Click to Subscribe
▶  More from Ancient Combat Deadliest Warrior Guide
Aztec Warrior versus Zande Warrior
The Deadliest warrior: Episode 2-4

I was impressive Mexican athletes and real scary boxer. The Mexican boxer, who handles the heavy Aztec weapons, would be a good match for the man who handled the Spartan panoply in the first episode of the first season.

Jaguar Warrior: the runt Mexican claims his ancient ancestor was small and agile, but that’s off the mark. The jaguar warriors were the largest men of the nation and were initiated into this cult to provide human flesh for the diet of the warrior top caste. Considering the protein deficiency of the indigenous diet the capture method of fighting was like a European army driving pigs with them—make the meat walk so you don’t have to drag it. Aztec society was the most severely strict human society I have examined. The Aztec aim seems to have been to become a big meat eater like the Zande.

The filed Zande teeth are depicted in some of Robert E. Howard’s fiction, set in north-central Africa. This was quite a point of astonishment for Europeans. At least one tribe of pigmies also filed their teeth to points, with one of the poor fellows dying of despair in a zoo exhibit in America.

The obsidian war club was very similar to Polynesian weapons. The Germans also used a large wooden sword against the Roman legions to good effect as these would defeat helmets. Versus the barbed spear the fighters are both in an “oops, I’m dead” tactical situation, as happens when a heavy slashing weapon goes against an exclusive thrusting weapon. The spear gets first strike and if he misses he’s meat.

The Kpinga iron penis knife was exactly what we could expect from an African tribe!

Atlatl is far older than 10,000 years, at least 40,000. This was probably the weapon that drove the Neanderthals to extinction. It is well-depicted in this role in the next to the last scene of the classic movie Quest for Fire.

The curved Zande knife is very similar to the Egyptian and Hebrew weapon. The inward-curving blade is a good application of poor quality iron to the needs of the warrior.

Slings were better used by the Incas, who lived in a sparsely wooded highland environment and used stone, bronze and leather for most of their weapons, including a sling mace. During the Inca conflict the Spaniards took casualties from sling stones denting skulls through helmets. The Andeans had developed a type of cranial surgery to save warriors with depressed fractures. The unlined helmets of the late modern period were not as proof against sling stones as lined medieval helmets. In the siege of Cuzco so many stones were cast at the Spaniards that the horses had trouble with their footing.

Cotton armor was borrowed by conquistadors once they fought the Mayans in the Yucatan. Their mail was not proof against the splintering arrows and darts, with the leader of the first mainland expedition, Francisco Hernadez de Cordoba dying from such wounds along with 100 of his men.

The two studs in each group were disturbing in their own way and showed each other credit, where the Mexican king fu guy and Sudanese authority were too argumentative for my taste, although this was obviously encouraged by the director.

Twerps, Goons and Meatshields: The Basics of Full Contact Stick-Fighting

Add Comment
Bruno DiasDecember 17, 2016 4:17 PM UTC

I love this episode. i was especially fascinated by the Zande's weaponary. I thought that they were a very crative people in terms of developing ways to kill their fellow african tribesman.
responds:December 18, 2016 1:14 PM UTC

They had a pretty functional tool kit. I really like the way the multipronged throwing knife favors gross motor skills over fine motor skills.