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Mesoamericans

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Chocolate The Mayans created chocolate out of cocoa beans and they actually created different types of chocolate and drinks out of chocolate. The Aztecs made this kind of cold cocoa drink and they loved it. Fact:Emperor Montezuma had 50 jars of cold cocoa everyday!
Sapa Inca The Sapa Inca was the emperor/king of the Incas. Incas believed that he was the living son of the Sun god Inti. No one was allowed to look at Sapa Inca. Sapa Inca was very powerful, holy, and luxurious.
Human sacrifice The human sacrifice was a sacrifice the Aztecs and Mayans did to humans to honor their gods. They did it on top of pyramids and they took a knife and took out the heart of the victim and offered it to their gods. They believed this worked.
Tenochititlan Tenochtitlan was an Aztec Island located in Central America. Tenochtitlan was an island on a lake so it was all surrounded by water. Three wide and big causeways and canals connected the island together and to the mainland. There was many garden beds.
City-state A city-state is an independent political city that is "basically" a state. It may also have it's own government.
Beauty for Incas The Mayans thought crossed eyes and a flat head was a sign of beauty so they would hang hang a bead from their baby's nose so then and it would turn the baby crossed eyed. Flat head= they put a board on the baby's back so it would flatten the skull.
Montezuma 2 In the early 1500s there was an Aztec emperor named Montezuma 2 and no one was allowed to look him in the eye. Montezuma was most of the time carried in this fancy litter and he wore gold sandals.
Popol Vuh The Popol Vuh was the Mayans sacred book like our torah that explains many things like why humans see the world unclearly by the gods on purpose.
Machu Picchu Machu Picchu is a famous city made by the Incas. Machu Picchu is a mountain fortress in an high valley in the Andes and 50 miles northwest of Cuzco and 7,000 feet above sea level. It is the #1 tourist attraction in Peru today!
Quipu A quipu was a record keeping and counting device made by the Incas. A quipu was made out of stings of many colors and they would tie a knot on a string to record something.
Created by: MarielB