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Mayan History and Culture

Mayan dress usually consisted of cloth, gold, and local vegetation.

The mayaare an indigenous people of Mexico and Central America who have continuously inhabited the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. The designation Maya comes from the ancient Yucatan city of Mayapan, the last capital of a Mayan Kingdom in the Post-Classic Period. The Maya people refer to themselves by ethnicity and language bonds such as Quiche in th south or Yucatec in the north (though there are many others).The `Mysterious Maya’ have intrigued the world since their `discovery’ in the 1840's by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood but, in reality, much of the culture is not that mysterious when understood. Contrary to popular imagination, the Maya did not vanish and the descendants of the people who built the great cities of Chichen Itza, Bonampak, Uxmal and Altun Ha still exist on the same lands their ancestors did and continue to practice, sometimes in a modified form, the same rituals which would be recognized by a native of the land one thousand years ago

Mayan History and Culture By Taylor Clayton

Mayan Calendar, believed to predict "the end of time"

Mayan Architechture often consisted of pyramid-style stacked blocks

The Maya civilization was never unified; rather, it consisted of numerous small states, ruled by kings, each apparently centred on a city. Sometimes, a stronger Maya state would dominate a weaker state and be able to exact tribute and labor from it.


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