South American Religion for Kids - Olmec, Aztec, Maya, and Inca religion

South American Religion

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The people who lived in South America before 1500 were polytheistic - they believed in many different gods. Because they lived pretty near one another, some of their gods were pretty much the same, but other gods were different from culture to culture. All of the Latin American and South American religious traditions involved animal sacrifice, and in some cases also human sacrifice. You can read separately about the Olmec religion, the Maya religion, the Aztec religion, and the Inca religion.

To find out more about South American religion before 1500, check out these books from Amazon or from your library:

Aztec
Inca
South America after 1500 AD
North America before 1500 AD
North America after 1500 AD
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