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Early Societies in the Americas and Oceania

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Kinberg, Nicholas Michael Chakmakian AP World History 7 July 2015 Chapter 6 Outline Americas/Oceania 9/683 BC, Maya man Chan Bahlum grasped obsidian knife/cut 3 slits into penis Inserted paper into slits from bark to encourage blood flow Brother Kan Xul did this too, fam. Drew blood from Bloodletting was act of piety performed as Chan Bahlum presided over funeral for father Pacal, king of Maya city Palenque in Yucatan peninsula Maya believed shedding of royal blood was needed for survival Chan Bahlum succeeded father as king of Palenque Maya opened wounds with obsidian knives, stingray spines, bones Men drew blood from penis, women drew from tongue Both sexes drew blood from earlobes, lips, cheeks, pulled cords thru wounds

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