|Mural by Diego Rivera|
Bruce then points out that there are a few places where this practice is acknowledged in our time. One of the places where this practice is displayed was on the wall murals painted in Mexico's National Palace by the skilled artist Diego Rivera. In the mural it shows what looks to be a tattooed prostitute tempting many men whom are displaying gifts and other items in hopes of pleasing her. One man whom is obviously a warrior is displaying the arm of a white man whom he more than likely defeated in battle. Mr. Yerman states this gift was considered comparable to a piece of fine jewelry.
points out that "At one point the Popol Vuh reports a fight between hero twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, and the god Seven Macaw. Hidden in a tree, Hunahpu shoots Seven Macaw with his blowgun. As the twin seeks to escape, Seven Macaw twists and tears an arm off Hunahpu's body. "And when Seven Macaw had taken the arm of Hunahpu, he went home . . . then he hung up the arm of Hunahpu,"7 most probably as a token of his victory."
|Ammon defending the kings flocks|
As we can see this practice has been verified through ancient practice. Bruce H. Yerman gave other examples in his excellent article which can be found on the this link.