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10 Amazing Facts About the Aztecs

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TopTenz (4 months ago)
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Rosa Smith (3 months ago)
@Frank Bellomo I guess if your kind wasn't always committing suicide, they'd be shooting up schools or overdosing on opiods. Like that?
Tetrahydrocannabinol exe (4 months ago)
This was fuggin cool.
Brandon (4 months ago)
2:07 like something out of "Where the Wild Things Are"
Keine Ahnung (4 months ago)
@Frank Bellomo,I love chocolate cake.you can send me all the cakes you win with your comments.
Frank Bellomo (4 months ago)
@Keine Ahnung someone took your cake , that sucks. Was it chocolate?
AmazighStarNet. (14 days ago)
The reason for aztec human sacrifice was to give food to the gods the REPTILIAN anunnaki gods who are human meat as food.
Danny Howard (1 month ago)
Lol idc about anything else I just wana hear em pronounce funny things LOL
Harry Hubbard (2 months ago)
LOTSA BS in this one. Sorry, but over half of it can't be backed up.
erasemeable (2 months ago)
They finally translated the last few lines of the calendar. It states: for a refill and new calendar please contact frank at xxx-xxxx
Peaceful Buddha (2 months ago)
They also have a unique building that gives +15% growth in all cities. Wait, that could just be a video game...
Mike Gehre (2 months ago)
Every culture - past, and present has gruesome aspects. The proper focus should be on the civilization's knowledge of the arts and sciences to further man's knowledge base.
crypto66 (2 months ago)
It really amazes me how well the conquistadors could decimate a culture.
Da Gator (3 months ago)
All religions are violent huh? How about the Jains???
morningstar (3 months ago)
Did Si win the lottery? He's dressed just how my dad would dress if he won.
Svartúlfur Bagpipes (3 months ago)
ahuevo, were proud to have the blood of our Mexica ancestors! or in my case, maya
Jose Quiles (3 months ago)
I love learning about these ancient civilizations. Absolutely hate how intolerant and abhorrent the catholic faith killed much of these civilizations culture...
Cliff Dickey (3 months ago)
Aztecs died because they were stupid. Thats it
Robert Schlesinger (3 months ago)
Interesting video, Simon.
Shawn Morris (3 months ago)
Does he intentionally pronounce basically every word wrong?
John Bausch (3 months ago)
@TopTenz Simon - From viewing many of your videos on your multiple channels, it is clear you/your writers don't understand Catholicism. You would gain more credibility if you withhold your ignorant and false judgemental comments until you actually understand the theology (or at least separate past errors of individuals from the Church/theology itself). If you consider yourselves serious historians, it would be prudent not to put personal bias in your videos.
Broken Eyes (3 months ago)
Regarding the drugs they used I wonder if, given the missionary objective of converting any and all natives to catholicism essentially were just looking for a scapegoat to both justify to themselves ehat they were doing as well as start to put doubt in the natives minds about their own religion.
Paul H (3 months ago)
What's this guy's name? I've noticed he speaks very efficiently. I usually set teaching videos at 1.5 speed because at regular 1.0 speed my mind tends to wander and I don't pay attention well. If I set this gentleman's videos to 1.5 it's too fast--but if I slow them down to normal, I realize he's speaking at a normal speed. This confused me until I realized that he eliminates a lot of pauses and hesitation devices like "er, um" and so forth. In addition, the text is lacking in superfluous "conversational" parts so it comes as a steady stream of condensed information. Well done, Mister whatever your name is! *Edit:* Mr. *Simon* *Whistler* is the instructor here.
Martin Conrad (3 months ago)
Tenochtitlán [te-nawch-tee-tlahn]
Karl von Eschenhof (3 months ago)
I read somewhere that public executions are a way for rulers to maintain order and remind everyone who’s in charge. On a per capita basis, the Medieval English hanged more people than the Aztecs sacrificed. Makes you wonder if we do the same thing today in another form
Tiger Dragon (3 months ago)
Big money Aztecs 5:35
Jessy Rose (3 months ago)
I thank the Aztecs for allowing me to be entertained by your struggle to keep a straight face describing the goddess of eating excrement.
Each time you eat chocolate .. thank the Aztecs for giving us the words :)
LindaPV (3 months ago)
Savages, without the value of human life. A civilization the world is better off without.
Heinousness (3 months ago)
Did you even watch the video?
David Cook (3 months ago)
Im having it out in the comments. Learn how to say peyote. More common than you think
Markle2k (3 months ago)
Single source?
varf4528 (3 months ago)
They did not sacrifice the ball game players. Historians now feel that the relief depicting this refers to a myth or historical game not to all games played.
salinagrrrl69 (3 months ago)
The first architecture was the Totonacs. Diff folks under Aztec subjectgation.
salinagrrrl69 (3 months ago)
I left out a important word. Thee first illustraition of architecture shown was of the Totonacs - the pyramid of window niches & the bird dance pole shown at left.
michael dusenbury (4 months ago)
nice jacket
Andrew Lankford (4 months ago)
The Aztecs were inherently more rational than the Europeans were...apart from the way they treated people born under the sign of the rabbit and that non-belief in free will. They also didn't kill people for being non-believers, but as a periodic exercise to sustain the cosmos, apart from when they felt like flaying someone that they captured. Or killing a team for losing a ball game. Far more rational. Uh oh, the sky is falling. Better sacrifice more people....
theangryhobos (4 months ago)
Just say the city or please learn how to sound out the name Tenochtitlan.
Vilhelmo De Okcidento (4 months ago)
"Free Will" only makes sense within the Christian Theological context in which it arose.
Ever Hernandez (4 months ago)
this is an awesome video thank you for making it😎
They call me King Canoe
Citlalli Valles (4 months ago)
I find it adorable that you straight up admitted you can't pronounce Nahuatl instead of twisting the words into horrors.
Anon Commenter (4 months ago)
11:17 There are pokeballs
Julia Connell (4 months ago)
I had subtitles on for something else - and noticed that these ones contain a lot more useful information - see for example the section on drugs 5:04
Grey Wolf Alpha (4 months ago)
I. love . this . channel!
Daniel Cadwell (4 months ago)
I simply can't understand your pronunciation problems
Dr. Zippy Mcscoots (4 months ago)
Simon Whistler. The "nice" Simon.
George (4 months ago)
Ulama , the deadliest game in the world . The losing, team was sacrificed !
m3 talent agency (4 months ago)
Very nice and interesting video. Greetings from Mexico city.
Tecpaocelotl Castillo (4 months ago)
Things to pronounced correctly: Nahuatl is pronounced Na-wat with a almost silent l. Mexica is pronounced Me-shee-ka Tenocha is pronounced Te-no-cha Tenochtitlan is pronounced te-noch-tee-tlan Texcoco is pronounced Tesh-ko-ko Facepalm on your attempt to pronounced teteoh (gods).
Claudia (4 months ago)
as usual the Astecs continue to be the progressive badasses i thought them to be
No1More1Mr1Nice1Guy1 (4 months ago)
'more enlightened than the west...' - except the human sacrifices, conveniently left out.
john dowe (4 months ago)
what about the aztec death whistles, they would march on villages while playing the whistle as psychological warfare
JT Ramrod (4 months ago)
Thank you for not being some kind of A-hole who tries to make some terrifying horror story out of my people. I grew up in El Paso Texas and the history books written there just depicted my people as blood thirsty savages. None of that was true. People focus on the things they view have more " wow " affect on them. Europeans exaggerated and demonized the culture of my people to cover up their crimes. Which included disease warfare, child prostitution and genocide ect. My culture is badass and I'm very proud to be Mexica-Otomi. Discovering my people's language on my own 8 years ago brought a lot of happiness and wholeness to my life. People don't realize how important it is to know what and who you are in this world.
First name last name (3 months ago)
JT Ramrod do you have DNA proof? I doubt Youre Aztec
Stevie Hottman (3 months ago)
Their language is so fascinating. Do you still practice speaking it?
Ethelred Hardrede (3 months ago)
IF they were so unlike they are usually presented then why did all the subject people rebel against them? They were nasty and murderous. Really, that is why Cortez had no problem getting the allies he needed.
Alistair Winthorpe (4 months ago)
Penitence not Petinence. Still, excellent vid.
Michael Stoliker (4 months ago)
Aztec-support. Well, have to tried cutting your heart out and putting it back in again?
amortegausmc92 (4 months ago)
I like the coat Simon!
yearginclarke (4 months ago)
Seems to be alot of videos nowdays about Aztecs and Mayans. It's awesome to see people are actually interested in history like this. I hardly meet any people in real life that are interested in history of any kind.
rxjimen (4 months ago)
i wonder why you have to cope with this guy's face during the entire documentary. Looks like they are documentaries about the progressive loss of hair on his head rather than anything else.
SergeantPsycho (4 months ago)
I hate to say it, but you've got a point on the human sacrifice thing. Especially since burning at the stake was a common form of punishment in Europe.
Atlas WalkedAway (4 months ago)
Yeah, I mean, who couldn't write novels about the virtue of convincing children that they wanted to die gruesomely, drugging the hell out of them, and killing them gruesomely? So it's ok just because they "all" believed it? That seems like a difficult position to defend. In fact, it seems pretty obvious that any number of horrific things could be justified and dismissed like that.
Atlas WalkedAway (1 month ago)
@Cesar Vera Nonsense, plenty of people aspire to live forever, and even though they won't, an inevitability isn't nearly the same thing as a goal.
Cesar Vera (1 month ago)
Atlas WalkedAway everyones goal is death.
Lyle W (4 months ago)
columbus? not cortez?
Antonio Brown (4 months ago)
thnktank1 (4 months ago)
I had to go look up my Aztec sign!
lifewuzonceezr (4 months ago)
Conch rhymes with Kronk!!
Saul Garcia (4 months ago)
Mexicas al atake
C1ickityC1ack (4 months ago)
for the love of history, put some effort into your Spanish pronunciations. ‘Herrnun Cortez’ and his ‘Conkisstadors’ would be mucho disappointed let alone the Aztecs with their pronunciations lol
Ralph Wiggam (4 months ago)
British don't do that ...
digapygmy70 (4 months ago)
*ancient Aztecs learning about the crusades, the inquisition, witch hunts, etc* "Wow, these guys are savages"
el (3 months ago)
actually the aztecs would not have had an issue with a holy war as nearly every war they fought was believed to be of a divine mission
Eric Pipe (3 months ago)
The "modern" understanding of the crusades, the inquisition and witch hunts is about as foolish as the "Modern" understanding of the Aztecs... It has more to do with political ideology than reality...
Edward Lorden (4 months ago)
one comment about the "heretic burning Spanish" and human sacrifice. Heretics were burned not as an offering to a diety, but as a punitive measure for spreading "fake" news.
FanAdict477 (4 months ago)
Simon has surrendered to the Nohot'l Tongue!
Simon Sozzi (4 months ago)
That wasn't terrible.
Simon Sozzi (4 months ago)
The "Aztec"; It's pronounced "Me shee Ka" Mexica.
Badgerrr Lattin (4 months ago)
Is he mispronouncing "Tenochititlan" or have all the other voice-over guys been mispronouncing it?
Thomas DeMay (4 months ago)
he's mispronouncing. I dont know aztec but he is bad at pronuncation. i dont say that to criticize i think it actually makes the videos better but i've seen mispronounce other ones badly.
Rocky PorterJr (4 months ago)
all your videos reek of sjw
thanks (4 months ago)
YouTube is a big place , go cry about it somewhere else.
burnsloads (4 months ago)
Drugs were not venerated by them. They were primarily used as cleansing and healing agents primarily utilized and supervised by a shaman. This only changed when westerners started going to these Indians and doing drug tourism in the early 20th century. Very, very incorrect Simon. The codexs you refer to point this fact out in a very straightforward manner.
Michelle Despres (4 months ago)
Where did the Aztecs get a rubber ball?
JeremySpaceInvaders (4 months ago)
Michelle Despres trees
Brandon (4 months ago)
Aztec legal drinking age was 52, but every 4 years a holiday occured where all including toddlers were required to drink.
Erasmus the blasphemous (4 months ago)
It's pronounced Tēa oh teach lan
Tathrennor (4 months ago)
That was fantastic! And thank you for not focusing on the sacrifices. Just as was said, it must be viewed in context and it cannot be forgotten that other cultures and religions tortured and sacrificed people as well. Glass houses and all that. Great job, everyone!
iEuno1 (4 months ago)
Doesn't that document page with the leopard skins looks a lot like the images of plants from the Vonage script?
Albert (4 months ago)
War dancing and crying just like "team shouts" and football/futball/soccer/rugby events.
redbandit1able (4 months ago)
Anybody else getting annoyed with these non skippable adverts of late,on every channel?
thanks (4 months ago)
Pay for YouTube red. Haven't seen an ad in years.
John Conner (4 months ago)
isnt blue green algae toxic?
Johannes Tzimiskes (4 months ago)
Thoose that they killed were often of other religion they didnt want to be killed . Also historicans say it were at LEAST 10.000 deaths not 1.000 and that at the temple building alone.
Tathrennor (4 months ago)
@Johannes Tzimiskes Thank you! That's perfect! I'll check that out.
Johannes Tzimiskes (4 months ago)
@Tathrennor for one there is the chronicle of Diego Duran talking about the so called "Flower Wars", in which the aztecs captured prisoners for sacrifice. The numbers are from Mexican archeologists published in 2003 in Arqueología Mexicana (though I myself heard about them in a documentation about the great temple excravation). And then there is the history of Tlaxcala in which there practises are described in contrast to thoose of the aztecs. Hope that helps you.
Tathrennor (4 months ago)
Can you provide a source or two? I'd like to read about this.
Verity The Vegan (4 months ago)
Your pronunciation is as normal as any non-Nahuatl speaker! Hehe! Tenochtitlan “Teh-noh-tit-lahn” Nahuatl “Nah-waht” Mexica “Meh-shi-cah” Texcoco “Tesh-co-co” There were a few others but those are the ones most people come across :)
Jonathan Parks (4 months ago)
This is a pretty sanitized version of the Aztecs. I noticed how you kind of glossed over the fact that they oppressed all those around them. They were very much hated and the Spanish were cheered when they conquered them.
Jonathan Parks (4 months ago)
I didn't gloss over anything. The subject was the Aztecs and not the Spanish.
thanks (4 months ago)
Then the Spaniards turned around and conquered the tribes that helped them. Why did you gloss over that?
Bobby Knuckles (4 months ago)
Do the Seminole people of Florida
DeathToRainBows (4 months ago)
1:00 they worshipped khorne???
James England (4 months ago)
You sure go out of your way to excuse murder in this video.
Notdeadyet (4 months ago)
10 amazing facts about azetecs: their civilization got buried and their land stolen by the Europeans how then did the same thing to Palestinian
SuperVlerik (4 months ago)
I love your productions, but PLEASE can you research pronunciation of the different names, places and peoples you describe? It really grates hearing that default Brit mispronunciation every time.... I don't understand how an entire population (UK, but to an only slightly lesser extent USA as well) seem to make such a point of making no effort to find out how the speakers of any other language might actually say things. My own theory is it stems from an embarrassed presumption that it can't be gotten right, so why try at all.  Anyway, I know you can do this, and it would sound so much less patronising if you did so. Try this: http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/language/pronunciation
Tathrennor (4 months ago)
@SuperVlerik lol You're right. I do sound a bit defensive. It was not intentional. And thanks for the pronunciation guide.
SuperVlerik (4 months ago)
@Tathrennor No need to get defensive on his behalf. If you read my full comment you would see I included a pronunciation guide (which I found in about 5 seconds of searching).
Tathrennor (4 months ago)
He has repeatedly said in other videos that he does research how to pronounce foreign words but he often cannot find a pronunciation. He usually follows this up with if anybody wants to have a go at him, they can do so in the comments.
The Anadromous Life (4 months ago)
I guess we are at the point where the Aztecs seem pretty cool. Have a heart.
Thomas DeMay (4 months ago)
History is cool. Aztecs are an important part of History.
Jim Dighton (4 months ago)
Do a video on boers, they have an interesting history
Marvin (4 months ago)
Simon with the classic British outfit but more stylish! lol
Mae M (4 months ago)
Gyrffos (4 months ago)
Vae victis, indios
Mae M (4 months ago)
📅} " This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. " Psalm 118:24 {📅
Tathrennor (4 months ago)
I don't understand. How is this related to the Aztecs?
Mae M (4 months ago)
📅} " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. " Hebrews 13:8 {📅
stvp68 (4 months ago)
Great outfit—looks great on him
stvp68 (4 months ago)
Why do the Brits refuse to learn correct pronunciation of other languages?
stvp68 (4 months ago)
I wrote that after he butchered Mexica, Tenochtitlan, and conquistador—I recognize the gods he talks about later have difficult phoneme combinations, but the words he mispronounces at the start are common words whose pronunciations are easy to find.
Pamela Mays (4 months ago)
I wouldn't be able to pronounce those long names, so I won't "have a go" at you.
J. Smith (4 months ago)
11:50 - 12:14 - Ah so we can do that with this subject but not with the Holocaust, huh? Interesting.
Angelina Cortés (4 months ago)
Most of our history (Mexico's) was highly exaggerated by the Spanish when they arrived. Religious men had an interest in showing native cultures as extra barbaric, even if it meant to inflate figures, in order to force Catholicism, the religion of the current Spanish kings, into all natives. I don't say it's a forgivable thing, but the numbers and features that gave the impression of barbaric people, were mostly made out for religious/economic reasons. Very few people documented the real life of the Aztecs, but the damage was already done, especially since they forced every aspect of Spanish culture, erasing traces of firsthand documentation, until the discovery of Templo Mayor sometime last century and some other places that had info about it.
irontusk341 (4 months ago)
10:28 is pronounced Tay-ya-zolt-teeot-tay-el-qwan-eee
Mahnarch (3 months ago)
"But, we just call him 'Jeff'."
mad hatter (4 months ago)
I love some of the god's they have.
Jack Stone (4 months ago)
Simon nailed the aztec gods lol
Paul Mathew (4 months ago)
What about the stone masks? Cue pillar men music....
antiisocial (4 months ago)
Slime. Apt description. I know it's healthy.
JM1993951 (4 months ago)
Do a video on ridiculous conspiracies of the first American, like "black Israelites" and such.

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