These ceremonial knives were perhaps used by Aztec priests to perform human sacrifices. Priests laid the victim’s body (often a captive warrior) over a stone slab and cut open his abdomen with a horizontal incision to remove his heart, which they gave to the gods as an offering. Obsidian, or volcanic glass, is extremely hard and used in surgical instruments today.
Obsidian and wood
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