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religious leaders second to the top. The Catholic church ruled over Europe during the middle ages. People from any estate could choose to devote themselves to priesthood, putting them in the first estate. Priests were in the second class in Mesoamerica. They advised the kings and nobles, who had power over them. The temples that were built can be seen as reminders of the power of the religious leaders and religion itself. Human sacrifice played a part in some cultures near the Andes, and military...

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Pre-Columbian Cultures of Mesoamerica and the Mayan World Trees

World Trees World trees are a prevalent element occurring in the astrologies, creation accounts and iconographies of the pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica. Mayan world trees embodied the four cardinal directions, which also serve to represent the four-fold nature of a central world tree, “A sort of axis mundi which connects the planes of the Underworld and the sky, with that of the terrestrial realm” (Parker, Maya Cosmos). Often, world trees were represented by the king, who was said to have...

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Assessment on Maya Civilization

cultures in North America, Mesoamerica, or South America. - Tikal’s connection to the development of Native American culture in Mesoamerica is there religion. The people believed in many gods just as the Native Americans did. They also did dances and other things to please the gods to get them great weather or prosperity. That is what the Native Americans got from the city of Tikal. - Glyphs were hieroglyphic symbols its connection to the Native Americans in Mesoamerica is that is the form of writing...

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Temple of the Sun Article Analysis

has also helped mirror how the country itself has changed and developed over the years. The Pyramid of the Sun is one of the tallest structures in the Americas. Teotihuacan was one of the world’s biggest cities and it had an enormous impact for Mesoamerica for at least four centuries. Then somewhere around A.D this city-state collapsed in a violent end. The Aztec or Mexica gave the site the name Teotihuacan: Place Where Men Become Gods. Between 1810 and 1821, Mexico went through a war of independence...

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Ap World History Notes

dissemination of agricultural technology spread by Austronesian seafarers who traded and settled throughout the Pacific • Formed a well-integrated society known as Lapita that stretched from New Guinea to Tonga 1. Early Societies of Mesoamerica A. The Olmecs 1) Migration to Mesoamerica a. Large wave of humans traveled from Siberia to Alaska around 13,000 B.C.E. b. By 9500 B.C.E., humans reached the southernmost part of South America c. As hunting became difficult, agriculture began (7500 B.C.E.) 2) Early...

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humans played for life or death; it was all about survival of the fittest. One area that had their community involved with sports was Mesoamerica. Mesoamerica is a region that extends from the desert region of northern Mexico, southward to include Belize, Guatemala, as well as western Honduras and El Salvador. Ulama was a popular sport that was played in Mesoamerica, and even in modern time it is played In Mexico, (Mechikoff, p.39). From reading about this ball game, I learned about how the game was...

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aztec agriculture

growing a few stalks of maize.  The remarkable farming practices of the peoples in central Mexico has been studied and admired ever since. Prior to the Spanish conquest of Mexico, Aztec society ruled the central Mexico, built on the foundations of Mesoamerica.  Aztec society was highly structured and complex, and the political emphasis was working as a larger unit with smaller parts that worked together. Religion played an important part in agricultural life, such as the worship of the corn goddess...

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The Rise of Teotihuacán

regular grid pattern of streets and buildings. Clearly, much planning and central control were involved in the expansion and ordering of this great metropolis. Moreover, the city had economic and perhaps religious contacts with most parts of Mesoamerica (modern Central America and Mexico). 2 How did this tremendous development take place, and why did it happen in the Teotihuacán Valley? Among the main factors are Teotihuacán’s geographic location on a natural trade route to the south and east...

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Chapter 12 - Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas

Name: John Kindley | Class: GH AP Y (Even) | Date: November 3rd, 2012 | Chapter 12, Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas, 200 - 1500 | Pages 306 - 331 | | Classic-Era Culture and Society in Mesoamerica, 200 - 900: | | * Remarkable civilization created | | * Different language + politics, but unified by material culture, religious beliefs + practices, and social structure | Classic Period | * Classic period (built upon Olmec and other civilizations) | | * Social...

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The Olmecs

lasts about the same number of days, some writers have suggested that the Olmecs might have associated the calendar with fertility (Fagan 120). Many archaeologists also believe that the Olmecs were the first to use hieroglyphic writing within Mesoamerica. (In hieroglyphic writing, a picture represents a word, syllable, or sound.) Evidence for this includes an Olmec sculpture carved with the figure of a man who seems to be walking. Behind him is a carving of a human foot, which experts believe...

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