Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ahmanson Center (ACB), 238
825 Bloom Walk , Los Angeles, CA 90089
A talk by Kirby Farah
Lecturer, USC Department of Anthropology
“Aztec” is an often-problematized term used to refer to the political empire that rose to power in the Basin of Mexico during the early fifteenth-century. Although the people who lived within the boundaries of the empire were ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse, Aztec leaders used a number of economic and social strategies to unite the empire. Among these strategies was the creation of a state-sponsored religion that drew on beliefs and practices that long pre dated the empire. This talk explores the diverse origins of Aztec religion and the role of Aztec religion as a political tool.