"Mesoamerica" Essays and Research Papers

1 - 10 of 484


For centuries, historians have pored over written and archaeological records of pre-Conquest Mesoamerica trying to form a coherent historical narrative of the region before the Europeans arrived. However, many historians have used documents and archaeological interdependently, instead of independently. This methodological failure has resulted in revisionist history and the contortion of dates and stories in a flawed attempt to make a narrative functional and linear. Stories turned into myths, which...

Premium Mexico, Aztec, Mesoamerica 1039  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

Role of caste system in Mesoamerica and medieval Europe comparative essay

religious leaders second to the top. The Catholic church ruled over Europe during the middle ages. People from any estate could choose to devote themselves to priesthood, putting them in the first estate. Priests were in the second class in Mesoamerica. They advised the kings and nobles, who had power over them. The temples that were built can be seen as reminders of the power of the religious leaders and religion itself. Human sacrifice played a part in some cultures near the Andes, and military...

Premium Pope, Mesoamerica, Bishop 607  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Pre-Columbian Cultures of Mesoamerica and the Mayan World Trees

World Trees World trees are a prevalent element occurring in the astrologies, creation accounts and iconographies of the pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica. Mayan world trees embodied the four cardinal directions, which also serve to represent the four-fold nature of a central world tree, “A sort of axis mundi which connects the planes of the Underworld and the sky, with that of the terrestrial realm” (Parker, Maya Cosmos). Often, world trees were represented by the king, who was said to have...

Free Maya script, Mayan languages, Maya maize god 1317  Words | 6  Pages

Open Document

Assessment on Maya Civilization

cultures in North America, Mesoamerica, or South America. - Tikal’s connection to the development of Native American culture in Mesoamerica is there religion. The people believed in many gods just as the Native Americans did. They also did dances and other things to please the gods to get them great weather or prosperity. That is what the Native Americans got from the city of Tikal. - Glyphs were hieroglyphic symbols its connection to the Native Americans in Mesoamerica is that is the form of writing...

Free Maya peoples, Mesoamerica, Maya civilization 785  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Temple of the Sun Article Analysis

has also helped mirror how the country itself has changed and developed over the years. The Pyramid of the Sun is one of the tallest structures in the Americas. Teotihuacan was one of the world’s biggest cities and it had an enormous impact for Mesoamerica for at least four centuries. Then somewhere around A.D this city-state collapsed in a violent end. The Aztec or Mexica gave the site the name Teotihuacan: Place Where Men Become Gods. Between 1810 and 1821, Mexico went through a war of independence...

Premium Maya civilization, Mesoamerica, Sun 654  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document


humans played for life or death; it was all about survival of the fittest. One area that had their community involved with sports was Mesoamerica. Mesoamerica is a region that extends from the desert region of northern Mexico, southward to include Belize, Guatemala, as well as western Honduras and El Salvador. Ulama was a popular sport that was played in Mesoamerica, and even in modern time it is played In Mexico, (Mechikoff, p.39). From reading about this ball game, I learned about how the game was...

Premium Sacrifice, Ball game, Mesoamerica 1226  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

Maya and Aztec

pushing their way down to Central America, and farther down into South America until they occupied both continents in varying degrees of population density (The Aztecs: People of the Sun). By 2000 B.C., sedentary villages were common throughout Mesoamerica, dispersed in small communities across highly diverse agricultural environments in both lowlands and highlands. The very diversity of the Mesoamerican environment with its widely distributed food resources and raw materials made everyone dependent...

Free Americas, Mesoamerican chronology, Mexico City 657  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Chapter 12 - Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas

Name: John Kindley | Class: GH AP Y (Even) | Date: November 3rd, 2012 | Chapter 12, Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas, 200 - 1500 | Pages 306 - 331 | | Classic-Era Culture and Society in Mesoamerica, 200 - 900: | | * Remarkable civilization created | | * Different language + politics, but unified by material culture, religious beliefs + practices, and social structure | Classic Period | * Classic period (built upon Olmec and other civilizations) | | * Social...

Free Inca Empire, Lake Texcoco, Mexico City 989  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

aztec agriculture

growing a few stalks of maize.  The remarkable farming practices of the peoples in central Mexico has been studied and admired ever since. Prior to the Spanish conquest of Mexico, Aztec society ruled the central Mexico, built on the foundations of Mesoamerica.  Aztec society was highly structured and complex, and the political emphasis was working as a larger unit with smaller parts that worked together. Religion played an important part in agricultural life, such as the worship of the corn goddess...

Free Mesoamerica, Lake Texcoco, Mexico City 867  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

The Rise of Teotihuacán

regular grid pattern of streets and buildings. Clearly, much planning and central control were involved in the expansion and ordering of this great metropolis. Moreover, the city had economic and perhaps religious contacts with most parts of Mesoamerica (modern Central America and Mexico). 2 How did this tremendous development take place, and why did it happen in the Teotihuacán Valley? Among the main factors are Teotihuacán’s geographic location on a natural trade route to the south and east...

Free Mexico, Mexico City, Tenochtitlan 695  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free