Important parts of Mayan life:
- Maya life was centered around their religion and gods of nature. - The Mayans believed that the universe was made up of two separate worlds, Paradise and the Underworld. - Itzamna was the most important god. - The Mayans believed that blood powered gods, but did not sacrifice too often. - They used religion to explain how things worked. - There was a social pyramid in every city-state.
The Mayans were very successful in the Classic Period (300-900 CE) - There were breakthroughs in astronomy and mathematics. - The Mayans used a 260 day sacred calendar and a 365 day solar calendar. - The Mayans excelled in architecture, paints, and art. - They used hieroglyphics and carvings of gods and rulers because these gods and people were important to society.