THE AZTEC LEGACY…
While some of the Aztec’s culture was destroyed when the Spanish invaded, the Aztecs left behind some important legacies. The Aztec language, Nahuatl, known as Mexicano, is still spoken by more than 1.5 million Nahua. These people lived in mountain ranges and they were known to grow many crops that still are with us now. They had a unique water system for their farming where they put the crops that needed regular watering together and the crops that lasted longer together. Their main crop was corn (maize), which is still planted today. The cacao tree was also very popular for the Aztecs. They made chocolate foods and drinks, which are still very popular these days. Other foods are avocado, chilli and tomatoes that appear in dishes such as guacamole, tacos, tamales and enchiladas to name a few. The Aztecs were one of the first people to have a compulsory education system for everyone. They had a method of counting that was very successful only going up to 20. Aztecs left behind many arts, literatures and poems, which have influenced the world today.
The story of the Aztecs is one of wonder and awe. On Tuesday 26 January BDFAS will host UK expert Chloe Sayer to give a talk about their extraordinary civilisation. The Aztecs have been described as brutal and bloodthirsty yet their achievements in the fields of the arts were breathtaking. Their pyramids still attract visitors in their millions while their shimmering city, built on a lake, was the Venice of the New World. The lecture will explore these paradoxical aspects of their culture along with the legacy they left behind. Expect a panoply of stunning images of Aztec art and architecture.
Tuesday 26 January at Benahavis Town Hall at 6.30 prompt, doors open at 5.30, café open. Visitors are welcome, the cost is 12 Euros including a complimentary drink. For more information see the website – www.benahavisdfas.com