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Aztec Life and Times
Aztec Children

When a baby was born, the parents went to a soothsayer to find out the child's fate, which was determined by the date it was born. Immediately the child was taught to work hard in life. A boy was expected to follow in his father's profession and to be a good warrior. He was given a tiny shield, bow and arrows, and tools like those his father used. A girl was expected to stay at home, working in the house and weaving. She would be given tiny spindles for spinning thread and a broom.


Boys from noble families went to a temple school for three years starting when they were 12 years old. They learned about military training, the calendar, Aztec customs, and religion. Because so few knew how to read, they learned the Aztec codices by heart. The sons of common people went to live at a school run by their calpulli from age 12 until they were married. There they learned how to use weapons, work in the field, and follow the many religious rituals. Both boys and girls went to a House of Song from ages 12 to 15 to learn the songs, dances, and music of the Aztec religion. This was the only education that girls were given outside of the home.   [more]
Raising Children
Raising Children
Warrior Training
Warrior Training