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Aztecs - Facts Summary

Early Aztec History<p>The exact origins of the Aztec people are uncertain, but they are believed to have begun as a northern tribe of hunter-gatherers …

Aztec human sacrifice was a bloody, fascinating mess

The common consensus—outside academic circles, at least—is that the Aztec empire, like most indigenous American nations, crumbled under the combined force of colonial subjugation and imported European diseases. And while these factors certainly played substantial roles in the Spanish conquest of …

Ancient History

Mictlantecuhtli

Mictlantecuhtli (<i>pron.</i> Mict-lan-te-cuht-li) or ‘Lord of the Land of the Dead’ was the Aztec god of death and worshipped across Mesoamerica. He ruled …

Aztec Sacrifice

The Aztec civilization which flourished in Mesoamerica between 1345 and 1521 CE has gained an infamous reputation for bloodthirsty human sacrifice …

Teotihuacans kept pumas in captivity and fed them human sacrifices as part of ancient rituals

The ancient Teotihuacan people in Mexico kept carnivorous animals like pumas, wolves, jaguars and eagles in captivity around 1,000 years earlier than …

Aztec Society

Aztec society was hierarchical and divided into clearly defined classes. The nobility dominated the key positions in the military, state …

The Aztec New Fire Ceremony

The New Fire Ceremony, also known as the Binding of the Years Ceremony, was a ritual held every 52 years in the month of November on the completion …

The Brutal and Bloody History of the Mesoamerican Ball Game, Where Sometimes Loss Was Death

<i>A ball court in Mexico (photograph by Dennis Jarvis)</i><p>The Olmecs started it, the Maya tweaked it, and the Aztecs nailed it. The Mesoamerican Ballgame, …