In every civilization that has graced our planet at some point, each has wondered about how the world, and its people were created. Depending on the location of the civilization, and the influences from other civilizations, each early civilization has created some form of tale to explain how the world and it people were created. For this essay, I would like to review, and compare the Aztec’s creation story, and the Japan’s creation story.
As a young conquistador coming to a strange land that has a large pyramid with thousands of people surrounding it as they were chanting and yelling while looking toward the very top of the stairs that led to the top of the pyramid. You see people at the top and notice how they are cutting out the hearts of these human sacrifices and tossing them down the stairs. You stare in horror and notice what a terrible and cruel place you have come across. There was human sacrifice going on and gruesome wars over land that ultimately led to more and more death. But then you take another look around and see their agriculture and all the amazing irrigation systems they have set up and you 're completely shocked about how well their farming systems are.
The Aztec identity for the self or personal identity, is elusive because most of the documents talk about the social identity which played a major role in Aztec culture; this does not mean that personal identity was not present but it was not a dominate factor as it is today. Social identity is defined as a person’s conception and expression of their own and other’s individuality. Aztec culture was rich combinations of cultures from the people that made the Aztec empire; traditions that were passed down through generations influenced the way people lived within the society. According to Miguel Leon-Portilla in the book, “Aztec Image of Self and Society,” states that the Nahuas had a strong desire to instill in the young the principles that would make the formation of citizens that were wise and firm.
Mexico was originally settled by a variety of different ethnic groups. Some of these groups include the Mayas, Zapotecs, and Aztecs. As was the case with most of South and Central America, Mexico was colonized by the Spanish. Originally occupied in 1521, the colonization of Mexico led to the adopting of Spanish culture. As a result, Mexico lost a great deal of Aztec culture.
Have you ever heard about the Aztecs and that they practiced human sacrifice? The Aztecs also built beautiful Floating Gardens called Chinampas. The Aztec society was on an island in the middle of a lake. They flourished from the years 1428 to 1519 C.E. They had Chinampas that covered the lake surrounding their capital city of Tenochtitlan.
The Aztecs began as a northern tribe whose name came from a valley known as Aztlan, which was the name of their homeland. They appeared in Mesoamerica, today known as the south central region of Mexico, in the 13th century. There, the Aztecs built their proud city, Tenochtitlan. It was the heart of the Aztec civilization. The Aztec emperor didn’t rule every city state.
The conquistadors were people who were way more advanced than Europe thought. But they still were defeated very easily due to their lack of weapons. And when they invited people into their kingdom, but they were betrayed and their leader was captured. These events are very important in the turning of the history. This is very important because of the overthrowing of the Aztec empire.
Myths, Legends and Worship Why was the Aztec Civilisation destined to fail? Welcome to this tour. In this tour I will teach you about the amazing Aztec Civilisation who was very advanced in agriculture, education and punishments. The Aztecs were destined to fail when they were faced with the mighty Spanish Conquistadors.
The Aztecs were polytheistic which means they worshiped many gods. There main and most powerful god was Huitzilopochtli. Huitzilopochtli was the god of war, the sun and sacrifice. The sun was one of the most important things in Aztec culture they were called the people of the sun and believed that they needed to strengthen the sun's power through rituals and sacrifices. The priest in Aztec culture were in charge of making sure the gods were happy.
The Aztecs’ main god was the sun or Huitzilopochtli. They believed that the sun needed constant replenishment so that it could move across the earth everyday and prevent the world from ending. However, the only way to keep this from happening, and provide mobility for the sun was to offer human sacrifices; he needed human flesh and blood. This accounts for the human sacrifices that the Aztecs had as well as the many festivals, which their ultimate goal to sacrifice humans for Huitzilopochtli and other gods as well. It is important to point that the Aztecs believed that they were living in the 5th and last era, but that they needed to keep the world from ending.
When the Spanish arrived in Mesoamerica the conquistadors were accompanied by Christian missionaries. These missionaries saw their mission of converting the natives to Christianity as being an important aspect of the conquest. Conversion methods used by the missionaries included: baptisms, discrediting native gods and mass relocations to “fortress-like convents and churches”. The Maya religion was different and similar to Christianity.
Teotl ixiptla translates to “image of the deity” and refers to the people who were made into the image of an Aztec deity and sacrificed. These people were typically selected to have physical features that the Aztec considered to be the ideal and beautiful. They were dressed in order to make them look like deities and taught skills including public speaking and instrument playing. All of this was an effort to transform them into a god, not merely make them appear similar to one. Once the process was complete, they were sacrificed.