|Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM|
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, including the Aztec capital, Tenochitlan. According to Cortez and his crew, they took much of the Aztec poetry, and most of the poetry survived. Many scholars think that Aztec shows the real thinking and life of the Aztecs, other than the ''official'' life.
Aztec poetry was divided into many different genres. Yaocuicatl was dedicated to war. Teocuicatl was honoring the gods and the myths of creation, and xoichicuicatl for the flowers (literally- the meaning poems in Aztec life was The flower and the song).