Facts About the Ancient Olmec

The Olmecs were an important early Mesoamerican civilization that had a great influence on later cultures such as the Aztecs and Maya.

They Were the First Major Mesoamerican Culture

Much of Their Culture Has Been Lost

They Had a Rich Religion

They Had Gods

They Were Extremely Talented Artists and Sculptors

 They Were Talented Architects and Engineers

The Olmec Were Diligent Traders

 The Olmec Were Organized Under Strong Political Power

The Olmec cities were ruled by a family of ruler-shamans who exercised enormous power over their subjects. This is seen in his public works

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