Taking a trip to the Teotihuacan ruins is exciting as it reveals interesting details about the Aztec culture and how they used to live. Whether you’re planning a trip to the ruins in Mexico or simply want to find out more about the Aztec people, here are some of the most interesting facts about the culture.
The Name Aztec
Interestingly, the name “Aztec” was actually brought in by Europeans and wasn’t the original name for the culture. Since they originated in Mexico, they referred to themselves as the “Mexica”.
On your trip to the Teotihuacan, you’re sure to learn that the Mexica used to bury the dead. Instead, of specific grounds as we have today, these graves used to be located below the house of the deceased. Furthermore, if the deceased has a dog, the other members of the Mexica would kill the dog and busy them together. It’s believed that the dog would guide its owner in the afterlife.
The Mexica used to sell either themselves or their children into slavery in efforts to settle their debts. However, slaves had the opportunity to gain back their freedom but had to work for it and meet the requirements.
Many wonder why the Aztecs decided on Mexico so many years ago, but when we look at Aztec legend, we discover that the people saw an eagle eating a snake and indicating that the spot should be where their homes are. This vision was given to the Aztecs way back in 1323 and has now turned into the Teotihuacan.
The Aztec people were the first to make school attendance mandatory for all children. Even those who were sold into slavery were required to attend school. The schools told the boys about the Aztec history, the culture, war, word skills, region and more while girls were most taught about marriage and their requirements as partners.
The Aztec culture worked with two calendars to provide them with both time and special events within the culture. One of these calendars represented time, allowing them to keep track the days while the other was purely created to inform everyone.
As with Greek and Roman mythology, the Aztec culture also has various gods. These might not be as well-known known as the other godly cultures but includes interesting facts that reveal more details about the culture and their believes. There were gods for just about each aspect of the culture, including:
• Chantico – The goddess of health
• Tloque Nahuaque – The god of everyone and everything
• Chicomecoatl – The maize goddess
• Tezcatlipoca – The god of magic, war and death
• Chalchiuhtlicue – Goddess of streams and lakes
• Quetzalcoatl – The god of knowledge, priesthood, wind and creation
• Coatlicue – The life’s pain goddess
• Mictlantecuhtl – The god of the dead
• Huehuetectim – The god of fire
• Huitzilopochtli – The god of the sun, the nation and war