The Aztec Religion The bloodiest culture in history.
Tenochtitlan <ul><li>One of the main cultural centers for the Aztec civilization. </li></ul><ul><li>Said to be consecrated...
Tenochtitlan Temple Pyramid
The Gods <ul><li>Huitzilopochtli </li></ul><ul><li>Tezcatlipoca  </li></ul><ul><li>Quetzalcoatl  </li></ul><ul><li>Tlaloc ...
Huitzilopochtli <ul><li>Also called the “Hummingbird Wizard” </li></ul><ul><li>War and Sun God </li></ul><ul><li>Main God ...
Tezcatlipoca <ul><li>Also called “Smoking Mirror” </li></ul><ul><li>God of Night and all  material things. </li></ul>
Quetzalcoatl <ul><li>“ The Plumed Serpent” </li></ul><ul><li>The god of civilization, priesthood and learning. </li></ul>
Tlaloc <ul><li>The Rain God </li></ul><ul><li>Children were drowned as sacrifices to him. </li></ul><ul><li>Main agricultu...
Sacrifice <ul><li>Sacrifice was an important part of the religion. </li></ul><ul><li>Every god was sacrificed to. </li></u...
Skull Rack
Chacmool <ul><li>Ritual statue used to hold blood during sacrifices </li></ul><ul><li>This one was found in Tenochtitlan. ...
Aztec Calendar <ul><li>Each day controlled by two gods. One good one bad. </li></ul><ul><li>Had a ritual year and a solar ...
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  1. 1. The Aztec Religion The bloodiest culture in history.
  2. 2. Tenochtitlan <ul><li>One of the main cultural centers for the Aztec civilization. </li></ul><ul><li>Said to be consecrated by both Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli. </li></ul><ul><li>All religious ceremonies were directed on the main temples. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tenochtitlan Temple Pyramid
  4. 4. The Gods <ul><li>Huitzilopochtli </li></ul><ul><li>Tezcatlipoca </li></ul><ul><li>Quetzalcoatl </li></ul><ul><li>Tlaloc </li></ul><ul><li>There are actually hundreds of gods associated with the Aztecs. These are the most prominent. Also called the Creator gods. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Huitzilopochtli <ul><li>Also called the “Hummingbird Wizard” </li></ul><ul><li>War and Sun God </li></ul><ul><li>Main God of the Aztecs </li></ul><ul><li>Conquered warriors were sacrificed to him yearly. As many as 20,000 a year may have been killed. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tezcatlipoca <ul><li>Also called “Smoking Mirror” </li></ul><ul><li>God of Night and all material things. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Quetzalcoatl <ul><li>“ The Plumed Serpent” </li></ul><ul><li>The god of civilization, priesthood and learning. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tlaloc <ul><li>The Rain God </li></ul><ul><li>Children were drowned as sacrifices to him. </li></ul><ul><li>Main agricultural god. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sacrifice <ul><li>Sacrifice was an important part of the religion. </li></ul><ul><li>Every god was sacrificed to. </li></ul><ul><li>Some only required blood letting. </li></ul><ul><li>Others required human sacrifices of varying numbers. </li></ul><ul><li>Numbers of people sacrificed could get into the thousands and many of those sacrificed were also cooked and eaten once they had been rolled down the steps of the temple. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Skull Rack
  11. 11. Chacmool <ul><li>Ritual statue used to hold blood during sacrifices </li></ul><ul><li>This one was found in Tenochtitlan. </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrifices blood was drained into bowl and then left there. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Aztec Calendar <ul><li>Each day controlled by two gods. One good one bad. </li></ul><ul><li>Had a ritual year and a solar year. </li></ul><ul><li>Ritual year had 260 days </li></ul><ul><li>Solar year had 365 days </li></ul><ul><li>The calendars would synchronize together in 52 year cycles. </li></ul><ul><li>Aztecs believed the world could end every 52 years so they had elaborate ceremonies at the end of each 52 years to mourn the death of the world. </li></ul>

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