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Who were the Olmec?
One of the earliest civilizations of the Americas
What does Olmec mean in the Aztec Language?
"people of the rubber country"
Where did the Olmec civilization develop?
in the lush rain forest along the Gulf of Mexico
Define slash and burn.
A farming method in which farmers first cleared or slashed the dense jungle growth with stone axes. Then during the dry season they burned what remained.
What were the main crops of the Olmec?
corn, beans and squash
What materials did craftworkers use to carve items from?
gray basalt, jade and obsidian
What was the basis of the Olmec economy?
farming
What religion did the Olmec practice?
polytheism
What is polytheism?
belief in more than one god
What animal did the Olmec believe was the most powerful?
Jaguar