8 Interesting Facts About Mayan Civilization

8 Interesting Facts About Mayan Civilization


Elite Facts Presents 8 Interesting Facts about Mayan Civilization 8. Continuing Culture
Although the mayan civilization has taken a massive declined since their society has
been conquered, in many rural parts of Mexico and Guatemala, The Mayan language and culture
is still present showing that the culture although isn’t massive, is still alive and
well to this day! In fact, there are over seven million Mayans
living in their home regions, many of whom have managed to maintain substantial remnants
of their ancient cultural heritage. Some of these people are quite integrated
into the modern cultures of the nations in which they reside, while others continue to
live a more traditional culturally distinct life, often speaking one of the Mayan languages
as a primary language. The largest populations of contemporary Maya
inhabit the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Chiapas, and in
the Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala, and the western portions of Honduras
and El Salvador. Also on another note, They’re a biker gang
in Sons of Anarchy so at least their name sake and heritage is still being used to some
degree in modern media right?…..Right? 7. Excellent Doctors
So as it turns out, The Mayans had excellent health care and doctors. Considering how ancient their society is,
It’s surprising how advanced their knowledge of medicine, Even if it is outdated by today’s
standards. Health and medicine among the ancient Maya
was a complex blend of mind, body, religion, ritual, and science. Important to all, medicine was practiced only
by a select few who were given an excellent education. These men, called shamans, act as a medium
between the physical world and spirit world. They practice sorcery for the purpose of healing,
foresight, and control over natural events. Since medicine was so closely related to religion
and even sorcery. Back when the mayan civilization was strong,
was essential that Maya shamans had vast and extensive medical knowledge and skill. It is known that the Maya sutured wounds with
human hair, reduced fractures, and were even skilled dental surgeons, making prostheses
from jade and turquoise and filling teeth with iron pyrite. 6. Painkillers
Who would have thought in a society that incorporated blood sacrifices into their everyday lifestyle,
also knew their fair share about medicine? The people of Mayan civilizations would regularly
use hallucinogenic drugs that were taken naturally from the earth and is used in their religious
rituals. That being said, These drugs and herbs were
also used extensively outside of this rituals as they also used them in day to day life
as painkillers. Flora such as peyote, the morning glory, certain
mushrooms, tobacco, and plants used to make alcoholic substances, were widely and commonly
used by the mayans. In addition, as depicted in Maya pottery and
carvings, ritual enemas were used for a more rapid absorption and effect of the substance. 5. Mayan Childhood
Now this one is a bit messed up to say the least. The Maya desired some unnatural physical characteristics
for their children. Why any parent would want this for their child,
is beyond us, However these examples of “unique features” include the likes of using pressurized
board on the top of a very young foreheads to create a flattened surface. This process was widespread among the upper
class. Another practice was to cross babies’ eyes. To do this, objects were dangled in front
of a newborn’s eyes, until the newborn’s eyes were completely and permanently crossed. Another interesting fact about Mayan children
is that most were named according to the day they were born. Every day of the year had a specific name
for both boys and girls and parents were expected to follow that practice. 4. Ball Courts
Nothing like a good game of b-ball is there? So as it turns out, Mayans were pretty big
on ball games. So much so that they build massive courts
in order to play these games. The Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with
ritual associations played for over 3000 years by the pre-Columbian peoples of Mesoamerica. This sport was essentially basketball with
the acending hoops on either side of the court. Crazy to think huh? The sport had different versions in different
places during the millennia, and a modern version of the game, ulama, is still played
in a few places by the local indigenous population. Ballcourts were public spaces used for a variety
of elite cultural events and ritual activities like musical performances and festivals, and
of course, the ballgame. Enclosed on two sides by stepped ramps that
led to ceremonial platforms or small temples, the ball court itself was of a capital “I”
shape and could be found in all but the smallest of Maya cities. In Classic Maya, the ballgame was called pitz,
and the action of play was ti pitziil. The game was played with a ball roughly the
size of a volleyball but made from rubber. Don’t try headering this ball if you for whatever
reason decide to play soccer with it. Decapitation was also particularly associated
with this ballgame as severed heads are featured in much Late Classic ballgame art. There has even been speculation that the heads
and skulls were used as balls. Yeah, suddenly this fact took a dark turn
rather quickly. Suddenly ball games don’t sound so fun now! 3. Saunas
Nothing better than a good sauna! Saunas were very common in Mayan culture. They were an important purification element
to the ancient Maya was the sweat bath, or zumpul-ché. Pretty much similar to what you’d expect from
a modern day sauna, Sweat baths were constructed of stone walls and ceilings, with a small
opening in the top of the ceiling. Water poured onto the hot rocks in the room
created steam, offering a setting in which to sweat out impurities. These saunas were used for a variety of reasons
at it was a method of either curing or helping with a range of conditions and situations
that are taking their toll on the human body. New mothers who had recently conceived a child
would seek revitalization in them, while individuals who were sick could find healing power in
sweating. Maya kings made a habit out of visiting the
sweat baths as well because it left them feeling refreshed and, as they believed, cleaner. 2. Life Goes On
We all know about the Mayan calendar. December 21st 2012 marked the end of the world
as it was supposedly the final day on the mayan calendar, meaning that, that was the
end! First of all, the Mayans don’t have a calendar
they have calendars which are often interlocked. The calendar that has given rise to the myth
of the end of the world is the Mayan long count calendar. According to Mayan Mythology, we are living
in the fourth world or “creation” so to speak. The previous creation ended on 12.19.19.17.19
of the long count calendar. That sequence occurred again on December 20,
2012. According to the Mayans this is a time of
great celebration for having reached the end of a creation cycle. It wasn’t all doom and gloom as it did not
mean the end of the world but the beginning of a new “age”. Was the world going end every December 31st? No – we went on to a new year. Life went on. This is the same as the Mayan creation periods. In fact, the Mayans make many references to
dates that fall beyond 2012. The idea of 2012 being the end of the world
was actually first suggested by New Age religionist José Argüelles in his 1987 book The Mayan
Factor: Path Beyond Technology. 1. Ancient Mystery
Since it’s end, Nobody knows how the Mayan Empire declined. For reasons that are still debated, the Maya
centers of the southern lowlands went into decline during the 8th and 9th centuries and
were abandoned shortly thereafter. This decline was coupled with a cessation
of monumental inscriptions and large-scale architectural construction. Non-ecological theories of Maya decline are
divided into several subcategories, such as overpopulation, foreign invasion, peasant
revolt, and the collapse of key trade routes. Ecological hypotheses include environmental
disaster, epidemic disease, and climate change. There is evidence that the Maya population
exceeded carrying capacity of the environment including exhaustion of agricultural potential
and over-hunting of megafauna. Some scholars have recently theorized that
an intense 200 year drought led to the collapse of Maya civilization. Don’t forget to like us and subscribe
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51 thoughts on “8 Interesting Facts About Mayan Civilization

  1. Hello random people scrolling down the comments I hope you are having a wonderful day. Just a small channel hopping to get 100 subscribers I don't thinks I would get 100 subscribers but anyway🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  2. Wow. It's too bad the Mayan culture was dine in. They had it going on. Glad to hear there are still remnants still alive.

  3. Mexican want to make believe that they are real Mayas. they are over 90 % Aztecas and the mayority of Mayas people living in the south of Mexico are the real Guatemala Mayas people they cross the border during the dirty war between Guerillas and the Guatemala Goverment more than one million move to the south of Mexico because the Guatemala army were killing then. Guatemala is the heart of the Mayas Civilization more than 80 % are Mayas in Guatemala. I need to sue the person who is using the main temples Of Tikal and other temples that are in Guatemala and some of children and women the video show they arew real Guatemala people I saw this in Guatemala videos or this man need to do a good research about Mayas civilization you should ask more information to the archaeology Richard Hansen.

  4. let see….
    yes Mayans are from south America,
    north America is Canada, USA and Mexico. don't be shocked OK.
    don't confuse the Maya's and the Aztecs
    also the soccer game you talked about it's very interesting, but also very dark, the team that looses will be executed right on the spot.

  5. These guys are pretty insensitive to Mayan culture and act like they're lesser for being not as advanced

  6. I'm trying to do homework then I look at number 6 and if I wrote that down I'd be more or less scolded 😀

  7. It's easy… Acient Indians
    ✔ Maya/Carpenter .
    ✔Mayasura Carpenter of God and Demon.
    🔥Son of Ultimate Reality ..
    🔥Kingdom of Maya name Kumari Kandam

  8. basketball? in that gameball it was forbidden to use hands!!! And they never used human heads!! Shamans??? THIS IS ALL WRONG! ah, and that calendar is Aztec not Mayan, they were different civilizations of Mexico, in different time, zone and race, bah!

  9. Somebody please destroy that enema sculpture. The rest is good. Also, why would you use the Aztec calendar instead of the Mayan one in 6:43?

  10. Remember Aztalan and great law of Pease long house woodlands tribes turtle island dream smoke remember may-an's we're in Ohio State, New York ancient times 😎🖒

  11. Those people were skilled enough to build pyramids.
    Maybe Trump should let them in so they can help build his wall to keep people like them out.

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