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p. 785. Women and children: weavers of life and precious necklaceslocked

  • Davíd Carrasco

Abstract

‘Women and children: weavers of life and precious necklaces’ outlines the role of women and children in Aztec society. Women were primarily homemakers, but also fulfilled vital roles as weavers, healers, midwives, priestesses, and goddesses. Dying in childbirth was akin to an heroic death in battle. Aztecs believed education integrated youths into the wider world. Affection and discipline were instilled through a series of rituals, with harsh punishments for misbehaviour. Children learnt about the afterlife from a young age. As they grew, they learnt that their ultimate prospects depended on the life they chose to lead.

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