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Metztlikua Culture #02:
Slavery.

 

Slavery in Metztlitlalio has always been a key component of Metztlikua culture, especially due to the lack of animals of burden within the Metztli half of the peninsula. The vast majority of slaves were considered Tlateqopnōsitlame, and covered a wide range of tasks, from simple farming to maids and even presents.

 

Slaves within Metztli religion were considered quite highly, as people put to be of service to Kipatli and the life be brought, and were banned from ever being used as a sacrifice in temples. Children born from slaves were to be brought to the temples to either become a priest or a warrior, depending on their classification of either Tlateqopnōsitlame or Taryakanaqōsitlame. However due to the nature of Metztlitlalio in the past and even in modern day, more disconnected areas were subject to have people born into slavery and other unsavoury ideas. Other laws within Metztlitlalio required that there was a dedicated room to the slaves (however the size is not stated, leading to many just giving them a small wooden closet, called a Tlakoyokotli.

 

When Limonaia conquered the Crescent Empire, many of the aristocrats that survived and obeyed Limonaia were given Huang slaves, many of these slaves ended up being freed however, as they could not understand Nawat, soon congregating to form their own villages and towns that dot the areas just beyond major rivers and cities. Many still speaking their own distinct dialects of Huang. Many of the Faloki mining slaves brought over by Limonaia gained freedom once iron exports begun to dwindle on the south-western coast, the predecessors to the modern day Faloki ethnic group of Metztlitlalio. Within the Yatotla, slavery is more commonly found as house slaves then labour slaves, unlike the rest of the nation. However standards for slaves are significantly higher then that of the national average, however are paradoxically more oppressed, automatically a slave if their parents are slaves also, due to the Metztli religion holding less power within the autonomous Kalpolli.

 

Officially, 5.6% of the population has been registered as slaves. However actual numbers are more likely to be in the low to mid 10s%, as most slaves are owned by rural farmers, with those accounted for either working or living near large population centres, or within the mines.

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