The Aztecs were noted for their impressive architecture, majestic sculpture, luxurious clothing, and fine goldworking--but they also practiced human sacrifice. The seemingly contradictory aspects of this fascinating culture are examined here, from its primitive beginnings through its apex as a powerful, glorious empire and its collapse with the period of Spanish rule. 196 illustrations, 150 in full color; 1 map.
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TULA THE MYTHICAL BEGINNING
THE EMPIRE BUILDERS
THE AZTECS CONQUERING HEROES
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16th century Ahuitzotl Alliance's ancient Mexicans Anonymous arrival Axayacatl Azcapotzalco Aztec empire became blood brigantines called cave ceremonies Chalca Christianity clothing Codex Florentino Codex Lienzo colors conquistadors Cuauhtemoc culture depicted Diego Duran divinatory calendar divine DOCUMENTS domination Drawing in Codex Drawing in Diego eagle earth Engraving feathers fire gods gold heart Hernan Cortes Hernan Cortes Letters Huitzilopochtli human sacrifice Ibid idols Indians indigenous Juan killed Lake Texcoco land Le6n-Portilla lived lords of Tlaxcala Madrid maize Mexico City Mictlantecuhtli migration Moctezuma Moctezuma II Museo de America Nacional native necklace Nezahualpilli nobility nobles offered paid tribute Painting perished pictographs population priests prisoner provinces pueblo Quetzalcoatl rain reign rich ritual ruler of Texcoco sacrificed society sorcerers Spain Spaniards Tacuba temple Tenochtitlan Tepanec Tezcatlipoca things Tlatelolco Tlaxcala Toltec took town Triple Alliance Tula Valley of Mexico victims warriors