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Transcript of Aztec
The origin of the Aztec people started out as a nomadic tribe in Northern Mexico that traveled to Mesoamerica during 13th century.They eventually created establishments and built a capital city named Tenochtitlan.The Aztecs later became a dominant tribe in central Mexico and developed social, religious, political, and economical branches within their organization. They built a hierarchy and established their government to rule over their cities. This contributed to a stable society where the Aztecs could express their culture and develop their civilization.
Actez EARLY LIFE
The Aztec economy can be divided into a political sector, under the control of nobles and kings, and a commercial sector that operated independently of the political sector. The political sector of the economy centered on the control of land and labor by kings and nobles. They incorporated trade into their economic system and paved a path for trade networks, which was essential to economic prosperity. Crops such as grew beans, squash, avocados, tobacco, and especially corn were important factors in trade.
The Aztecs were very interested in education. Boys and girls were carefully educated from birth. During there first years of life, fathers educated boys, while mothers took care of girls. Once family education was over, the children of the nobles and priests went to the calmecac, and all others went to the tepochcalli. The Aztecs believed that education was extremely valuable and insisted that boys, girls and young people attend school. There were two main types of school the tepochcalli and calm-cac. Boys and girls went to both, but were kept separate from each other. The tepochcalli was for the children of common families and there was one in each neighborhood. Here, children learned history, myths, religion and Aztec ceremonial songs. Boys received intensive military training and also learned about agriculture and the trades. Girls were educated to form a family, and were trained in the arts and trades that would ensure the welfare of their future homes.
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The Aztecs relied on harvesting and trade in order to develop their own cusine. Varieties in Aztec food was due to the absence of cows, sheep, and goats. Aztec cusine consisted of maize, beans, chilles, tomatoes, potatoes, peanuts, and especially chocolate. The Aztec people also disovered how to domesticate animals and used this skill to domesticate bees for honey, turkeys, dogs, and ducks. In addition, they hunted animals such as rabbits, deer, and iguanas for food. However, meat was only a minor portion of the Aztec's overall food supply as they relied primarily on grains, fruits, and vegetables as a source of food.
Aztec clothes were generally made of cotton which was imported or ayate fiber, made from the Maguey Cactus also called the Century Plant or American Aloe. Women would weave the fibers into clothing, a task girls were taught as young teenagers. Because of their vast trading network, the Aztecs were able to make use of a beautiful array of dyes, creating the brilliant colours still seen in Mexico today. In addition, clothing varied depending on social status. Common people and slaves would wear a loincloth while the upper class attire consisted of cloaks, skirts for women, and tilmas which were adorned with jewels, gold, feathers, and furs for decoration.
Aztec music was essential component of their culture and who they are as a people.It allowed the Aztecs to not only share an understanding of their religion among each other, but to also created emotional connections in relation to events of life. Music was taught to young children as a subject and evenpassed down frm elders in a household. In addition, music would also serve as a method of communication with gods. The music associated with religion was known as sacred hymns. Other types of Aztec music such as cantares established poetic and symbolic nature so that the Aztecs could display their art through sound.
Aztec culture was a rich combination of the cultures of the peoples that made up the Aztec empire, including the Mexicas. Thousands of years of tradition influenced the way people lived in the society. There were two main social classes in Aztec culture. First the nobility or pilli, then the common people or macehualli. There were also slaves, which were generally well-treated. Slavery was not hereditary the children of a slave were free. There were ways for a slave to gain freedom, such as purchasing it.