Mayan Civilization

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Mayan Civilization

Mayan Civilization

Maya InformationThe Mayans were very advanced in science, math, art, and other parts of their culture. Their social class consisted of the high class people: kings, princes, and priests, then the middle class people who were the craftsman, and the low-class peasants. The high class Mayans were very wealthy, wore fancy clothings, and had ornaments on their neck usually made of jade. The middle class people consisted of people such as craftsmen who worked with jade, obsidian, and other materials such as onyx, weavers, and more. The low class people consisted of farmers and other low skilled workers. The Mayans also had a different way to write, count, and add numbers. They used something called a vigesimal system, which used twenty as the base number rather than ten. One dot was equivalent to one, one line was equivalent to five, and a cocoa bean represented twenty. To add, you would add the number of lines, dots, and cocoa beans to create the sum. The Mayans had a very complex calendar. They had names for each year and had two different cycles: festive cycle and prophetic cycle. They named each year after different animals and plants, and wouldn’t repeat for 52 years. Mayan houses were well built and simple. Houses were made of bajareque which were sticks and reeds with mud. The roofs were made of grasses and palm fronds and were angled to prevent water from leaking. Inside the house, they would have mats for sleeping and sitting, few pots, and some fabric to carry large items. All of the cooking would be done outside. The Mayans lived a very peaceful life and had many useful systems that assisted them day to day.

The yellow highlighted part of this map represents where the Mayans settled at. They were nearby Aztec and Olmec territory. Today, this is around where Mexico and Guatemala is at.

Mayans are somewhat dark and have black hair. Since they settled near the equator, it was very hot and humid where they settled, which means that many plants could grow there.

The Mayans built many pyramids in their area. The pyramids were built for each of their gods. The also had palaces that were pyramids also.

Loss of Indigenous AutonomyThe loss of indigenous autonomy is something significant. When the Europeans began to settle in the Americas, they took over land that originally belonged to the Native Americans, and stripped away their rights. For example, the Lakota tribe's land, the sacred Black Hills, were taken away from them, which caused a huge massacre. It's not only the Lakota in which almost everything was taken from them, but also other tribes all across the Americas. Imagine a group of foreigners immigrating to the US and they took away your home, your family, and your rights. That is what happened to the native Americans. The European settlers took everything from what rightfully belonged to the tribes, and that is why the loss of indigenous autonomy should not be ignored.

Though not shown in this photo, in each Mayan “village”, they had roads they could walk on connecting the pyramid temples to the palace to the ball game court and so on.

At Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, Mayan ruins are located. Many tourists are lining up to take a peek at the ancient palace.

by Anthony Kim

Location - Map

Place - The People

Human Environment Interaction - Mayan Pyramid

Movement - Roads

Other Images - Tourism

MLA Bibliography

"Civilizations of Central and South America, ca. 200 B.C.-A.D. 1500." Map. World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras.ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 30 Sept. 2013.

Mayan Ritual In Front Of Temple I, Grand Plaza, Tikal , Mayan Archaeological Site, Guatemala, Central America. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 29 Sep 2013.

Mayan Ruins At Tikal. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 29 Sep 2013.

"Great Plaza and Temple I at Tikal." Image. Corel. World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 6 Oct. 2013.

Mayan Ruins Of Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, North America. Photography. EncyclopædiaBritannica Image Quest. Web. 4 Oct 2013.


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