Ancient Mayan Civilization

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Ancient Mayan Civilization

The Mayan civilization was located in the penninsula of Mexico. The land was covered with bogs or swamps. The topography of the area greatly varied from volcanic mountains which compromised the highlands in the south to porous limestone shelf, known as the lowlands in the central and northern regions. The southern portion of the lowlands was covered by a rainforest with an average height of about 150 feet. Both the, highlands and lowlands were important to the presence of the trade within the Mayan civilization.


The Maya calendar is a system of calendars used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and in many communties in highland Guatamala and in Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico. The Maya calendar consists of several cycles, or counts of different lengths. The 260 day count is known to scholars as Tzolkin. The 365 day count calendar that is used today, is a direct link to the Mayans.

Lasting Impact

The Mayans' left their impact through education and innovations.


The World of Mayans


The Mayans believed in many gods such as: the fire god. To please the gods they would give sacrifices and leave food out by their doors to feed the gods. Mayans would have ceremonies to represent the gods, give thanks to them and give prayers to bring good luck over their tribe and have an honorable crop seasons. During their ceremony they would have ritual dances and great big fires to summon the gods. At night they would sleep by this fire to have good dreams and the fire would protect them from any nightmares to enter their thoughts.

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