Aztec Food, Gods, and Symbols


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This is a presentation I did to discuss the Aztec culture, specifically their food, gods, and symbols. These are things I'm very interested in and I wanted to share them with you all!

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  • Aztec Food, Gods, and Symbols

    2. 2. food Of all the foods the Aztecs ate, the most important part of their cuisine was corn, which they called maize. maize was so important to the Aztecs that it actually played a role in their mythology. The importance of maize to the Aztecs was equal to the importance that rice played to the Asian cultures It should first be noted that maize came in a number of different varieties. These varieties would be based on size, color, and its texture. It would also be eaten in a number of different ways, and these included tamales and tortillas. In addition to maize, there were a number of other foods that played an important role in the Aztec diet.
    3. 3. food Some other important foods were salt, as well as chilies. During fasting, the Aztecs would refrain from eating either one of these things. Beans were also very important to the Aztecs, and also enjoyed eating pigweed as well as chia. When these foods were combined with maize, it would have given the typical Aztec a very healthy diet, which contained all the nutrients they needed. Nixtamalization is the method in which maize would be processed, and the maize would often be cooked in an alkaline substance. When this was done, it greatly enhanced its nutritional value. Aztecs enjoyed turkey, various types of fowl, and they also feasted on iguanas and gophers. Shrimp and fish was an important part of their diet they also enjoyed both insects and their eggs as a part of their Aztec food.
    4. 4. drinks water played an important role among the Aztecs In addition to this, the Aztecs also drunk the fermented juice which comes from the century plant, and they also enjoy drinking pulque. there were a number of alcoholic beverages available which were made from fuits, cacti, and honey. Intoxication was not admired by the Aztecs, and with the exception of seniors, anyone else who became drunk could be subjected to harsh punishments.
    5. 5. drinks the Aztec nobility had strict rules which stopped them from drinking. If they became drunk, the punishment could be as severe as execution. The nobility also didn't drink pulque, as they considered this to be a drink of the common man. They elite instead liked to drink anything which came from cacao.. They would often ad chili peppers to it to give it a bit of flavor. Honey was often used in cacao as well, but the list of herbs that could be used are very numerous.
    6. 6. gods The Aztecs named and worshiped nearly 1000 Aztec gods. Two the most important gods in Aztec religion were Aztec Gods called tēōtl and tēixiptla. Tēōtl represented the so called "Aztec God", the impersonal force, the power behind the world. Tēixiptla was a pysical manifestation of Aztec God. For instance - Tēixiptla would be a statue of the tēōtl.
    7. 7. gods The main god of the Aztecs was Huizilopochtlid. This was the sun and war god - the personification of the sun and of war. Huitzilopochtli was a center of the Aztec religious practices. Aztec God of Huitzilopochtli became the main deity in Aztec religion after the founding of Tenochtitlan in the 14th century. Before Huitzilopochtli was a "only" a hunting deity. We say only because hunting was one of the main Aztec activities.
    8. 8. gods The story goes that Huitzilopochtli directed the Aztec people when they were looking for a place to settle. They founded the city of Tenochtitlan where they would see an eagle devouring a snake. The snake was perched on a cactus. This was a sign. The legend goes that Huitzilopochtli killed his nephew, Cópil, and threw his heart on the lake, then made a cactus grow out of his heart. This was the same cactus that appeared to the Aztec people together with the snake and the eagle and was the site on which Aztecs built their capital city. A picture of this event is also present on the Mexican Coat of Arms.
    9. 9. gods Another important Aztec god was named Tlaloc. Tlaloc was the god of rain. Especially farmers were very careful to praise this god so that could grow good crops and not experience drought.
    10. 10. symbols The principal god of maize was Cinteotl. Originally, it was a goddess that represented maize rather than a god, but this was changed over time. The male version was named Chicomecoatl.
    11. 11. symbols The Earth is an important symbol to the Aztecs In Aztec mythology, the Earth is divided in three parts, the surface, where humans live, the underworld, which was the domain of the dead, and the sky. According to Aztec mythology, humans could only dwell in either the surface world or underworld, while the sky was reserved for the gods.