Fun Facts

Logan Earnest & Natalie Kersey

Mayan vs the Aztec

Fun facts about the mayan and aztecs society. Different sections include: Sports and game, women and children, beliefs, education, occupation, hygiene, and other.

Los deportes y el juego

Aztecs:

  • They played a game called Tlachti was a combination of present day soccer and basketball. They had to shoot a basket with their feet

Las mujeres y Los niños

Aztecs:

  • Girls started learning chores, spinning at 4 years old and cooking at 12
  • Girls educated was basically training for marriage
  • punishment of children was painful. One form of punishment had the parent holding their child over a chili pepper fire and forcing them to inhale the chili pepper smoke.

Mayan:

  • Children were named after the day they were born. Each day had a name, and mayans followed the ritual of naming their child whatever the day was called.
  • Women and girls wore their hair long and took care that it was always combed and arranged attractively.
  • Different hairstyles signaled the marital status of women.
  • Women wore bones as jewelry
  • They stayed inside and made clothes and art while the men worked in the field.

La Creencía

Aztecs:

  • The priest would eat the flesh of the sacrifice and drink some of the blood
  • They believed strongly in omens
    • Wolf equalled misfortune
    • Owl or rabbit entering home equalled misfortune for the members of the household
  • Captured children of neighboring people to sacrifice

Mayan:

  • Had sophisticated intelligence and calendar dating very far forwards
  • Many different Gods ruling over every part of their lives

Educacón

Aztecs:

  • Hand painted books called codices
    • Paper made from plant fibers or animal skins
    • Subjects included poetry, stories, astronomy, religion, history, and law

Mayan:

  • They used bark from a fig tree as paper

Ocupación

Aztecs:

  • They grew their subsistence crops on floating platforms, called floating gardens, on the lake

Mayan:

  • Extremely advanced doctors
    • They were called Shamans
    • They Mayas sutured wounds with human hair, healed fractures and were even skilled dental surgeons.
    • They would fill teeth with iron pyrite

Higiene

Aztecs:

  • Bathed twice a day compared to Europeans who went days in the same clothing

Mayan:

  • They used saunas (hygeine)
    • They were called zumpul-ché, or sweat baths
    • They were walls built up and water would go into it, landing on the rocks, and the sun would evaporate the water and create steam in the walls.
    • They believed it had healing powers in the sweating for the sick.

Otra

Aztecs:

  • Chocolate was prized by the Aztecs (money or sacrifice)
  • One of their Kings, Talcaelel, rewrote their history erasing bad times they had
  • feathers of birds were a popular accesory
  • If you were arrested for being intoxicated your punishment for second offence was death
  • If you were a commoner found wearing cotton clothes your punishment was death

Mayan:

  • They had a desire for an unnatural beauty.
    • Included pressing boards on baby’s foreheads to make a smooth flat surface.
    • Crossed baby’s eyes by dangling objects in front of their faces until their eyes were permanently crossed.

Logan Earnest and Natalie Kersey