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"Flowery War" in Aztec History

Frederic Hicks
American Ethnologist
Vol. 6, No. 1 (Feb., 1979), pp. 87-92
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/643386
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Abstract

The notion that the Aztec fought "flowery wars" primarily to provide captives needed for human sacrifice is called into question. The data on wars called "flowery" in the ethnohistorical sources indicate that they were simply wars not aimed at conquest, and that the most common motive for waging them was to provide military training and practice.

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