'Climate Thanks to the Aztecs for demonstrating that torturing children isn't a reliable way to prevent droughts' - 'It's a rule: If we want to prevent drought, we need some sacrifices' Child sacrifice in pre-Columbian cultures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: 'According to Bernardino de Sahagún, the Aztecs believed that, if sacrifices were not given to Tlaloc, the rain would not come and their crops would not grow. Archaeologists have found the remains of 42 children sacrificed to Tlaloc (and a few to Ehecátl Quetzalcóatl) in the offerings of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. In every case, the 42 children, mostly males aged around six, were suffering from serious cavities, abscesses or bone infections that would have been painful enough to make them cry continually. Tlaloc required the tears of the young so their tears would wet the earth. As a result, if children did not cry, the priests would sometimes tear off the children's nails before the ritual sacrifice'