Death Of Latin American Culture

1542 Words Apr 28th, 2016 7 Pages
Death in Latin American Culture Death is part of life in every part of the world, and every culture handles it differently. Just like every other region in the world, the approaches to death in Latin America are unique to the area, and have changed over the years. The Pre-Colonial death rituals in Mexico, Peru, and Haiti each have their own method of addressing this inevitable tragedy. Never the less there are common threads throughout the Aztec, Inca, and Taino peoples. When the Europeans arrived in the Americas the beliefs and assumptions surrounding death changed, along with the rest of the cultural landscape. This tumultuous time eventually led to a very unique heritage for the modern people of Mexico, Peru, and Haiti. The infamous Aztec empire ruled the Mesoamerica through terror and religious wars from the 14th century to the 16th century. Their capital was the floating city of Tenochtitlan that was founded around 1325 until it the Aztecs were conquered by the Spanish in 1521 (Hilary Dockray, The Aztec Perspective on Death and Afterlife.) Unlike the Christian Europeans, the Aztecs did not fear death. “…the Aztecs saw their lives as being. They did not fear death as the harbinger of judgment, resulting in condemnation or reward. They believed they were collaborators of the gods, chosen to support and nourish the gods, who were crucial for the survival of the world in general, and for the flourishing of the Aztec people in particular” (Mexico and Death, Modern and…
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