The Mayans used symbolic signs to represent things.
I am a Mayan King! I was believed to be part human and god. I am the highest class of the society.
Mayan nobles were in the same class as priests. They collected taxes, supervised construction projects and led armies.
The Mayans used a slash and burn method for agriculture. They first cut trees and burn them down to clear the land. It made the land bad for growing food, but the land that the Mayans grew on was already terrible.
Mayan artisans and traders made their own products and traded with other people. The artisans made sculptures for temples.
The second to last class were the peasants. They had to farm and build the temples. They were sometimes allowed to go to ceremonies.
The last class were the slaves. They were owned by their masters and did whatever they were told to do. Some were sacrificed at ceremonies.