The Macuahuitl: An Aztec Warrior’s Lethal and Sacred Weapon (Video)
The Macuahuitl was an ancient Aztec weapon that could be used by both shamans and warriors. It was a devastating weapon that was feared by those who encountered it on the battlefield. Made of obsidian and wood, the Macuahuitl was a sharp and deadly weapon that was designed to maim and hurt rather than kill outright. The Aztecs used it to capture their enemies and sacrifice them later to their gods. The obsidian blades on the Macuahuitl were ultra-sharp and could easily slice through flesh, leaving behind exposed areas for infection. This weapon was not only a tool of war but also a symbol of Aztec culture and religion. What’s the story behind the Macuahuitl and how effective was it as a weapon of war?
Top image: Aztec warrior holding a macuahuitl. Source: Ivan / Adobe Stock.