But during the earlier years, the Aztec became one of the most advanced civilizations because of their religion, war, and agriculture. In the Aztec religion, they performed human sacrifices for the gods daily. Sacrifice was one of the main events in the Aztec religion. They believed that the people being sacrificed, were their messengers to the gods. In basic ceremonies, slaves or victims of war were used to sacrifice.
The Aztec were very religious and obeyed their gods at all times. Life in Latin America prior to European contact insinuated duality because they engineered buildings, had a strong understanding of astronomy, yet had limited technology, and practiced human sacrifice and blood-letting. They had a challenging life filled with violence but were advanced people at the same time. The indigenous people were very advanced in engineering and constructing buildings. According to The Inca: The Great Inca Rebellion by PBS Nova, they used lime plaster for walls and floors and soil, wood, adobe bricks made from water, sand, clay, and material such as straw for construction.
Tlaloc was the god of new life and birth. The Aztecs held strong beliefs regarding human sacrifice. They felt that it was the best way that they could please their gods particularly their sun god- Huitzilopochtli. One thing that the Aztecs are well known for is the magnificent pyramids that they built ...
The Aztec’s and the Inca’s have many similarities such as religious beliefs, and views about gods. Inca’s views about training for war are different, and the Aztec’s artifacts are somewhat different to. The farm land compared to the Inca’s is differs also, because where the Aztec’s lived the land was elevated about ten thousand feet. The religious beliefs of the Aztec’s was bloody they believed they had to make many sacrifices to appease the gods. The sacrifices were an important aspect of the Aztec religion.
He had special priestly duties in different rituals on the state level. Huitzilopochtli being the state religion required every single person of society to be practiced and revered. As Eduardo F. Elias and Robert Pring-Mill point out: “The presence of past indigenous cultures servers as a subtext to denounce the oppressive and unjust situation of contemporary Latin America.” The analysis of two Mesoamerican religions and study of their impact of societies illustrates that like many polytheistic religion the effect of causality is quite dominant. It will be therefore a great false statement call Aztecs and Incas barbarian people. Their religion shows that the phenomena of naturalist supernaturalism which was quite dominant in European.
Ancient Mesopotamia Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates was home to the ancient civilizations of Sumer, Babylon, and Akkad. The Mesopotamian people were predominantly of polytheistic faith; the social construct of gods allowed them to develop meaning and order in their lives. Every aspect of life was dominated by the belief that submitting to the worship of gods would shield them from divine wrath. Cities were endowed with patron gods that were guardians and the duty of the ruler was to act upon their behalf. Ziggurats were built to honor the holiness of the gods and to appease them in hopes of attaining their blessings.
Thus, the art and architecture of Ancient Egypt stemmed directly from their religion. Egyptian theology, with its deified pharaohs and strange animal-headed gods, was complicated, but the most important belief was that survival after death depended upon the preservation of the body. This belief would influence the architectural design of the tomb, where the corpse was ultimately sealed (Silverman:142, 1997). Immortality was only for privileged royal and priestly beings (Stierlin:54, 1983).This implies that their tombs would be somewhat prestigious and not just and ordinary burial site. At the day of resurrection the Ka or soul would re-enter the dead body; this meant that it must be there, intact, ready for that moment.
Aztec Mythology: Origin Story and Major Gods The ancient Aztecs had many gods that were associated with lots of different things that were important to their culture and their survival. They also held lots of ceremonies to celebrate and appease the gods, who were temperamental. If you displeased the gods they would make you suffer. Alot of their ceremonies involved sacrifice, they were a gory civilization. A few of their more major gods were: Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca, Xipe Totec, Ometecuhtli/Omecihuatl, and a few more minor gods like Tlaloc.
Two of the biggest and greatest civilization in the Americas were the Aztecs and Incas. These two civilization were both said to be conquered by the Spanish, but it wasn’t just the Spanish who conquered them. These two civilizations both fell from a combination of a weak government, lack of technology, new disease introduced by the invaders, and not being prepared for the invaders. For many centuries the Aztec civilization revolved around a ideological, social, and political system in which expansion was the cornerstone. Expansion was the cornerstone of their whole civilization, because their religion requested that a large number of human sacrifices where to be made to the gods.
The Aztecs, as conquerors, expanded their power, influence and territory by subjugating a myriad of local and tribal cultures. Ignoring the obvious violence and death, the Aztecs imposed their culture and values on the conquered peoples. The cultural practices of the Aztecs which focused upon fertility, agriculture, ancient games, war, and social and political power, led to the perversion and distortion of the Aztec’s initial religious ambition by virtue of their increased usage of human sacrifice. Their original spiritual worship involved minimal human sacrifice to appease their various gods of the cosmic structure; however, eventually, human sacrifice was required in virtually every aspect of their lives. I would argue that this perversion, in form of extensive human sacrifice, was used solely for political purposes to instill fear and had nothing to with religious worship.