9.) The major differences between the Maya and Toltec civilizations were the Mayas fought wars with religious meaning while the Toltec fought wars to gain land. Also, the Mayas did not have had a distinct ruler but each powerful city governed itself while the Toltec had two chieftains or kings. 10.) The Aztecs transformed their political organization by introducing a monarchial system similar to that found in more powerful neighboring states.
The Aztec people showed no mercy when conquering other natives. How is religion expressed in both Mayan and Aztec culture? Both cultures believed that sacrifice was the proper way to show respect to their gods. Although in the Mayan culture, the sacrificing rituals weren’t as extreme as they were in the Aztec civilization. In the Mayan culture the bloodletting of their village members and the killing of animals were popular forms of sacrifice.
It is surprising that the Aztecs ruled a less amount of time than the Incas because the Aztecs were the ones with the wealth and influence. Another difference between these two empires is their political structure. Even though they were both centralized governments, they still differed in many ways. Both societies started out in clan-based systems, but changed over time. The Aztecs formed into an aristocracy with a supreme ruler.
The nature and traditional spirits were worshiped by the West Africans. The West Africans also had beliefs in a superior God and an admired God. “Some West Africans practiced the Islam religion and voodoo in secret, but unlike the world in which we live now, the Native Americans and the West Africans were at times forced to convert to Christianity or suffer punishment as severe as death” (Eyewitness to History, 1999). The relationship between the Native Americans and the white settlers did start of good, but the English became selfish and only wanted additional tobacco farms. The white settlers were the worst at farming, so the natives became the first resort of survival.
Aztecs and Mayans are two of specific extended family that lived in America, mainly Mexico. Both of them have a strong religion belief in their live; there is belief that influences them mostly. It is belief of gods. The Aztecs worshipped about 1.000 gods, but they worshipped sun god the most. Different from Aztecs, Mayans worshipped everything in nature and tried to explain how things happened because of the Gods.
When the couple moved in together, the surrounding people helped the couple to build a house and till their land until they could support themselves. One of the similarities between the Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas is that they all worshipped many gods. For example they all worship the sun and nature. On the other hand, there were differences and their religious structure. The Aztecs fed their gods with human blood, the Mayas believed in the after life, and the Incas believed that their ruler was a direct descendant of
This belief in four major gods supported the Aztec mythology. The Aztec culture was just like the world today in many ways. They lived in now what is Mexico and their temples are still there. Historians have found that in Mexico the people still eat the same foods as the Aztecs did, like maize, which is a type of corn that is mashed up.
Even though both cultures were from the Americas, the Aztecs were located in Central America and the Incas in South America. Both cultures also had very different writing systems and alphabets. The last major difference was that the Aztecs had a more advanced system of trading which was called the treque, while the Incas were isolated from society. In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities that both empires had. What the Incas and the Aztecs had in common was that they were both agriculture based.
Europeans considered them as being “uncivilized”, but I believe they were always civilized. Some tribes waged war more than others, but some Europeans were very warlike as well; some tribes were very vicious in war but that also applies for the Europeans also. Most tribes fought for their land when they were invaded by the Europeans, but so would the English, Spanish and French fight for their land if they would be invaded by a different nation. Besides the war they started with the natives in order to conquer their land, they also brought a new,unheard or unseen major problem with them: smallpox. Many European trade sellers were known for purposely selling infected blankets By the simple fact that they fought to defend their territory, Europeans look at natives like they were savages, uncivilized and cruel, but they forget that they are the ones who are causing all of this.
Professor Johnson N. American Religious Traditions 13 September 2007 Native American Culture Throughout the history of America, Native Americans and their involvement in the expansion of the western hemisphere have been represented in widely contrasting lights. Most of the time these natives have been misrepresented as instigating much of the war and fighting that occurred between the Native American culture and the foreigners attempting to settle in the land. Lately this false image has been corrected through movies like Smoke Signals and accurate authors writing about Native American culture such as Sam Gill, Joel Martin, and Robert Berkhoffer. The movie Smoke Signals gives explicit examples of issues discussed in many of Sam Gill’s, Joel Martin’s, and Robert Berkhoffer’s literature concerning Native Americans such as the significance of storytelling in the Native American culture, stereotyping, and the Native American sense of self and identity. Gill explains that story telling plays a significant role in Native American culture by stressing ideas of moral standards and wise choices as well as romanticizing people and events to make their significance emotionally real, which is impossible for writing to attain.