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Question for December 2014

Why is it better to support loads on the forehead and not on the shoulders? Asked by Sutton Valence Prep School. Chosen and answered by Our In-House Team.

Illustration of an Aztec loadcarrier, called a ‘tameme’
Illustration of an Aztec loadcarrier, called a ‘tameme’ (Click on image to enlarge)

By using a ‘tumpline’, as you can see in the picture, you’re not using your muscles to carry with, you’re using your body’s frame, distributing the weight of the load on your back right down the spine, from the forehead all the way down to the lower back. It’s one of the strongest and most efficient ways of carrying heavy weights in the world!

Illustration drawn for Mexicolore by Felipe Dávalos.

Learn more about a tumpline from Wikipedia

Our In-House Team has answered 21 questions altogether:

Did the Aztecs have different types of chewing gum to today’s?

Did the Aztecs have a god of snow?

Which parts of the Day of the Dead festival go back to the Aztecs?

Why did they put holes [gaps] in the [upright huehuetl] drums?

Was Snake Woman an Aztec empress?

How big was the Aztec army?

Did they have First Aid?

Which pet was the Aztecs’ favourite?

Why did they call them ‘chinampas’?

Did the Spanish have an interpreter when they conquered the Aztecs?

Which was the Aztecs’ most fearsome weapon?

Why was the Sun God called Tonatiuh?

Did they send post (mail)?

Did they have the same seasons as we do?

What did they do with the shells of armadillos after eating the meat?

Why didn’t Aztec houses have doors?

Which was the biggest group [job sector] in Aztec society?

Why is it better to support loads on the forehead and not on the shoulders?

When children were punished, how long were they held over smoking chillies for?

What was the Aztecs’ greatest fear?

Why did the Aztecs believe gold was the poo of the Sun God?

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