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Aztec clay almena, Museo del Templo Mayor

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Were important people carried, or did they walk? asked Applecroft Primary School. Read what Dr. Anastasia Kalyuta had to say.

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Did the Mexica hug?
In greeting each other, did the Aztecs hug? No is the short answer, but find out what they did do...
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Mexicolore Aztec workshop display in a primary school

Welcome to the Aztecs* at Mexicolore...

We are a small, independent, specialist, artefact-based teaching team providing in-school interactive history workshops on the Mexica (Aztecs) and the Maya. Since 1980 our teams have made over 3,500 visits to schools, museums, and arts centres throughout England.

”Mexicolore has probably reached more people on the planet than all of the courses on Mexico taught at universities added together. It has been a wonderful success that has brought the magic of Mesoamerica to untold numbers of people...” (Dr. Alan R. Sandstrom, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Indiana University Fort Wayne, USA)

“Mexicolore is the only organisation in the United Kingdom that for the last 30 years has been devoted to promoting Mexico’s Aztec heritage, presenting it in a unique and extraordinary way.” (Dr. Ignacio Durán, ex-Cultural Attaché, Mexican Embassy UK)

“Los felicito por la excelente labor educativa que hacen en escuelas, museos y el internet. ¡Su página es, simplemente, la mejor que yo conozca!” (Dr. Leonardo López Luján, Director, Proyecto Templo Mayor, Mexico City)

In support of our interactive school workshops on Mexico, the Aztecs* and the Maya, in which over 200,000 children have already participated, this constantly updated, 100% educational website, based in London and established in 2001, offers a wealth of carefully researched information and resources on (ancient) Mexico, all designed to inspire, inform, intrigue and encourage serious students of the Aztecs, the Maya (and ancient Mesoamerica in general) of ALL ages. Note: we receive no funding of any kind and we carry no adverts. We’re fiercely proud of our independence!

*While the name ’Aztec’ is widely used in education and professional literature, historically the Aztecs called themselves the ’Mexica’ in their Nahuatl language. Today their modern descendants still continue this usage - the word ‘Aztec’ being considered a historic or foreign term. In Anthropology, the ‘Aztecs’ of today are generally referred to as the ’Nahua’. (A. Sandstrom)

Physical contact in greetingsDid the Mexica hug

when greeting each other?

The fate of your {italictonalli} after deathWhat was the fate of

your tonalli after death?

Review of ‘Azteken’ exhibition, Linden Museum, Stuttgart, 2019-20We review the major Azteken exhibition

currently in the Linden Museum, Stuttgart

La Llorona and the Days of the Dead (1)La Llorona and Mexico’s

Days of the Dead...

Bird feathers used in Aztec and Maya headdressesFeathers from ‘pretty much every bird’

were used by the Aztecs and the Maya

Aztec advances (7): sweat lodgeAztec and Maya women took a therapeutic

steam bath immediately after giving birth...

Zotz - a Mesoamerican comicWhat inspired a Salvadorean graphic artist

to create a great Mesoamerican comic - Zotz

Aztec clothing illustratedA new resource on Aztec clothing

- beautifully designed by Daniel Parada

Aztec advances (6): anaestheticsPeyote: used by the Mexica

and by Native Americans as an anaesthetic

A comparative history of British and Mexican quernsA comparative history of querns

in Britain and in Mexico...

The Aztecs and the seaCan you tell me more about

the Aztecs’ relationship to the sea?

What about the {italicquinametzin} giants in Aztec mythology?What do we know about giants

in Aztec/Mexica mythology?

What do the colour bands on Tezcatlipoca’s face mean?What do the colour bands mean

in images of Tezcatlipoca’s face?

The story of the Mexica sacrifice of a Colhua princessDid the Mexica really sacrifice

a princess from Colhuacan?