Ancient America's cultures

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Ancient America's cultures

"Must See" places*Machu Picchu*Temple of the Incscriptions*Pyramid temple at Chichen-Itza, Mexico.

Ancient America's cultures.

The Mayas worshiped the gods of nature every single day. Worshiping their gods was a huge part of their daily life. Some of their gods included the God of rain, lady rainbow, the God of maize (corn), and of course, the God of sun. The Mayas believed that without the help of these important gods, there would be no crops and everyone would starve. The Mayas believed in an afterlife. Commoners buried their dead inside their homes, under the floor. That way, they could live with their ancestors and keep their ancestors easily posted on their daily life. The Mayas believed they would be compensated if they did this. If they had a rough time or a rough life, this would be made up to them in their afterlife. Nobles were buried in tombs.

Aztec stone caledar!

Machu Picchu

Temple of the Inscriptions

The Inca believed in reincarnation. Death was a passage to the next world that was full of difficulties. The spirit of the dead, camaquen. would need to follow a long dark road and during the trip the assistance of a black dog that was able to see in the dark was required. Most Incas imagined the after world to be very similar to the Euro-American notion of heaven, with flower-covered fields and snow-capped mountains. It was important for the Inca to ensure they did not die as a result of burning or that the body of the deceased did not become incinerated.

Traditional Inca poncho

Each region uses different colors and patterns that have special meaning, so each poncho shows the regional identity of the wearer. Colors and patterns also represent Inca beliefs and myths. Emperors and nobles wore the brightest ponchos with the most complex patterns as a sign of wealth and status.

Aztecs believed in their Gods, and every art work is depicting this belief. They made things to worship them, to gain their favor. Ancient Aztec religion was a complex interaction of gods, dates, directions and colours. It seems that most of the preoccupation in the religion had to do with fear of the nature, and a fear of the end of the world. Aztec calendar shows the Aztec concept of the history of the world and the origin of the sun. The Aztecs believed that the world was created four times, and that each creation was destroyed: first by jaguars, then wind, then fire, and then rain. The Aztecs thought that they lived during the fifth creation of the world.


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