South and Central American Religion - Olmec, Aztec, Maya, and Inca answers questions

South American Religion

Maya Corn King
Maya Corn King

The people who lived in South and Central America before 1500 were polytheistic - they believed in many different gods. Because they lived pretty near one another, some of their gods were pretty much the same, but other gods were different from culture to culture. All of the Central American and South American religious traditions involved animal sacrifice, and in some cases also human sacrifice.

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Professor Carr

Karen Eva Carr, PhD.
Assoc. Professor Emerita, History
Portland State University

Professor Carr holds a B.A. with high honors from Cornell University in classics and archaeology, and her M.A. and PhD. from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has excavated in Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Tunisia, and she has been teaching history to university students for a very long time.

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