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A fact from Templo Mayor appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know? column on 17 November 2008, and was viewed approximately 9727 times (disclaimer)(check views). The text of the entry was as follows: "Did you know
... that at the inauguration of the sixth AztecTemplo Mayor in 1487 (scale model pictured), thousands of prisoners of war were ritually sacrificed, bathing the steps of the pyramid in blood?"
between 3,000 and 84,000 people were sacrificed over 4 days during its reconsecration
That's an awfully big range. I hope that's a typo. As is, it's fairly meaningless -- better to say "thousands." Cleduc 05:55, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
The number 84,000 conflicts with 'Human sacrifice in Aztec culture' wiki page
The information about human sacrifice is more than doubtful, the subject has recently been opened up again. Until a decade ago scholars have unquestioningly accepted claims of the Spanish conquerers (both Cortes and Díaz indulge the "rivers of blood", while they themselves never witnessed one instance of sacrifice). Archaeologist Moctezuma rightly points out that no one ever found more than a handful of sacrifial victims on the precincts. Please verify with recent publications. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 03:29, 18 January 2010 (UTC)
im kinda confused by the first line of the article. "Great Pyramid" in english translates as "Pirámide Mayor" in spanish. and "Templo Mayor" in spanish translates as "Great Temple". which one is correct, or are they both (due to different names by different people)? either way, the spanish name used isnt in italics as called for by the Manual of Style. and a translation isnt given. the way it reads right now, the article makes it seem to a non-spanish speaker that the second name in bold is a direct translation of the first. the spanish article calls it only the "Great Temple", but notes that its actually a "double temple", formed by a truncated pyramid. 188.8.131.52 02:15, 31 August 2006 (UTC)
What was the name of the temple in Aztec? Should the article not be moved to that name instead of the Spanish name? Gryffindor (talk) 13:30, 2 March 2010 (UTC)
Templo Mayor is the current name of the archaeological site, with associated museum. Since the temple is no longer standing I would have thought the Spanish name is appropriate, especially since that is what INAH uses to refer to the site. Many Mesoamerican archaeological sites use their modern names rather than the name they were originally known by, even when this is known (Tikal for example). Regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 13:38, 2 March 2010 (UTC)
I see. But what is (was) the native name of the temple? Gryffindor (talk) 16:02, 2 March 2010 (UTC)
Bizarrely, none of my sources give a name for the building as a whole (at least not one that I can locate quickly) but various books refer to Huitzilopochtli's half as Coatepec ("Serpent Hill") where the god was born and Tlaloc's half as Tonacatepetl, the mythical place where maize was stored by the gods. It is implied in one or two of my books that the building as a whole might have been referred to as Coatepec, but not stated outright. Regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 18:08, 2 March 2010 (UTC)