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  • Essay On Olmec Civilization

    The prefix meso originates from the Greek work, middle. Mesoamerican culture, as well as Mesopotamian, sprang up in the heart of their respective locations. Shared regional settlement is only one of the multiple similarities that these two early civilizations share. This essay will discuss not only the similarities of art and architecture, but also will discuss fundamental differences that occur. The Olmec civilization thrived from c. 1500 BC to 400 BC, in the modern day Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco. Due to lack of archaeological evidence, the Olmec’s origin of ethnic identity is unknown. There is such a lack of knowledge that researchers still are unaware of the name this group of people referred to themselves as. The title Olmec…

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  • Essay On The Olmec

    religion of the Olmec as they believed springs, mountaintops and caves were portals to the supernatural realm. Shamans or priest served as intermediaries between this world and the next which was for the benefit of their people. Shamans used two methods in which they would enter the spirit world and summon the god who would provide rain for the growth of crops for villager’s sustenance, which is why priests were highly revered by the people. One method the shaman practiced was the use of…

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  • Olmec Essay

    The Olmec were the first major Mesoamerican culture, their beliefs, art, structure and agriculture influenced civilizations that came later. They are known for their engineering skills and their huge sculpted heads carved from black volcanic rock. They are also the first known Mesoamerican culture to develop a writing system.The Mayan civilization developed very special religious centers and religious systems that grew into huge cities with many people. Mayans are known for the writing system…

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  • Worldviews In The Olmecs

    The Olmecs created the first writing in mesoamerica, as well as creating a 260 day calendar. Both of these characteristics have a prominence, as the Mayan writing system is glyf writing, like the olmecs, and they adopted the 260 day calendar as a “Sacred Round”, despite following a 365 day calendar as well. More importantly, the Mayan religion is practiced in very similar ways to the Olmecs. The Olmecs are the first mesoamerican civilization to have religious centers and temples. The mayans had…

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  • Olmec Art Analysis

    OVERVIEW/ OLMEC SETTLEMENT Lines, imagery, figurines, pottery, and statutes; the Olmec Civilization had it all. Art can be infinitely defined. But have you ever heard of the monumental heads of the Olmec Civilization? Allow me to give you a taste of this incredible civilization with hidden treasures it hides within the tropical region of Mexico. Many know of monumental sculptures such as the Easter Island heads and the infamous Stonehenge, but where do these large Olmec heads fit into these…

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  • Similarities And Differences To The Ubaid Period Chiefdom Of Mesopotamia

    east, Mesopotamia and Egypt. On the other hand, the new world refers to the civilization of Mesoamerica, such as, Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Both civilizations might be characterized their societies into more complexity in early period. They captured similarities and differences of the development of societies. Therefore, the interesting point I would like to discuss is the Olmec civilization in comparing to the Ubaid period chiefdom of Mesopotamia in terms of rulership, political power, religion,…

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  • Young Man Stone Statue

    The Heard Museum received a statue of a young man in a kneeling pose, made of the volcanic rock andesite as a donation from a patron. The art style is from Olmec culture, which is classified as part of the Early Preclassic period in Mesoamerican history. The Olmec people lived in the modern-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco on the Golf Coast of Mexico between 1500B.C.E and 400B.C.E. The young man stone statue found on El Azuzul in Veracruz, and is commonly known as part of a set of statues…

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  • Contributions Of The Mayan Civilization

    They mainly borrowed their ideas from the Olmec Civilization directly to the west of it. Some of their borrowed ideas were hieroglyphic writing style, political and social structures, and huge carvings to honor royalty, but the Olmec Civilization just had concepts and vague ideas of things. When the Mayans adapted their ideas into their own they perfected and employed them. For example the Olmec Civilization had the idea of a calendar, but never fully executed it; it wasn’t until the Mayans…

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  • Human/Jaguar Transformation Museum Of Art Analysis

    More specifically, this sculpture depicts the cranium of a non-particular ruler. This metamorphosis is most likely the effect of an attempt to enter the spirit world to secure the favor of the gods for his people. The artist or architect of this piece was not mentioned on the placard nor anywhere in the vicinity of the piece’s case. It’s safe to assume the creator’s name has long been forgotten. The one piece of information that is known is that this piece was created in honor of the olmec…

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  • Olmec And Ubaid Cultures

    comparison of the Olmec and Ubaid cultures There are many similarities in the rise of complex society in both Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica. From monumental structure building to well integrated trade, cultures such as the Olmec of Mesoamerica 1200 BC - 400 AD and the Ubaid of Mesopotamia 4500 BC-3000 BC, have many parallel elements relating to their success as complex societies and what one may refer to as states, despite thousands of years between the two. Comparatively, there are also key…

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