The Aztecs lived in Tenochtitlan, which is now Mexico City. The Aztec civilization started from1330 and ended in1521.
The Aztecs are ancient people that were like the First Nations. The only differences were that they spoke a different language and the Aztecs lived in Mexico.
Emperors are always ranked number one in the Social Structure while slaves had the lowest rank in the Aztecs. A high ranked division is the Pipiltin, high ranked priests, warriors and nobles are in it. Commoners were middle class people, regular priests, warriors, artisans and traders were in this rank. Citizens had the second lowest rank.
The average Aztec would have a home with two main sections. One section of the home would be a kitchen and a living room and the other side of the home is a steam or bath room. The walls were made of mixed water, mud and dirt.
The Aztec’s main food source was a corn called maize. Some vegetables they ate were avocadoes and tomatoes. From maize they made tortilla wraps and stuffed meat or vegetables inside. On the hottest day of the year they would put dog, exotic vegetables and fruits, birds and edible flowers in the foods markets. Lake Texcoco was a massive food resource for the Aztecs, it supplied fresh water, fish, turtles and other marine life.
Tortillas made of maize
Everybody in an Aztec family had a job to do. The husband of an Aztec family would support the family financially and he would also crop the food on the farm. He was the one in charge of the family. The wife of an Aztec family was to provide clothing and food for her husband and children.
When a woman was to marry somebody, the woman was expected to have kids. On the day of the marriage, they bride would hand the husband a special necklace as a dowry and say a poem to the husband.
Aztec children are raised by their parents. From their parents they learn a lot of basic life style skills. Punishments for the kids that did not behave were severe, but not as harsh as Hammurabi's laws. All kids were treated unfairly. Boys at the age of fifteen were sent to school.
Childhood in Canada is a lot easier compared to childhood from the Aztecs. In Canada kids usually don’t get punished very severally, but in the Aztecs the punishments were painful. Kids that were apart of the Aztecs had to be more independent and had to have a lot of discipline. They also had to learn from their own mistakes.
All kids under the age of fourteen are educated by their own parents. They are supervised by their capoli. Boys who were older than fifteen go to an all boys school. There the boys learn a lot about religion, the art of war, how to fight with spears and weapons and learn to use pictograms.
Religion in the Aztecs dynasty played a big role. The Aztecs followed three main gods, the god of war and sun, the hummingbird wizard, and the chief god named Tezcatlipoca. The Aztecs prayed and obeyed the gods orders so they could grow corn. Chalchihuitlicue the god of growth and Tlaloc was the god of rain. The Aztecs have worshipped at least 1000 different kinds of gods throughout the Aztec Dynasty.
Amimitl was a main god that the Aztecs followed. Amimitl was the god of the lakes and the fishermen. The Aztecs always prayed to this god whenever they ate fish or something that came from the water.
Aztec clothing was made of fine cotton and fibres. The colours on the clothes were always very vibrant and detailed. The clothing designers would twist the fibre and cotton together to create some sort of apparel. Jewellery was an important part to dresses. The more jewellery there was on a woman, the more respect the woman had. Wearing more jewellery represents you are more wealthy. Women
usually wore feathers on
There are different varieties of Aztec art. There are stone plates decorated with green jade and black obsidian, Pictograms outlined with symbols then stained from the vegetable mineral colour. Some artistes use exotic tropical feathers from birds to make beautiful designed headdresses and clothing.
Music was very important to the Aztec culture. Kids from the age of 12 to 15 learned how to play musical instruments, sing and dance. They played music during religious events. Most musical instruments were made of bone or shells. The Aztecs used tortoise shells to make percussion instruments. They also made rattles of clay and put seeds or rocks in the middle of the rattle.
Overall the Aztecs had a similar routine and style compared to the First Nations. We have learned and have now used the things the Aztecs made such as their style of clothing and language.