The aztec people were ethnic groups of central mexico, speaking the nahuatl language and dominated large parts of mesoamerica from the 14th to 16th centuries and especially the valley of mexico which was the heart of aztec civilization. It was the aztec name for the people who once lived in this area, and extracted latex from rubber trees europeans mistakenly assigned the name to ancient ruins that they found there, not realizing that those ruins pre-dated the aztec and all other civilizations in the americas. The aztecs called themselves mexica and combined different people groups enemies drove the aztecs to an island on lake texcoco, in 1325, where they founded tenochtitlán the aztecs looked to the toltecs and teotihuacán for examples of culture and nobility. Aztec history claims that ahuitzotl (1468-1502), the ruler before mocteuzma ii, sacrificed 20,000 people after a battle in oaxaca (o-a-sha-ka) large or small, the sacrifice was always handled the same way. Aztec culture was a rich combination of the cultures of the peoples that made up the aztec empire, including the mexicas hundreds, even thousands of years of tradition influenced the way people lived in the society.
The legend says the aztecs came from aztlan, which is the place of their origin, but this legendary homeland still remains identified in nahuatl language, the aztecs -means the people who came from aztlan and they really believed they once resided in this mythological or semi-mythological place. By 1125 ad, aztec ruins was reoccupied by a culture that resembled that of the people of mesa verde, colorado these people remodeled and enlarged the ruins and occupied the area until they, too, abandoned the complex in the late 13th century. The work thus undertaken occupied some seven years, in collaboration with the best native authorities, and was expanded into a history and description of the aztec people and civilization in twelve manuscript books, together with a grammar (arte) and dictionary of the language. The nahuatl language is just part of our heritage it is more important to know your history and to defend your people's honor, by supporting or being part of the liberation warrior work of the mexica movement.
Nahuatl play is the language that was spoken by the majority of the inhabitants of central mexico at the time of the spanish conquest it is still spoken today by more than a million nahua people it was the language of the powerful aztecs, whose culture dominated the region for centuries because. The ethnonym aztec (nahuatl aztecah) means people from aztlan, aztlan being a mythical place of origin toward the north hence the term applied to all those peoples who claimed to carry the heritage from this mythical place. The word teotihuacán is a nahuatl (the language spoken by the aztecs) word meaning the birthplace of the gods we don't know its real name, but the aztecs gave this name to the city because it was a sacred place associated with the legendary origins of the world.
The aztec people come to life for students, teachers, and interested readers through the exploration of the ceremonial character of their social and symbolic imagination. In particular, the seri people along the northern mainland coast of the gulf of california and a mayan people known as the lacandon, near the guatemalan border, are as genetically different from one another as europeans are from chinese. Written by alfonso caso, who directed the findings at monte alban and was the former director of archeology in the national museum of mexico, the man knows his history the aztecs and all their rituals , including the gods and calendar are explained in easy to read language. The origin of people part of the mesoamerican myth of the creation of the fifth sun (world era) in which we live today, here is the story of the origin of people, based on one (the leyenda de los soles) of the different colonial versions written down after the conquest.
The history of the aztecs the valley of mexico is part of the central highlands and lies at an altitude of about a mile and a half at the low point of the valley there is a large lake that made human life sustainable in the generally dry country. Cortés returned and obliged montezuma to face the crowd, but the aztec leader was struck by a stone and died the spanish were driven out of the city, incurring heavy losses. The aztecs are a tribe, according to their own legends, from aztlan somewhere in the north of modern mexico from this place, which they leave in about the 12th century ad, there derives the name aztecs by which they are known to western historians their own name for themselves is the mexica, which. Aztec history the aztecs indians were a mesoamerican people that lived in the area of central mexico in the 14th, 15th and 16th century the aztec history is one of the most famous, enigmatic and tragic histories in the world. Aztec culture is the culture of the people referred to as aztecs, but since all ethnic groups of central mexico in the postclassic period shared most basic cultural traits, many of the basic traits of aztec culture can not said to be exclusive for the aztecs.
For most people today, and for the european catholics who first met the aztecs, human sacrifice was the most striking feature of aztec civilization while human sacrifice was practiced throughout mesoamerica, the aztecs, if their own accounts are to be believed, brought this practice to an unprecedented level. In any case, whatever the actual legacy of the people of tollan, for the aztecs it was the toltecs and no other that they sought to claim descent from, and the magnitude of their reverence and respect is evidenced in the aztec expression toltecayotl or 'to have a toltec heart' which meant to be worthy and to excel in all things. The origins of the aztec empire are part legend, part archaeological and historical fact when the spanish conquistador hernán cortés arrived in basin of mexico in 1517, he found that the aztec. The aztec rewrote history to link the aztec to the toltec and to show that the aztec were the heirs, the direct descendents, of the toltec nobility the next aztec emperor, motechuhzoma ilhuicamina ruled from 1440-1469.
The god also gave these people their name, the mexica, who along with other ethnic groups, who similarly spoke nahuatl, collectively made up the peoples now generally known as the aztecs the aztec pantheon included a mix of older mesoamerian gods and specifically mexica deities. With the aztecs perhaps being one of the most interesting groups of people i have had the opportunity to learn about several years ago i was able to travel to some of the remains of ancient aztec civilizations and learn more about their culture and way of life. The aztec wandered around mexico for about 200 years before they settled down in the valley of mexico other tribes were living in the area rather than start a war for a place to live, the aztecs settled down in the swampy land around lake texcoco.