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Compare and contrast essay DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AZTEC AND SPANISH RELIGIONS When studying the Age of Discovery one always thinks of Columbus first Since Columbus was identified with being an employee of what is now known as Spain we often focus on Spanish exploration as a starting point for the age of discovery One of Spains most notorious conquests involved Mexico and a people known as the Aztecs The Aztecs like many other Indians were thought to be heathens that needed to be conquered and converted The focus of this paper is not on the conquest of Mexico but rather a study of the religion that was conquered as well as the religion doing the conquering The Spanish and Aztec religions will be examined in three areas gods priests and the military connection There were few similarities between the Aztec and Spanish religions but the areas that are similar might be shocking GODS The Aztecs were a tribe that migrated from the north possibly the Rocky mountains the Great Basin and California Most probably they were initially a primitive conquering tribe who settled on the shore of the Texcoco lake in the Valley of Mexico at the beginning of the fourteenth century As the Aztecs conquered their neighbors in the Valley they began to assimilate the religions of those tribes into their own culture The two main tribes the Aztecs seemed to have sculpted their religion from were the Toltecs and the Teotihuacan Due to these factors the Aztecs had a multitude of supreme deities The most powerful and most frequently worshipped god was Huitzlopochtli Huitzlopochtli was the god of war and guardian of Tenochtitlan Huitzlopochtlis temple was the main pyramid in the center of Tenochtitlan and the site of numerous human sacrifices The next two gods were probably of equal importance Quetzalcoatl was the serpent god and god of civilization and learning Quetzalcoatl is also the
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