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Mayas and Aztecs

Summary: A comparison of the Mayas and the Aztecs, two cultures that lived far apart from each other in time and place, but who still shared many similarities. These similarities include the relationship between humans and supernaturals; the need to satisfy their gods through rituals of blood sacrifice; the ideological function of religion in society; and the expression of religion in art.
It is really surprising how two civilizations can share so many similarities in their religious beliefs having ocuppied different areas and having lived in different centuries. The Mayas and the Aztecs were two indigenous communities which inhabited part of Mesoamerica during the III and the XVI century. Even though they did not live in the same place and century they were quite similar in religious aspects, such as the relationship between humans and supernaturals, rituals of blood sacrifice, the ideological function of religion in the society and the expression of religious themes in art.

To start with, the relationship between humans and supernaturals was one of the beliefs shared by these two tribes. According to Robert Sharer (1994:514), the Mayas thought that all things (animate or inanimate) were imbued with an unseen power. Besides, it was believed that human destiny was linked with celestial beings like the sun and...

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