World History 750 Words

Here we have two European accounts of two South and Central American cultures, the Inca and the Aztecs (Mexica). Please answer the following questions.

  • 1. Why do you think de León dwells at great length on the Inca language in his report? To whom would this information be useful, and why?
  • 2. Diego Durán gives us a sense of the importance that religious customs held for the Aztecs (aka Mexica). Durán, a priest, was also a man of faith, but of the Catholic persuasion. Think about the details he imparts in this account.
    • A. Based on his examination of the Aztec religion, where do you think Durán saw possible ways to convert the Aztecs to Catholicism – what aspects of this European religion might appeal to the Aztecs?
    • B. Relatedly, how might European intervention in Aztec religious practices fundamentally change Aztec religion and culture?
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  • A History of World Societies, Volume 111th Edition
  • Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks; Patricia Buckley Ebrey; Roger B. Beck; Jerry Davila; Clare Haru Crowston; John …

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