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Comparing Central American Civilisations with those in the Andes

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´╗┐In Central America there were three main civilizations, the Mayans, the Aztecs and the Incas. The Mayans and Aztecs were located in Central America, where as the Incas were in the Andes in what is now South America. The Central American civilizations had more differences than similarities when compared to civilizations in the Andes. The Mayan civilization thrived between 300 to 900 A.D. This group was known for their there large buildings and temples, these were made for their gods. The Mayans believed childbirth was a sign of good fortune and wealth. They had made a spectacle of it, which involved the priest on giving the child its name. Cross-eyed was seen as beauty, they would put beads in the child?s hair and have it dangle between the eyes. ...read more.


The Aztec civilization had existed between 1200 to 1500 A.D. This civilization had also had large pyramid and temples throughout. Childbirth was assisted by a mid-wife. The Aztecs had a strong education system as well with a military system. Both boys and girls were allowed to receive an education. The government system for the Aztecs was ran by one person, a king who was very violent. They had believed in human sacrifice, they had sacrificed thousands of people to please their gods. They also had believed in slave labor, they used slaves and gold for trade. The Aztec civilization in the end had been taken over by the Spaniards. The Inca empire reigned between 1200-1535 A.D. They had settled in the Andes Mountains, where they had advanced in farming skills. ...read more.


Men married around the age of 25, where as girls were between 16 and 20, only some were prearranged but whoever they married had to be approved by the local leader. The Incas were very advanced, they had knowledge of surgery, diseases and medicines. In the end the same their empire had been taken over by the Spaniards as well. The three civilizations had all believed in some form of gods, mainly the god of Sun. They all had a form of agriculture that supplied all their people, some were more advanced. They all had built temples, and there architect was advanced, their pyramids were large. They had all believed in sacrifice, whether it was human, child or animal. I think they had similarities because some were based on their religious beliefs. Religion was everywhere in their lives, it gave them all their needs, such as the god of Sun and also the one for water. http://www.ancientsites.com/aw/Post/77889&authorid=5407 http://mayaincaaztec.com/index.html\ ...read more.

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