What did the Aztec empire value?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One of the major things that the Aztecs valued was humans to sacrifice to their gods.

The Aztecs believed that the gods needed to be fed human blood as a way to give them strength to keep the universe intact.  Because they needed this, it was important to get human sacrifices.  This had to be done through battle because enemy warriors were the best sacrifices.

In accordance with this, they valued (in terms of personal attributes) bravery in battle.  Warriors were expected to be brave and skilled enough to capture enemies. They were also expected to be stoic enough to play their part if they themselves were captured and sacrificed.

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Aztecs valued chocolate very highly. The Aztecs credited their god Quetzalcoatl for bringing them the cocoa plant. They made a thick, bitter and unsweetned drink called oxcoatl which used cocoa as its base and was thought to have healthly effects on the body. They also ate the fruit of the cocoa tree believing it to have nourishing and aphrodisiac properties. The Aztecs prized cocoa so much that they even demanded it as payment when trading, it became a currency to them.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Aztec were native people of America who had established a big empire in Mexico in 14th to 16th century. The Aztec empire was destroyed in 1521 by Spanish invaders.

One thing that Aztec valued most was their religion. They worshipped hundreds of divinities and devoted much of their time to religious activities. They held many religious ceremonies. Many of these ceremonies involved human sacrifice. Aztec people often waged wars to capture prisoners to be sacrificed in these ceremonies.

Aztec people considered cacao beans as very valuable and used is the same way as money is used today.

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mrock40 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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they valued their gods, human sacrifice, family, and cocao beans

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