In this ethno profile we will be taking a look at the Aztec people of Central America. I will be taking a look at their physical environment and the size of their great empire. We also focus on their beliefs of their origin, their adopted homeland, a look at a birth to school to marriage to death; and the ritual that go along with each. I explain their political organization and their religion and technology and skills feats these people have accomplished. At the end I will be contrast between our way of living and theirs and what caused these great peoples to their demise.
The Capitol City and the Origins of the Aztec.
The Aztec lived in Central America, to be more specific the Valley of Mexico. Their capitol Tenochtitlan at the height of their civilization in 1519 A.D. had a population of 200,000 people, which was the largest city in the world at that time. Today the city is called Mexico City. Now that I have identified their capitol city let me tell you about the founders and the way they constructed it. .
The Aztec believed to be born from the seven caves that were located somewhere farther north. When to Aztec left their caves and began a 200year odyssey in search of a promise land. Huitzilopochtli, the sun god to them was an idol that they carried around and this idol was supposed to be from the caves as well. The Aztec believed that their idol god communicated with them through the median of the priest. When the idol god talked the Aztec obeyed. On the search for their promised land the idol told them to look for an eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in it grip. That would be the spot of their homeland, but it so happened that it was on a small island in Lake Texcoco. Now the way they made the island big enough to support 200,000 people was really an ingenious method. They would first pound in stakes and then use reeds to weak the walls together and then they would haul in dirt and rocks.