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Maya, Aztec, and Incan Religion What you will do Investigate the complex religious systems of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. Create a pamphlet highlighting one of the religions and its principal deities, rituals, festivals, and creation accounts. What you will need Web Sites: Aztec Mythology Accounts of myth origins and descriptions of key deities Maya Religion An overview of the history, texts, beliefs, and practices Chichén Itzá Mayan Temples in the Yucatan Descriptions of temples at the Maya ceremonial site Maya Aztec Inca Religion Click on each of the three religion links (black text) to learn about particular beliefs and practices. Huitzilopochtli A description of the Aztec god of war, with links to other deities Andean Cosmology A detailed account of Incan religion from the prehistoric times to contemporary practices Inca Religion A thorough explanation of the Incan religious system The Sacrificial Ceremony NOVA's account of "capacocha," the Inca sacred rite of human sacrifice Aztec and Inca Civilizations Watch Background Movies 1 and 2 to learn more about Aztec religious practices. Watch Movie 4 to learn about Inca culture and religion. How you will do it 1. Choose, or your teacher will assign, a civilization and its religious belief system. 2. Use the pertinent web sites to research the civilization's religion and its influence in the society. Refer to your textbook or other book references for additional information if necessary. Maya, Aztec, and Incan Religion 3. Review and discuss your findings with others who studied the same civilization. 4. Design and write your pamphlet. Highlight the key features of the religious belief system. The pamphlet should include descriptions of principal deities, rituals, festivals, and creation accounts or legends. If completing in a small group, allocate writing assignments and responsibilities. Be sure to proofread and edit the text before assembling your pamphlet. 5. Display your pamphlet in the classroom as directed by your instructor. 6. Review pamphlets on the civilizations that you did not research. Be prepared to discuss the similarities and differences between these belief systems and how each functioned in their respective civilizations.