psun3.jpg In Teotihuacan: Pyramid of the Sun


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Our tools are made of obsidian, and our pottery is orange. We have large trade networks, and not much military. Nice cities, markets...it's all very good. We had writing and books and art, and we played games with a ball. Fun.


We're an agricultural people, and we were pretty good at what we did with those crops, apparently, because by the year 0 C.E., our population was pretty close to fifty thousand. We had a pyramid for the sun (as seen above), and one for the moon, as well. The Pyramid of the Sun is the biggest structure in all of Mesoamerica. Sweet, huh? Between 400 and 600 C.E., we had a population of nearly two hundred thousand people, as well as temples, palaces, apartments, markets, and workshops. In short, we were awesome.


We probably had a theocracy, and we had deities. Priests were significant in our art, and they kept track of calendars and planting and harvesting seasons. Therefore, we probably believed that gods controlled events concerning crops, and we also may have thought that there were connections between our rulers and gods. At the least, we have an earth god and a rain god, and we practiced human sacrificing.


Blog Entry One
We played that ball game that we inherited from our ancestors, the Olmecs. It was nifty. The game was two against two, men against men. We had to get the ball through the ring without using our hands, which can be difficult, but it must be fun since everybody plays it so often. We're not quite as into the violence aspect as the Maya, but it still sucks sometimes to get really roughed up.
Blog Entry Two
Today we planted. The priests have been saying that the gods are deeming this the appropriate planting time, so the two-thirds of our population that work in the fields have been busy. Hopefully the earth god will give us a good supply of crops this year. Maybe if we present a human sacrifice, we'll have even better chances of attaining a food surplus. Mmm, crops.
Blog Entry Three
After a long period of military tension from other peoples, our city's been falling into decline. Eagles, jaguars, and coyotes - animals that we tie into warfare - have been the results of artistic endeavors. This is anything but a time of peace. Invaders have burned Teotihuacan, along with its books and buildings. Hope does not seem to be around for us.

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DISAPPEAR??? US??? Are you guys crazy? With the you guys and the Mayans continuing our culture, how can we disappear. Maybe we don't exist, but through the calendar and writing system we continue to live. Your edit and addition of our symbols gave you an actual writing system to help you communicate amongst each other. Thanks for continuing our culture. WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!! -Olmecs

Hey! We should trade some time! Maybe you could trade some of your orange pottery for our cacao beans. You can make a delicious drink from our cacao beans! And we should also have our best ball players verse each other some time. It'll be fun. Hope to see you soon, Maya
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Bently, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions & Encounters. 3rd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2006.

Photo credits
Pyramid of the Sun - http://www.wissenschaft-online.de/sixcms/media.php/591/29mayasonne.53315.jpg
Map - http://www.lyonsdenbooks.com/images/ancient-map.jpg