The Mayans


What are their cities iike?

Temples pyramid were the most striking feature of a Classic Maya city. They were built from hand-cut limestone blocks and towered over all surrounding structures.

How did the Mayans dress like?

The ancient Maya are well-known for their exotic, vibrant, appearances and practice of unusual body modifications.

What did Mayans eat?

Produce the ancient Maya ate includes manioc, sapodilla fruit, jicama, sweet potatoes, cacao tree fruit, tomatoes, avocados, macal (for its leaves, tubers and shoots) and chili peppers as well as corn, beans -- particularly black beans -- and squash. The Maya also ate green vegetables like chaya (Jatropha aconitifolia.)

How did they get food?

Processing Produce
The ancient Maya processed their corn by boiling it with snail shells or with white lime. The process, known today as nixtamalization, made the corn's niacin available.

How many people lived in their civilization?

22 million pei

What Kind of gods did they believe in?

The Maya worshipped a pantheon of nature gods, each of which had both a benevolent side and a malevolent side. The most important deity was the supreme god Itzamná, the creator god, the god of the fire and god of the hearth.

How were their families and society structured?

Maya society was rigidly divided between nobles, commoners, serfs, and slaves. The noble class was complex and specialized. Noble status and the occupation in which a noble served were passed on through elite family lineages.

What kind of stories did they tell?

  1. The legend of the Aluxes: mystical beings that since the beginning of time take care of their owners.
  2. The legend of Xtabay: a story that gives life to a liquor found in the Yucatan Peninsula.
  3. The love story of Sac-Nicte & Canek: one of the many legends that explain the abandonment of Chichen Itza.
  4. The legend of the Uxmal dwarf: an unlikely king who builds spectacular structures and made a city grow.

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