From what I understand smallpox wiped out most of them [The Aztecs].
Though, it's rather obvious the conquistadors were largely in it for conquest and not for much else. That being said, things were not fluffy and gentle back then, and any civilization which boasted about its cannibalism and living human sacrifices (84,000 people to dedicate a pyramid?) was obviously dedicated enough to the devil to deserve some retribution.
You don't commit living sacrifices of that many people to demon gods without building up some weighty spiritual heft against you in the heavens.
And generally disease is often seen as divine retribution. People nowadays don't like to hear it, but scripture is full of it, and apparently even the Aztecs viewed it as such.
Shin, Catholic Answers 44 Comments
[7/18/2009 8:26:40 AM]
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