and it was horrifically common in the pre-Columbian Americas.

    To reiterate: this is not a revolutionary revelation. It’s just that Columbus-despisers and Western Civilization-loathers are unaware of it, or simply choose to ignore it, every year around October time.

    In Meso-America, the Mixtec sacrificed rulers who lost a ballgame, while the Maya sacrificed humans to close sinkholes — with many of those sacrificed being under 20 years old. The Aztecs infamously sacrificed roughly 80,400 prisoners (mostly defeated warriors) by ripping out their hearts. They also sacrificed children to appease their rain god, who required children’s tears.

    Childrens’ tears? Wow. Immeasurable cruelty. Once more, heart-rending. And issuing from a people who presumably didn’t have white skin or speak a romance language.

    In fact, the Day of the Dead festivities (before, during, and after Halloween) popular in modern Mexico extend back to Chapultepec Park, the resort of Montezuma and other Aztec rulers. The modern display of skulls is reminiscent of Aztec skull racks, huge wooden frames holding the impaled heads of enemies or sacrificial victims, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    We’re not picking on the forebears of modern Mexican or Central/South American populations either. The historic facts are that not a few native tribes in the area that would become the United States also practiced abominations. Until the 1800s, for example, the Pawnee indulged an annual “Morning Star” Ceremony. This delight included sacrificing a young girl.

    Neither were South American natives innocent of barbarism. O’Neil relays:

    the Moche of Eastern Peru sacrificed teenagers en masse. The Inca would sacrifice royal retainers when a leader died. For instance, as many as 4,000 servants, court officials, favorites, and concubines were killed upon the death of Emperor Huayna Capac in 1527. Mummies of sacrificed children have been recovered in the Inca regions of South America. The Inca also performed child sacrifices during important events, such as the death of an emperor or during a famine.

    The bigger point is:

    None of this is to suggest the Native Americans were uniquely evil — human sacrifice is tragically common in ancient cultures. Its eradication is one more reason why the Western heritage should be celebrated, not demonized.

    Western morality rightly condemns human sacrifice. According to the Bible, the Jewish God prohibited the practice in the Ancient Near East, but both the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah often lapsed back into the barbaric practice. The Romans had practiced human sacrifice but very infrequently — and explicitly banned the practice before the emergence of Christianity.

    Christianity not only banned human sacrifice, but also the barbaric practices of pharmacological abortion and infant exposure — leaving unwanted babies to die in the woods. Christianity would also ban slavery in the early medieval era, and later inspire the abolitionist movement in the 1800s.

    If that information surprises, it may be because it’s not t much taught any longer, but historical verities endure: While the track record of those espousing Judeo-Christian convictions is hardly unblemished,

    the ideals at its center have inspired the unprecedented prosperity of capitalism, the freedom of limited government, and the abolition of slavery and human sacrifice. The left’s attempts to demonize this heritage are disgusting — and they threaten to undermine the values that have so benefitted Americans and people across the world.

    And thus, cut out from under these same peoples the foundations that are preserving a good part of current, civilized behavior.

    Christians have long promoted the notion that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). No demographic of human beings has ever existed which has been exempt from the consequences of Adam’s fall. Lamentably, regardless of skin tone, ethnic ancestry or geographical location, people frequently do bad things, even en masse.

    Simultaneously, those promoting a biblical viewpoint have been involved in attempting to make life better for multitudes, at the forefront of social reform movements for centuries, up to present-day pro-life exertions, battles for religious liberty, humanitarian efforts, etc.

    The archaeological discovery in Peru should serve as a reminder that the modern prosperity, freedom, and morality we now enjoy is not the norm in human history. These benefits must be defended, and those of us who enjoy them should be grateful to the Western heritage from which they sprang.

    Yes, grateful on Columbus Day, and every day thereafter.

    H/T: PJ Media/Tyler O’Neil

    Image: Screen shot: The Guardian; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1fRF5xLPZs

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