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Professor Khristaan Villela

What are the two ‘bulbs’ either side of the god in the centre of the Sunstone? asked Wheatfields Primary School. Read what Professor Khristaan Villela had to say.

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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 some 220,000 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)

CempoalxóchitlThe Aztecs had their own poppy

or ‘flower of the dead’

104: a VERY special age for the Aztecs...Reach 52 and you’d made a ‘century’ -

reach 104 and respect turned to fear...

Aztec advances (14): therapeutic touch or massageTherapeutic massage - universally used

as a health treatment throughout the Americas

DeerIn Mesoamerica the deer

was ‘a mythological animal par excellence

Aztec social mobilityThough Mexica society was hierarchical,

social mobility wasn’t just possible but encouraged...

Maya blue - Mexica greenMexica green came from Maya blue

(with a spot of yellow)...

Marriage Alliances in Ancient MesoamericaMarriage alliances were key to the exercise

of political power in Mesoamerica...

Sacred geometry was at the FOURfront of Aztec life and worldSacred geometry - at the FOURfront

of the Aztec landscape and world...

Are there any records of albinism in Ancient Mexico?Are there records of albinism

or albinos in ancient Mexico?

How much of {italicsobador} (massage) culture is prehispanic?How much of sobador (massage) culture

originates from prehispanic times?

What type of war paint did the Aztecs have?What type of war paint

did the Aztecs have?