The pyramid went from nobles, artisans, commoners and slaves. Belief Systems (Religions, myths, rituals The boys taught religion. Religion dominated the Aztec society. The Aztec believed in over 1,000 different gods. Quetzalcoatl was the main god.
They are widely known throughout there empires that they live in. Finally one other thing that only the Mayan do is throw there sacrifices into a well. When the Mayan people threw sacrifices into wells the would see if they survived. If they survived they were treated as sacred. That's how the Mayan are different from the other two
“They jumped into the sacrificial fire and became the sun and the moon.” (AD1, p.3) Because the gods like Nanahuatzin and Tecuciztecatl volunteered themselves for the Sun and to keep it alive and healthy, future Aztecs felt obliged to further maintain the Sun through various sacred rituals. To meet the Sun’s needs and to repay the Gods for their sacrifice, it compelled the Aztecs to continue sacrifices and bloodletting. While this was the main reason for human sacrifice and bloodletting, Aztec cosmetology also involved these same practices. The Aztecs described cosmic life as unstable and destructive - which also compelled them to practice bloodletting and human sacrifice. They were worried that the universe could become unstable and bring destruction to their world.
Aztec Sacrifice The Aztecs are well known for their religious practice of human sacrifice. Generally speaking, Aztec sacrifices were performed to appease the gods of the Aztec religion. Human sacrifice, in Aztec culture, was seen as some kind of repayment to the gods for their own sacrifices. It was also believed that the sacrifices were necessary for the flourishment of Aztec society. For instance, sacrifices for the sun god, Tezcatlipoca, were executed to ensure Tezcatlipoca was well-nourished and had the strength to raise the sun each morning.
The Aztecs had a very interesting religion. One reason I thought that their religion was interesting was because they have a specific “god” for each element in nature. For example, they had a god for the sun but a different god for water. Each element of nature had its own separate god. The Aztecs also gave sacrifices to their gods.
The natives looked for guidance for whatever activity they did whether it was marriage, farming, or business. Today the culture’s beliefs may seem odd and far off but to them it was normal customs to perform these acts in order to pay homage to their gods. In the Mayan and Aztec religions human sacrifices were vital for these cultures, they believed the sacrificed was blessed by the gods. Sacrifices were made to sustain their gods. The Mayans believed the gods created them from corn and used blood as the mortar for life (“Cracking the Mayan Code”).
The 5th sun prophesied that death by earthquakes will be the death of the current world we live in. The third piece of Art I exhibited was the Olmec Mask. The Olmec mask is found in the Museum of the Templo Mayor, at the main Aztec temple in current day Mexico City. Also, the olmec mask is a small, green, and stone sculpture face. It exhibits several character traits that were common to the Olmec people.
According to them, communities believed that everything was created by different gods and ruled by them. At first there was only fresh (Apsu) and salt (Tiamat) water. Later, outgrew of these gods created everything else, for instance, components of nature such as mountains, forests, and features of humans such as wisdom, intelligence, anger and so on. Another most mentioned god was the Marduk, which was served many main temples. It was believed that Marduk was one of the gods who created the new world by winning the battles among the other gods (Heidel, 1952, p. 153).
The stone also had four boxed figures which represented the four previous suns. The Aztec believed that the universe was maintained by supplying blood to the gods. When Cortez landed in Mexico the Aztec ruler believed him to be Quetzalcoatl. This would have allowed him to have or gain anything he wanted from the Aztec’s. If people believed he was a god, then he could do anything he wanted to do.