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The Olmec

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Obstacles come across-
 
heavy rains
flooded rivers
swampy land
dense jungles
extremely fast plant growth
 
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The Olmec ran into challeges, but could over come them by...
 
catching crocdile, fish, shellfish, and aquatic birds
 
burning sections of the jungle so they were able to farm
 
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The Class System
 
There was an elite class, who told people what to do and when to do it. They also helped with easy, clean jobs.
 
There was also a class that consisted of commoners that did what the elites told them to, they normally did the dirty jobs.
 
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Religion of the Olmec
 
People looked to the priest-kings for communication with gods and for the right and wrong things to do.
 
The main god of the Olmecs was a Jaguar-Man, and they did rituals to please him.
 
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Trade
 
Trading was important to the Olmec because they could obtain Jade which was very precious to them.
 
They traveled to many places for example Mexico, Guatamala and El Salvador.
 
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Other
 
We know what we know about the Olmec becasue of their many artifacts, like the giant heads.
 
They were probably killed in the war over trade.