Mayan astronomy project

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Mayan astronomy project

In their free time members of the Mayan civilaztion enjoyed playing games such as a particular ball game where if you won you recieved fine jewelry, but on the other hand if you lost you werent sent to the highest priest who decapitated you then proceeded to roll your limbs down the stairs of the castle.

Mayan civilizations started in 2600 B.C. and although the Mayans still exist to day thier civilizations started to fall apart in the 1200's. They no longer live in big cities such as Chichen Itza.

The Mayans

By: Jack, Dylan, Micheal, and Katie

At the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, the Sun gradually illuminates the pyramid stairs and the serpent head at its base, creating the image of a snake slithering down the sacred mountain to Earth.

http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/civil/maya/mmc07eng.shtml

Of all the world's ancient calendar systems, the Mayan's are the most complex, intricate and accurate. The 365-day Maya cycles is almost exactly equal to the actual solar year in the tropics, with only a 19-minute margin of error.

Many say the Mayan's were excellent doctors. For an example Mayan doctors used a complex blen of mind, body, religion, ritual, and science to heal the sick and wounded.

http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/mayas.htm

The Maya had a complex religion with a huge pantheon of gods. In the Mayan worldview, the plane on which we live is just one level of a multi-layered universe made up of 13 heavens and nine underworlds. Each of these planes is ruled by a specific god and inhabited by others. Hunab Ku was the creator god and various other gods were responsible for forces of nature, such as Chac, the rain god.

Mayan rulers were considered to be divine and traced their geneologies back to prove their descendence from the gods.

http://www.kidspast.com/world-history/0276-mayan-science.php

http://www.chichen-itza.co.uk/


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