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Which of the following is true of the Chavin cult?


a. was the Teotihuacan worship of an earth god and rain god.

b. was the primary Olmec religion.

c. produced deities with the features of humans and wild animals.

d. was practiced in the Mayan Temple of the Giant Jaguar.

e. is the best known religion of the Americas.

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I believe that the best answer for this question is C.  There are really only two possible answers--C and E--and I think C is the better answer.

First of all, the Chavin cult or culture was practiced in what is now Peru.  This can help us eliminate many of the possible answers that you give.  Teotihuacan was a city in the Valley of Mexico.  The Maya and the Olmecs lived in the lowland jungles of what is now southern Mexico and Guatemala.  Therefore, none of these answers could possibly be right.

I would say that the Aztec religion is the best known of all the ancient American religions.

Finally, it is absolutely true that Chavin art depicted deities with human and animal features.

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