Aztec Culture: Origin of Civilization

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College Composition Dr. Kassorla Standard WISE English

Origin Stories Draft

In the ancient Actez Culture “The Origin Story” of "Coatlique"[1], translated in English tongue as the Lady of the Skirt of Snakes is told. She was a powerful woman with immortal abilities. She was the creator, giving birth to the moon and stars. Her physical description described her begin adorned with skulls and snakes. Another Actez origin story “Earth Goddess” tells of the earth goddess and how her embodiment such as her skin, mouth, and shoulders fabricated the grass, caves, valleys, and mountains. As I read both origin stories they both divulge the aspects of the Actez culture. I then noticed the interrelation between the origin stories and the influence of geography feature and climate.

The Actez civilization was located in today’s central Mexico. They lived in the highlands of the Valley of Mexico in an area of a hollow surface, wholly surrounded by higher land separated by corroded volcanic peaks and mountain. The regions climate has an average temperature of around 53 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to these lower temperatures there was a one-crop growing season. The rainy season of the Aztecs lasted from May through October. Although rainfall was abundant throughout the valley, the rain was often seldom and couldn’t be entrust for the watering of the Aztec's crops. This made the worship of Tlaloc[2] the rain god so sacred. Tlaloc was fundamental to the Aztec religion, as a god of rain, fertility, and water which were all necessities for the Aztecs crops and prosperity. To keep this god please Actez did many human sacrificial rituals. This is a clear example of how the Aztec civilization climate shaped their religion and beliefs.

Among the wild animals of the Aztec civilization are rabbits, coyotes, deer, and snakes. Snakes where the most revered animals in the...
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