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  •  The Aztecs took up the established pantheon (1+ / 0-)
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    of the established Nahuatl-speaking groups in the area, and simply added their own variations. The upscaled body count came later.

    If you're wondering how one religious fanatic can cause major, even catastrophic, changes to local culture, I suggest you consider Girolamo Savonarola. He almost single-handedly destroyed the Renaissance spirit in Florence in a few short years, getting the Florentines to burn all their "vanities" (including paintings by the leading artists of the day, which we would have loved to have) and dropping it from the leading center of art and culture in northern Italy to a provincial backwater. He was eventually condemned and burned as a heretic, but the damage was done - and the cultural center of Italy shifted irrevocably back to Rome.

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:29:36 PM PST

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    •  I may check that out (0+ / 0-)

      I'm half Italian and really don't know much about the old city states there, some of which were amazingly powerful at the time.  It is something I have always meant to look into.

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