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Questions related to the people and culture of a period before the Spanish colonization of the Americas in the 15th Century, in the region of Central America extending from the Tropic of Cancer in modern Central Mexico to Costa Rica.

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other non-Aztec cultures in Mesoamerica, performed these practices less than the Aztecs[1]. The Aztec orchestrated this kind of imperialistic ritual (in hopes of advancing the practices of the semi …
answered Nov 7 '12 by New Alexandria
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I wrote a paper related this topic, for peer review. Basically, the general story (maybe "propaganda") of state ritual sacrifice was that those sacrificed were becoming god-like, and so were elevated …
answered Nov 13 '12 by New Alexandria
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In between the warrior on the right, and the serpents in the center, is a small object. I’ve circled it in blue. This is from page 57 of the Codex Borgia. Full scans can be seen here. What is it? …
asked Jun 20 by New Alexandria
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Though interpretation is always imperfect, many would use folios from the Florentine Codex as direct evidence for mushroom use among Aztecs, and probably Mesoamericans broadly. Here is the prime piec …
answered Nov 7 '12 by New Alexandria
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The ritual calendar(s) are quite detailed, with minor differences between cultures. The Maya were no special case in the following list, because the ritual calendar was more-or-less driven by the imp …
answered Nov 7 '12 by New Alexandria
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cultures had the Aztec 'imperial war ceremonies' between them all Some migration from Mesoamerica up to the US Southwest area is documented, with varying degrees of conflict or isolation between these migrant tribes & other locals. …
answered Nov 7 '12 by New Alexandria