Aztec and Mayan Religious Practices

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Aztec and Mayan Religious Practices Thesis Statement: Aztec and Mayan religious practices were unique and sometimes barbaric. From daily rituals to elaborate ceremonies dedicated to the worship of deities the Aztec and Maya were ensconced in their religion. I. Religion of the Aztecs A. Deities that were Worshiped B. Structures Built towards Devotion C. Calendar Based on Worship D. Distinctive Ceremonies II. Religion of the Maya A. Deities that were Worshiped B. Distinctive Religious Practices III. Religions effect on Aztec and Mayan Society A. Similarities and Differences between the two societies B. Downfall of Aztec society Central America is a continent rich in culture as well as history. Inhabitants of Central America are comprised of a mixture of Indian and Spanish decent. The best known of the Central American Indians is the Aztec and Maya. The society of the Aztec and Maya held religion to the utmost highest priority. Aztec and Mayan religious practices were unique and sometimes barbaric. From daily rituals to elaborate ceremonies dedicated to the worship of deities the Aztec and Maya were ensconced in their religion. Aztec and Mayan religious zeal indirectly contributed to their demise. Continue...


Blood happened to be the "mortar of Maya life, and offerings to the gods were made to better their standings with the gods. Regardless of the names he was a principal god in Aztec and Mayan religion. Inside these pyramids were elaborate temples which served as a pilgrimage site for followers. It was in these pyramids and temples where most of the sacrifices took place. As was said before many aspects of Aztec society was based on war in order to appease the gods. The largest pyramid was called the pyramid of the sun. Aztecs favored the god of war Huitzilopochtli though. Xipe was another adopted god worshipped then that is still worshipped by Central Americans today (Spinden ). In one account of a sacrifice by heart extraction the body was thrown down the steps, torn to pieces, then roasted in ovens and eaten as a delicacy (Conrad and Demarest 29). One of the most amazing aspects of Aztec society was the calendar. Male nobles drew blood from the penis, ear, or tongue; women drew blood from the tongue; blood was drawn from the ears; fingernails, and mouths of war captives before they were sacrificed (Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia 1995). He was supposedly at the mercy of the evil gods when the friendly gods weren't present. These five days were considered to be extremely unlucky (Hewett 237). At the end of every month there was a feast. The man who was chosen to be sacrificed was sometimes an enemy warrior.

PROFESSIONAL ESSAYS:

The Gods of the Aztec, Mayan and Inca Empires
The Gods of the Aztec, Mayan and Inca Empires. century AD, borrowed many of their religious ideas from The Aztec Indians were therefore fearful of the anger of (2571 10 )

The Mayan The Mayan
Hernan Cortez led the destruction of the Aztec civilization in Central colonial ideas which would eventually replace the Mayan's religious practices and with (2785 11 )

Mayan Empire
conflated with the history of the Aztec Empire, which one aspect of the flowering of Mayan imperial influence rituals were linked to elaborate religious doctrine (1613 6 )

Mexican Culture, Art & Literary Artists
new Spanish overlords if whitewashed with a patina of religious significance (Chavez 19 for the Mexican people a synthesis of Mayan and Aztec approaches to (3813 15 )

Entry into the New World by Europeans & Africans
about 500 years ago, specifically, the Aztec and Inca The derivative words in Mayan dialects, Zapotec, and Nahuatl of what he supposes the religious beliefs and (10683 43 )

Hernan Cortes - Conquistador or Coward?
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