The Spanish Conquistadors stormed the coast of the New World in the 16th century, taking with them murder, greed and disease. From the limited amount of documented evidence that wasn't destroyed by the Spanish, we have garnered a futile amount of knowledge about the indigenous peoples from what we call Central and South America. We know that like our Viking friends, they worshipped several types of gods within their religion and also like our Viking friends, they made human sacrifices to appease these gods in hopeful return for a healthy crop harvest. Above is a papyrus depiction from the Florentine Codex, of the sacrificial process with the victims heart being cut out quite often using an obsidian blade. The body would then quite often be thrown down the steps of building or pyramid of which the sacrifice took place.
Here we have the AZTEC god Huitzilopchtli (literal translation of Hummingbird on the Left). Thought to have been the main AZTEC god and associated with the Sun and Fire, the god fearing Spanish thought him to be the devil incarnate due to the sacrificial dedications the Aztecs would make in his name.
Here we have a photograph of the statue of the last great INCA King, Atahaulpa. In charge of a vast INCAN empire during Pizarro's invasion in the 1500's, Atahaulpa severly underestimated the resolve and capability of the Spanish Conquistadors and paid the ultimate price. He was thought to be a strict ruler and reports say that he had his own soldiers killed who showed signs of fear or flinched or cowered upon their first ever encounter with a battle ready, mounted horse. He himself was apparently affronted with a horse charge situation himself, where he casually looked up from his seated position and stared down the mounted soldier without so much as blinking or flinching.
Eventually he was taken hostage by the Spanish soldiers as they increased their grip on Cuzco, which then eventually fell under the control of the Spanish with the help of the onset of small pox and small pockets of Incan defectors.
In the photograph above, situated in the valley near the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu, Atahaulpa is depicted as a great warrior with the Peruvian spirit animals, the Condor which rests on his shoulders and the Jaguar which rests patiently at his feet. This statue depicts the powerful stature of the man who could tame the INCA spirit animals into what seems to be obedient pets that are at his beck and call.