Abdullah Almousalli
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1. Area inhabited/ruled [if members of your group emigrated, immigrated, or established settlement (colonies) outside of their home country you should include an explanation of that travel or settlement in this section; include places traveled and reasons for leaving home country]
The Aztecs were a tribe of Indians in central Mexico. The Aztecs, mainly living in central Mexico, also conquered large chunks of Mesoamerica during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. The Aztecs and other tribes of the Mexica mostly inhabited an inner city of Central Mexico called Tenochtitlan.



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This is a picture of Tenochtitlan, as you can see, there are roads leading to the rest of central mexico, so that people can transport goods accross easier.






2. Everyday Life
Aztec daily life is quite similar to a lot of countries’ modern day family life in the sense that the dad will go out and get a job and work, while the mother stays home to take care of the children. To start, a family will get a piece of land and a house, that is, once the couple has married. A good thing to note is that a man may have more than one wife. The family will then proceed to have children and will grow and raise them from there.



An interesting fact about the Aztecs’ belief as to how a child is born is that they think of the child as a warrior, fighting through a lot of pain, and the mother too, in fact, is considered a warrior as she gives birth. And, if a mother dies while giving birth, she is glorified the same way a warrior who died in a battle would be. After the children are raised, the father will be responsible for educating the children until they are old enough to enter a school. From there the children will get married and the cycle will start all over again.


3. Social and Political Organization
The Aztec political system was a tribute system, in which was ruled by indirect means. The system was organized into certain classes, A king or queen, then the nobles, then the commoners, and then the slaves. Basically, the tributes were paid twice to four times a year. The slaves pay to the commoners, the commoners pay to the nobles, and so on.







4. Religion
The Aztec religion consists of a lot of gods. Here are a few: Quetzalquotl, Teoti, Teixiptia, and Uitzilopchli. In this religion, the Aztecs believe that the gods created the universe, and that it took the gods five tries to create the universe. This was because of a lot of disagreements between the gods. To solve the problem, each god sacrificed him or herself to create a portion of the universe and this is why the Aztecs worshiped them.

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This is an image of the god Quetzalquotal, the god of opprotunities and learning.












5. Arts/Technology/Developed Culture
The Aztecs’ culture was expressed in a lot of different ways, art was one of them. The Aztecs made art to express religion and warfare, usually telling of something that happened in real life, such as a war. Art was mostly made with pottery and paintings. They also expressed their culture with tattoos. These were made for ceremonies to please a specific god, Uitzipochle.

The Aztecs Also had ceremonies to please the gods. In these ceremonies, Special songs and dances were performed. Song and dance is yet another way that the Aztecs expressed their artistic abilities.


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The Aztecs’ culture was expressed in a lot of different ways, art was one of them. The Aztecs made art to express religion and warfare, usually telling of something that happened in real life, such as a war. Art was mostly made with pottery and paintings. They also expressed their culture with tattoos. These were made for ceremonies to please a specific god, Uitzipochle.

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Here is an example of Aztec art, it is a picture of a clay sculpture, made as a representation of a god.