The Three Different Cultures in Aztec Empire

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Aztec Culture There were a variety of different cultures of people who were part of the Aztec empire. Social Classes of the Aztec Empire: The Aztec society was organized into tightly structured groups or classes. There were three main classes that formed Aztec society. The nobles, the intermediate class, and the commoners. Each class was divided further. At the top was the emperor who belonged to the noble class. His power came from control of the military and was supported by Aztec religious beliefs. He had a very nice and luxurious life. The nobles were the smallest class, but had the most power. They owned large estates and ran the government and the military. Priests were also from the noble class. Merchants and skilled artisans…show more content…
The nobles wore a lot of jewelry on special occasions, but the jewelry back then looked different from the jewelry now. The Aztec jewelry were made with different types of materials, and different materials were added together to make one creation. Copper, gold and silver, shells, clay, wood, rock (obsidian) and feathers were commonly used. Gold was used, but silver was much more popular as it was abundant in Mexico. Stones such as jade, quartz, opal, moonstone, and turquoise were used as well. Gold was imported from the south, turquoise from the north, and conch shells were imported from the east. A famous type of Aztec jewelry was the ear plug, which can be found in Aztec masks. Both men and women wore these ear plugs. Men were the ones who wore the nose jewelry. They also wore jewelry on their lower lip. Jewelry also included necklaces (with charms and pendants), armlets, bracelets, leg bracelets and rings. Sometimes, as the Aztecs were religious, they carved the jewelry in to shapes of birds and reptiles. Bells were also found in their necklaces. Clothing Clothing varied to the social class the people belonged to. The clothing were normally loose, and didn't cover the whole body. It was surprising for the Aztecs to see the Spanish covered in full body armor. Aztec clothing usually were made out of cotton or ayate fiber. Women weaved the fibers into the clothing. This was taught to young girls.The Aztecs used the beautiful dyes

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