When the Aztecs stumbled upon the ruins of a great city in the Valley of Mexico around 1300 or 1400 AD, they were awed. Even its ruined state, abandoned and partially burned, it must have been a spectacular sight. This was certainly reflected in its name—it was christened Teotihuacan (TAY-OH-TI-WAH-CAHN), usually translated as “birthplace of the gods” (though some believe it may have been “place of those who have the road of the gods” or “city of the sun”). Today, its original name is lost, as is the language it would have appeared in. Who created “Teotihuacan” and why was their “birthplace of the gods” abandoned?
The first human settlement at the future site of Teotihuacan was around 600 BCE. By 300 BCE, larger settlements were forming, with Teotihuacan growing explosively. Soon, it was the largest urban settlement in Mesoamerica—no other Mesoamerican civilization would eclipse its size at its peak until the Aztecs 1000 years later. This peak was in 450 CE; at this time, its population might have exceeded 250,000, covering over 11½ square miles and home to over 90% of the Basin of Mexico’s population.
The amount of Teotihuacan’s cultural influence and how they wielded it is debated, though it was undoubtedly extensive. Architecture throughout Mesoamerica, for instance, bears similarities to Teotihuacan, though some believe these styles may have predated Teotihuacan. Most believe that, at least indirectly, Teotihuacan exerted huge amounts of power over the surrounding, smaller civilizations, and likely commanded a vast network of trade routes and outposts. Why, then, do we know so little about it? And what was Teotihuacan’s society like?
Structure & Inhabitants:
I’m going to briefly touch on Teotihuacan as a place first, because it’s necessary to understand its potential causes of collapse. It was a multicultural city, divided by ethnic groups and further divided by class, of which three are evident: high elites, intermediate elites, and the laboring class (This will be important later). Interestingly, for such a large and powerful city, Teotihuacan shows no evidence of fortifications and military structures.
But Teotihuacan is no less impressive for this; the city itself was a masterpiece of urban planning. Every street and north-south wall aligned at 15 degrees and each major pyramid was positioned to match the stages of the sun and moon—its site may even have been chosen f... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm a polytheist and pagan of 20 years, and I've been worshiping some of the gods of Mesoamerica for the past 10, and getting involved in modern cultural revivals like Mexicayotl for the past year. The gods of the Aztecs are called the Teteo.
I can answer some basic questions about pre-Conquest Mexico, though just remember that most of what you think you know is probably really wrong. So to get some things out of the way:
^(*The "Aztecs" are what the Mexica called themselves before founding their empire and taking up a new name. The peoples of the language group are called the Nahua. The Aztecs/Mexica/Nahua people never "died out", and millions of them are still chugging along in many parts of Mexico. (Also, while we're here, the Maya never "disappeared" either.))
So, this chap will run an animal gauntlet.
The Aztec warrior will be equipped with his presumably primary and routinely used weapon, which looked like this
The macuahuitl is a peculiar wooden sword which had rectangle shaped, chipped obsidian blades which effectively functioned as grazers, slashers and cutters. They however, weren't really made to instantly kill, but rather immobilize and severely wound victims to the point they could be easily apprehended and confiscated for rituals.
Some articles say that a macuahuitl was sharp and powerful enough to decapitate a horse's head with a few swings to the point that the head would be held by some loose skin.
Obsidian is known for being many times sharper than the finest metal razor.
Spanish fighting bull
The warrior will also carry his shield.
The fight takes place in an empty, forsook meadow.
R1. Both are in character.
R2. Both are bloodlusted and determined to kill eachother
when I think about cool settings for an Assassins Creed Game the Aztec Empire always came to mind and I'm not sure why. I feel like an Aztec setting would be so unique and different then other game settings. everything about the Aztec's are so unique form there armor and there weapons and there many Gods.
there are many other Gods as well but something about the Aztecs are so Interesting to me. How would you AC fans feel about an Aztec AC game?
I really want to know exactly and precisely what happened in the area in and around present day Mexico City after Spanish conquest, but so far all the sources available online for free only give a very murky picture that answer none of my biggest questions that I am looking for answers to. I have a feeling the books are not going to be anymore clear.
Why is this the case? Weren’t there a lot of Spanish people keeping track of everything and writing things down in Spanish in the lands they conquered ?
By comparison , it seems the history of English colonization of North America seems to be very well documented down to the smallest detail.
Some really big questions I have about the consequences of the conquest of the Aztec are:
Did the Native Americans ever grow to view the Spanish as a common enemy and band together to try to drive them out? If yes, why were they not successful?
How did the “Mestizo” racial mix become the dominant mix in present day Mexico if so many Native Americans were dying from smallpox and the amount of Spanish people in Mexico was always so low?
How did the Spanish go about mixing with the Native Americans? Were Native American women simply kidnapped and made into brides? Or did the majority of Native American women voluntarily entered into relationships with the Spanish?
Did the allies of the Spanish in the war against the Aztec feel betrayed after they lost special privileges soon after the conquest was complete? Did they revolt against the Spanish when this became apparent ?
After conquering the Aztec , how were the Spanish able to maintain control of the region if their numbers were so low all the time ?
I have been on a real kick with Mesoamerican civilizations and decided I want to make an Aztec warrior using base 5e character making rules and a few homebrew items. I would want to make the character a barbarian but that's pretty much the only idea I have for the character. Can you guys help me with a build for this character?
This year have passed 500 years since Tenochtitlan fall. What do you think about? It is a perfect excuse for an aztec event.
What the title says... I have no expirence dealing with ripping 3d content online, but I'd hate to see this data cease to be publicly accessable.
Some content in question:
http://research.famsi.org/3D_imaging/index.php (I'm having trouble navigating to other pages with 3d content beyond the main directory here, which complicates matters)
Ideally a guide on how to do it would be best, so if I find more I can do it on my own, but if somebody wants to also just rip what I have linked here for me instead/in adidtion, that would also be helpful.