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Statue of Mictlantecuhtli Aztec god of the underworld Templo Mayor Museum

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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)

IN THE NEWS: epidemic, self-isolation, dedication and the preservation of memoryIN THE NEWS: epidemic, self-isolation

and the preservation of memory

Could this be the very first image of Africans in the Americas?Could this be the very first image

of Africans in the Americas...?

Mirrors could deter citizens from lyingMirrors could be used by rulers

to deter citizens from lying...

Superstitious? (7)Identical twins shared just one tonalli (life force)

- so they had to work twice as hard...

Slave: ‘To secure your freedom, tread on poo...!’ Eh??A slave’s freedom could depend

on ritually stepping on human poo...

Aztec clothing illustrated, v2An UPDATED new resource on Aztec clothing

- beautifully designed by Daniel Parada

Left hand side rules!The body’s left-hand side contains

more ‘vital force’...

Aztec advances (10): medicinal use of tobaccoGround up tobacco was used

as an analgesic to treat snake bites...

Maize and the Aztec farming yearThe Mexica spent less time later saying thanks for

a good harvest and more praying earlier for abundance

When does a day ‘start’ in the tonalpohualli?When does a day ‘start’ in the tonalpohualli?

- At sunrise, noon, sunset, midnight...?

The towns linked by causeways to TenochtitlanWhich were the names of the smaller towns

linked by causeways to Tenochtitlan?

How did the Aztecs deal with mental illness?How did the Mexica/Aztecs

deal with mental illness?

Were all Mexica great astronomers or just the priests?Were all Mexica great astronomers

or just the priests?