The Aztec societies are divided into 3 classes- slaves, commoners, and nobility.
The slaves are usually made out of children of poor parents, they are usually
sold for a certain period of time, what different from their society to others
is that their slave can eventually buy back their freedom. Not only are those,
the slaves that manage to escape and reached the royal palace being given the
The Commoners are made of many group of people, they are known as the
macehualtin, they engage in agriculture and common trades. If they are involve
in agriculture, usually they work in other peoples land, what unique is that
they are allowed to keep the produce. Commoners were given lifetime ownership of
an area of land. The lowest group of commoners was not allowed to own property.
They were tenant farmers; they just got to use the land and never be owners. The
lower social orders were made up by peasants, who like the European serfs, were
attached to the lands owned by the nobility and were obliged to cultivate them
in exchange for part of the harvest.
The Nobility was people who have rights during birth; these people are the
priest, kings and those who earn their rank. These higher societies are occupied
by minority families.
In Aztec society, warriors, priests, and the nobility were considered to be
among the most respected in the Aztecan social hierarchy Because of the Aztecs'
emphasis on warfare, the warrior class was highly valued, and often warriors
would volunteer for the most important Aztec sacrificial rituals. The long
distance traders also enjoyed considerable privileges and often served the
government as ambassadors and spies. The most outstanding artisans, physicians
and truly wise teachers were also highly respected.