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Aztec class structure

Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2012 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (1)

The highest class in the Aztec class structure is pipiltin, or nobility. Although at the the beginning, the nobility was not ruled by heredity, the Aztecs adopted this later on. The advantage of being pillis is that they had much better access to education, food and resources, were allowed to wear comfortable cotton clothing and feathers. The noble class had much better houses, some even made out of stone. They could own many slaves, and lived a wealth...

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Aztec arts

Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Though the Aztecs indeed loved war, Aztecs also loved arts. Poetry, songs and drama were highly regarded and there were even contests for them at many Aztec festivals. They were a large part of Aztec life.

An amazing amount of Aztec poetry has survived, even though Cortez, who arrived in 1519 ( see the Empire's fall for more) conducted burnings of many cities, inc...

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Achievements and inventions

Posted by [email protected] on January 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (3)

One of the greatest inventions of the Aztecs is chocolate. Chocolate is very commonly known now, and was first invented by the Aztecs. They put peppers into the chocolate, unlike now, as we do not use peppers to make it spicy, but rather to make it sweet. Chocolate was a food and drink for the warriors and nobles, as it was thought to give stammina. It was also used for sacred rituals, as it was also thought to be the food of the gods. Cacao beans were not only used for ...

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Aztec Laws

Posted by [email protected] on January 25, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Aztec Laws

Aztec laws were quite extreme. You can see below, that even if you commited a minor crime, the consequences would be extreme.

         Crime                  |         Punishment  &#...

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