The Aztec Death Whistle

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In 1999, at the base of the temple of the wind god Ehecatl, a male skeleton was discovered clutching two hollow whistles. When examined and played, the sound they made has been described as “the scream of a thousand corpses”. While some experts have speculated the Mayans may have used the noise ” to help peoples souls travel to the afterlife”, others have suggested the possibility that the Mayans may have used during battle to instill a psychological effect on the enemy by making it appear there was something terrifying in their mists.

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"Aztec Death Whistles Sound like Human Screams and May Have Been Used as Psychological Warfare. When odd, skull-shaped grave items were found by archaeologists decades ago at an Aztec temple in Mexico, they were assumed to be mere toys or ornaments, and were catalogued and stored in warehouses. However, years later, experts discovered they were creepy ‘death whistles’ that made piercing noises resembling a human scream, which the ancient Aztecs may have used during ceremonies, sacrifices, or during battles to strike fear into their enemies. When the 2 whistles were finally blown, the sounds created were described as terrifying. The whistles make the sounds of “humans howling in pain, spooky gusts of whistling wind or the ‘scream of a thousand corpses” Roberto Velázquez Cabrera, a mechanical engineer and founder of the Mexico-based Instituto Virtual de Investigación Tlapitzcalzin, has spent years recreating the instruments of the pre-Columbians to examine the sounds they make. He writes in MexicoLore that the death whistle in particular was not a common instrument, and was possibly reserved for sacrifices – blown just before a victim was killed in order to guide souls to the afterlife- or for use in battle. “Some historians believe that the Aztecs used to sound the death whistle in order to help the deceased journey into the underworld. Tribes are said to have used the terrifying sounds as psychological warfare, to frighten enemies at the start of battle,” explains Oddity Central . If the whistle was used during battles, the psychological effect on an enemy of a hundred death whistles screaming in unison might have been great, unhinging and undermining their resolve." —— #AztecDeathWhistle #DeathWhistle #AztecWhistle #HumanSacrifice —– This is a short clip from one of my new YouTube videos hiking the Mississippi River valley with Lobo a Kurgan. A link to my YouTube channel is at the top of my Instagram page. — #NatureIsMyChurch #MississippiRiver #TheBigBadWolf #Odinson #Heathen #REKKR

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