Sorrow of an Aztec Emperor.
December 13th, 2008
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, Moctezuma II.
Oh, it was centuries ago when I and my people tore out the living heart of innocent victims to placate our gods, and how we have all suffered for this! This, more than any other thing, came back to haunt us, and the reckoning has been terrible. We did not think we were doing wrong. In fact, we believed it was the moral thing to do. But what was our horror to discover that it was all vile murder, which had no justification whatsoever.
I send the warning to mortals, that when you are the cause of having people murdered, no matter how one may justify it in one’s own mind, you will have to pay a terrible price.
Moctezuma, (also spelled Montezuma in English) (c. 1466 or c.1480–1520) was the 9th tlatoani (ruler) of Tenochtitlan, reigning from 1502 to 1520. It was during Moctezuma’s reign that the Spanish Conquest began.
During his reign the Aztec Empire reached its maximal size; through warfare Moctezuma II expanded the territory as far south as Xoconosco in Chiapas and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and incorporated the Zapotec and Yopi people into the empire. He changed the previous meritocratic system of social hierarchy and widened the divide between pipiltin (nobles) and macehualtin (commoners) by prohibiting commoners from working in the royal palaces. The famous Stone of Tizoc, a sacrificial stone decorated with carvings representing Tizoc, Moctezuma’s predecessor as Tlatoani, was also elaborated during his rule. (Source: Wikipedia)