The Calpulli was the basic unit of social organization in the Aztec empire, organized around clan groups and similar work patterns.
The macuahuitl was an offensive weapon used by the Aztecs in combat. Europeans called it the Aztec sword, but it was neither curved nor made of metal.
In the 16th century, the Aztecs believed their world had been created and destroyed in violence four times before and had reason to expect it again.
The Aztec rain god Tlaloc was one of the most important in the Aztec pantheon, and distantly related to rain gods of other Mesoamerican cultures.
The Totonac city of Cempoala (or Zempoala) in Veracruz, Mexico, was a regional capital when it was visited by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes.
The top ten of the 200 Aztec gods and goddesses recognized by scholars include the most famous and important figures of the Aztec religion.
Nahuatl is a native American language spoken by the Aztec/Mexica and other people of ancient Mesoamerica, still in use today by 1.5 million people.
The maize god for the Aztec had many aspects, one of which was Centeotl, who journeyed to the underworld and brought back good things.
Chalchiuhtlicue was the Aztec goddess of running water as well as the patron of navigation and childbirth
Aztlan is the mythical homeland from which the Aztec/Mexica migrated to the Valley of Mexico in the 13th century.
The Aztec capital city called Tenochtitlan was located a marsh in the middle of a lake surrounded by mountains—a place now called Mexico City.
The Triple Alliance was a military and political pact formed by three city-states of the Valley of Mexico, establishing what became the Aztec Empire.
The Aztecs, or more properly the Mexica, practiced several different types of ritual sacrifice to secure the benevolence of the gods.
Xipe Totec was the Aztec god of fertility and agriculture renewal, with violent and grisly ceremonies involving the flayed skins of war captives.