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Professor Elizabeth Graham

Question for December 2015

When women went to the market with babies on their backs, did other women ever try to steal them? Asked by Loseley Fields Primary School. Chosen and answered by Professor Elizabeth Graham.

Artist’s impression of an Aztec mother with baby in Tlatelolco market
Artist’s impression of an Aztec mother with baby in Tlatelolco market (Click on image to enlarge)

Many mothers today carry their babies on their backs - or fronts -and no one tries to steal them. It is more likely that babies get stolen if they are left in (modern) strollers or carriages [prams].

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Detail from a mural depicting the great market at Tlatelolco, at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. Photo by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore.

Professor Elizabeth Graham has answered 7 questions altogether:

What if an Aztec warrior died or was killed in battle (rather than being taken/taking captive)?

Did the Aztecs force you to be who you are?

Did people get paid for cleaning the city?

Did the Aztecs ever meet the Incas?

Why did the gods destroy the four [previous] worlds if they made them in the first place?

When women went to the market with babies on their backs, did other women ever try to steal them?

What’s the most interesting fact you’ve come across about the Aztecs? (2)

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