Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
Aztecs: Empire Of The Dying Sun
At the dawn of time, Huitzilopochtli, in the form of a hummingbird ordered the children of the Sun to follow him to a new homeland. On a swampy island in the middle of Lake Texcoco, an eagle with a snake in its mouth, perched upon a cactus would mark the site of their new home. Upon this site, they would build the great city of Tenochtitlan, and found the greatest native empire in North America. And in gratitude for their prosperity, they offered sacrifices to their gods...
..sacrifices of human blood.
Aztecs: Empire Of The Dying Sun is a complete d20 world guide detailing the setting of ancient Mexico in the period before the age of the Conquistadors. Aztecs: Empire Of The Dying Sun includes new feats, new skills, prestige classes, and information on character social classes, as well as information on the Aztec gods and the domains they provide to their priests.
d20 System compatible. Requires the use of the Dungeons & Dragons, Player's Handbook, Third Edition, published by Wizards Of The Coast.
Components: 64 pages, perfect bound.
The problem here isn't the game but its cover. The girl is wielding axes as if she's a homicidal maniac. In reality, Aztec sacrifices were solemn events and women didn't participate in them. This cover makes them seem like slasher movies, not religious ceremonies.
Even worse, the woman is obviously a sexualized babe out of some white man's fantasy. Her (lack of) clothing, model-like face and body, and high-heeled boots have nothing to do with Aztec culture. They're as phony as a president's promise.
Indian women as sex objects
Were the Aztecs murdering "animals"?
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