Olmecs "The Rubber People": 1200 B.C.E. to 100 B.C.E. Location: Mesoamerica

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[The Olmec mask that was the first signs of society in Mesoamerica.]


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We built drainage systems to deflect the water that would flood our harvest fields. With our construction skills, we were able to enhance our religious centers by building various buildings to practice our beliefs. With our skill level, we were able to produce a military to protect our Mesoamerican society from all invaders. We were able to produce a trade system with other regions in Mesoamerica using jade and obsidian to make special crafts. Since we were not advanced in metallurgy, we made knives and axes from obsidian and other hard resources that could be molded into threatening weapons for our military force.


We were the first complex society in Mesoamerica. Our traditions had influenced most of the societies in Mesoamerica until the arrival of European travelers in the sixteenth century C.E. We made colossal Olmec heads at each ceremonial sites. Each head had the help of about a thousand laborers. To entertain our people, we had the Olmec ball game and certain rituals involving human sacrifices. Most of these rituals and beliefs had spread through out Mesoamerica after the decline of our society.


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Our society had many ceremonial centers at each ceremonial site.
We had many temples, pyramids, altars, stone sculptures, and tombs for our past rulers.


===Blog Entry One:===Our society began with the establishment of our first ceremonial center in San Lorenzo in 1200 B.C.E. This site was known as our first capital for about four hundred years. The Olmec society's heartland was determined by the vast land that produced rich harvests. We built new ceremonial centers at La Venta (800 B.C.E.-400 B.C.E.) and Tres Zapotes (400 B.C.E.-100 B.C.E.).===Blog Entry Two:===Our wonderful cultural tradition were adapted by the Mayans as well as the people of Teotihuacan. Both societies built the foundation of their society according to ours. They also entertained themselves with our ball game. They adopted our calendar and used it for their own uses. The Mayans created the modern day solar year with 365 days. They based it on the agricultural times during the year. These two societies advanced our writing system by adding their own created symbols and ideographic.===Blog Entry Three:===The Olmec ball game was played for entertainment as well as celebrating special occasions. The object of the game was to score points by tossing a rubber ball through a ring without using hands. The ball was baked rubber about eight inches in diameter and the game need great skill to move the ball using various parts of the body to score points. Most all cities and important ceremonial centers had courts for people to play the game. People played the game sport purposes or betting. It was also played after reaching the resolution of certain agreements. Some matches resulted in the loser being a sacrificial victim facing and their death right after the match. This is usually because blood letting meant pleasing the gods.

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We must thank your contribution to our society. Our culture would not have been so advanced without the foundation you created. We were able to build our culture off of yours. The ball game is great entertainment. We enjoy it very much. Also, the calendar is quite helpful. We elaborated and made two calendars. We have the solar year for agriculture and the ritual year. Writing is a great tool as well. Thank you, Maya
Thanks a lot for existing so we could be cool like you guys. Like the Mayans said, the ball game and the calendars are pretty cool. We changed the calendar a little, but we still couldn't have done it without you. Also, we took your symbols and made them better and more of them, so, also thanks to you, we have a nice writing system! Hurrah! I'm sorry that you guys so mysteriously declined and everything, since you guys are so awesome. <3 Teotihuacans
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Olmec Head: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/slideshow/detail/olmec.jpg
Map: http://www.mesoweb.com/resources/maps/media/crystal_map.jpg
Ceremonial Center: http://www.dark-truth.org/pics/turkey5.jpg
Ball Game, Culture, Technology, Religion, Blog Entry One, Blog Entry Two, Blog Entry Three://
Bentley, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. 3rd ed. New York: The McGraw Hill Companies, 2006.