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Briefly, it is argued that these societies are based upon primitive communal villages which collectively possess and work the land. Periodically, these entities become organized under the rule of a dominant and despotic group which appropriates surplus value and arbitrarily distributes the usufruct of the land among its own members according to their office. ) The people, or dominated stratum, continue to be integrated in communal entities working the land for subsistence and to support the growing demands of the dominant group.
The dual god was also 'mother of the gods, father of the gods'. In a first manifestation of his own being his four sons were born: the white, black, red and blue 'smoking mirrors'. These gods constituted the primordial forces which set the sun in motion and created life on earth. 17 Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl, Obrat historical, i vols. (Mexico, 1891-2), 1, 211-18. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 3 2. America on the eve of the Conquest They were also responsible for the four previous, cyclical destructions of the world.
Wood was used to make fire drills, arrows, darts, clubs and the coa, or digging stick, used in agriculture. Later on, when metallurgy was practised, copper axes, hoes, punches, knives and various weapons were produced. Agricultural techniques were varied. Apart from seasonal farming, in which at times some kinds of fertilizer were employed, Mesoamerican societies made use of systems of irrigation, terracing and, above all, in the central region, introduced the famous chinampas, often described as ' floating gardens'.
A History of British Fossil Mammals and Birds by Richard Owen