Moche Empire

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Political: The Moche did not establish a formal empire or create unified political structures.

Interaction with the Environment: The Moche maintained large herds of alpacas and llamas to transport goods across the region's difficult terrain. They lived with their families in one-room buildings clustered in the outlying areas of cities and in surrounding agricultural zones.

Economical: Wealth and power among the Moche was concentrated and put in the hands of priests and military leaders. The residences of the elite were constructed atop large platforms at Moche ceremonial centers.

Militaristic: The military of the Moche was made up of Warrier-Priests. They became central to the politico-religious life of the Moche.

Artistic: Woman had a special role in the production of textiles; even elite women devoted time to weaving. Moche potters produced highly individualized portrait vases and decorated other vessels with line drawings representing myths and rituals. The most original Moche ceramic vessels depict explicit sexual acts.

Social: Moche people lived with their families in one-room buildings clustered in the outlying areas of cities and in surrounding agricultural zones.

Technological: The Moche cultivated maize, quinoa, beans, manioc, and sweet potatoes with the aid of massive irrigation works. Also, they made complex networks of canals and aqueducts that connected fields with water sources as far away as 75 miles.

Educational: Without written sources, a detailed history of the Moche education cannot be presented.

Religious: The Moche were a civilization with an extremely organized religion. On their pottery, they have pictures depicting ceremonial sacrifices, religious practices, and scenes of warfare. These pictures helped archaeologists tremendously with the interpretation of the Moche religion.

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