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The Natchez supreme ruler, the Great Sun, lived on one of these. On others lived his mother, White Woman, who was also his adviser; his brothers, called Suns, from whom were chosen the war chief and head priest; and his sisters, Woman Suns. A complicated caste system regulated relationships and behavior. ” All grades of nobility, male and female alike, were permitted to wed only commoners. And when a noble died, his or her mates and others in the entourage would give up their lives to accompany the dead to the next world.
Because of his efforts the Toltec name came to be synonymous with “civilized” in later Aztec tradition. A theory proposed by some researchers holds that the myth of Topoltzin-Quetzalcoatl actually symbolizes the advance of civilization and political power among different Mesoamerican cultures. The word Tolteca, rather than referring to a particular people, thus connotes civilization and its traits—art, high culture, urbanism. ” According to this view, the inhabitants of any large urban center—not just Tula—could have been referred to as Toltecs.
400, Fremont peoples lived to the north of Anasazi territory in present-day Utah. The fact that this otherwise unrelated northern culture reveals certain typical Anasazi traits, including pithouses, surface adobe houses, and black-on gray painted pottery, is evidence of the great extent of Anasazi influence. The Fremont culture is also known for its 28 unique clay figurines. d. 950; only a few remained after 1300. The Mound Builders Well into the 19th century, theories of lost European tribes still were applied to hundreds of ancient human-made earthworks situated throughout eastern North America, typically in river valleys—many of them enormous, some geometric in shape, and some shaped like animals.