Maya and Aztec

Ancient Mesoamerican civilizations






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Aztec art (Aztekische Kultur)

Category: Art


Cronica Mexicayotl by Hernando Alvarado Tezozomoc (excerpt) ||| The finding and Founding of Tenochtitlan

Category: Books

The finding and Founding of Tenochtitlan excerpt from the Cronica Mexicayotl by Hernando Alvarado Tezozomoc written in 1609 I. Here it is told, it is recounted How the ancients who were called, who were named, Teochichimeca, Azteca, Mexitin, Chicomoztoca, came, arrived, When they came to seek, When they came to gain possession of their land […]



Conquest of the Aztecs

Category: Aztec

Cortes First March to Tenochtitlan Upon arrival, Cortes founded a town and called it Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz. At about the same time he had all ten of his ships scuttled and sank so that his followers could not escape Emperor Montezuma’s ambassaders eventually appeared in the Spanish camp. They brought with them […]



The Aztecs Arrive in the Valley of Mexico

Category: Aztec

Following the collapse of Teotihuacan, the Toltecs swept down from the north and wiped out the few remaining survivors and took over the Valley of Mexico. They set up a capital in Tula under a ruler named Topiltzin. Then, Tula itself fell to invaders in 1224. The fall of Tula led the way for the […]



Aztec Religion

Category: Aztec

The Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures believed that several successive worlds (4) had existed before ours, and each time mankind had been wiped out by some catastrophic event. This series of worlds were called the “Four Suns.” and the age that we now live in is the fifth. The ancient Aztecs believed that two beings […]



Tenochtitlan (aztecs)

Category: Cities


Aztec Military

Category: Aztec

Aztec children were dedicated to war from the day that they were born. At birth, their umbilical cords were cut and buried with a shield and arrows. The children were told that they had come into the world to fight. Boys that wore six or seven attended telpochcalli. These were neighborhood schools where the) received […]



Origins of the Aztecs

Category: Aztec

Archaeologists believe that the first Native Americans entered the New World by way of the Bering Strait. This migration took place during the “Ice Age.” or Pleistocene. They crossed the strait when lowered sea levels between Siberia and Alaska ex­posed a land bridge. We do not know the exact date of the first arrivals, but […]



Lifestyles of the Ancient Aztecs

Category: Aztec

Ancient Aztec children were usually born with the help of a mid-wife. After the umbilical cord was cut, the mid-wife washed the baby and prayed to the water god Chalchiuhtlicue. Soon after the prayer the name of the child was announced. Most Aztec children survived on a strict diet of corn cakes and mothers milk. […]



Tenochtitlan – Capital of the Aztecs

Category: Aztec

The Mexica or Aztecs from Aztlan, were guided by their god Huitzilopochtli, while they traveled for many years. They were told to go until they found an eagle sitting on a cactus eating a serpent. Finally, they found what they were looking for on the shores of Lake Texcoco. Unfortunately, they were among the last […]