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The Olmecs

THE OLMECS

Olmec culture known as Mother, was developed primarily in the Mexican state of Veracruz and Tabasco on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, between 1200 BC to 400 a. C. so. Temples built complex as San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, La Venta and Tres Zapotes. In Nahuatl, "Olmec" means "rubber people of the country." These areas were extracted latex from the trees to the development of the ball, ...

Olmec culture known as Mother, was developed primarily in the Mexican state of Veracruz and Tabasco on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, between 1200 BC to 400 a. C. so. Temples built complex as San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, La Venta and Tres Zapotes. In Nahuatl, "Olmec" means "rubber people of the country." These areas were extracted latex from the trees to the development of the ball, because in this region starts the ball game.

The Olmecs believed to everything around them as living beings from caves, ravines, springs, trees and mountains, these were full of spirits too important for these people. For the Olmec, the mountains were the link between heaven, earth and the underworld was where were the ancestors and the spirits of the earth, rain and the underworld. His sculptures are characterized by monumental, with characteristic motifs like mouths drop and eyes Mongols, two men seen as representations of jaguars, since it is associated with the jaguar; feature that is repeated constantly in ancient Mexico, coming to form a military class of paramount importance.

objects are also found depicting animals such as fish-shaped bowls and poultry.

Outstanding colossal heads, covered with what looks like helmets. These monumental works have been the subject of much speculation as to their creation and function are considered as representations of ballplayers, some of which are portraits of Olmec rulers. Until today 17 have been excavated Olmec colossal heads.

 

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