Ancient Mayan

Ancient Mayan family life
Ancient Mayan family life
From the contents of graves and burial caches, the architecture of ordinary houses, and scenes painted on pottery, people are learning what an average Maya day was like. The typical Maya family (averaging five to seven members, archaeologists…
What happened to the ancient Mayans?
What happened to the ancient Mayans?
That’s the translation of Och Chan Yopaat, the name of an ancient Maya ruler whose likeness dominates a remarkable carving discovered last month in a Guatemala pyramid. The carving, which depicts the ruler atop a mountain spirit, provides important clues about changes in power as Maya groups warred against…
Ancient Mayan Education system
Ancient Mayan Education system
History India has a long history of organized education. The Gurukul system of education is one of the oldest on earth, and was dedicated to the highest ideals of all-round human development: physical, mental and spiritual. Gurukuls were traditional Hindu residential schools of learning; typically the…
Ancient Mayan art and architecture
Ancient Mayan art and architecture
The definitive guide to the art and architecture of one of the world’s most enigmatic civilizations, now completely revised Second edition ‘An eloquently written, beautifully illustrated, and completely up-to-date guide to the glories produced by ancient Maya artists, scribes, and architects’ – Michael…
Where were the ancient Mayans located?
Where were the ancient Mayans located?
The ancient Mayans may have had enough engineering know-how to master running water, creating fountains and even toilets by controlling water pressure, scientists now suggest. Perhaps the earliest known example of the intentional creation of water pressure was found on the island of Crete in a Minoan…
Ancient Mayan trade
Ancient Mayan trade
The ancient Maya achieved compelling and impressive socio-economic complexity during pre-conquest period. Extraordinary ancient cities such as Tikal and Caracol are scattered through out eastern Mexico and Guatemala. These economic centers exemplify the economic might and wealth of the ancient civilization…
Ancient Mayan temples
Ancient Mayan temples
Known as the epicenter of the ancient Maya world, Belize once was home to more than 2 million Mayas. Sacred temples, pyramids, advanced science, agriculture, mathematics, palaces, and awesome structures are their legacy. Without the use of iron or the wheel, the civilization reached its zenith at the…
Ancient Mayan government
Ancient Mayan government
By Gary Vey for viewzone News of Ancient Mayan Artefacts Since late 2011, a story has been circulating around various websites of a cache of carved stones and clay tablets that were allegedly discovered in an old Mayan temple. These artefacts bare images of classic, saucer-shaped flying craft and the…
Ancient Mayan economy
Ancient Mayan economy
Book Description: Trading was the favorite occupation of the Maya, according to early Spanish observers such as Fray Diego de Landa (1566). Yet scholars of the Maya have long dismissed trade-specifically, market exchange-as unimportant. They argue that the Maya subsisted primarily on agriculture, with…
Maya rain god
Maya rain god
Fig. 1. El Castillo, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. Photo by the author Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988, the pre-Hispanic city of Chichen Itza, Mexico, currently receives over two million visitors per year (fig. 1). The city itself was settled in the Early Classic Period (ca. A.D. 250–550)…
Ancient Mayan masks
Ancient Mayan masks
The mask—5 meters (16.5 feet) wide and 3 meters (10 feet) tall—was stunning. But what made it truly remarkable was its age, dating back to around 200 to 150 B.C., a millennium before what is considered the height of Maya civilization. The early years of Maya civilization, the so-called pre-classic period—from…
Ancient Mayan leaders
Ancient Mayan leaders
The majority of indigenous peoples in Guatemala are of Mayan descent. The Maya are essentially a regional group. In all an estimated 5 million Mayans live in the different Central American countries, The Mayans of Guatemala are the only indigenous culture that constitutes a majority of the population…
Where was the ancient Mayan civilization located?
Where was the ancient Mayan civilization located?
The mysterious Olmec civilization prospered in Pre-Classical (Formative) Mesoamerica from c. 1200 BCE to c. 400 BCE and is generally considered the forerunner of all subsequent Mesoamerican cultures such as the Maya and Aztecs. Centred in the Gulf of Mexico (now the states of Veracruz and Tabasco) their…
Ancient Mayan currency
Ancient Mayan currency
Europeans first discovered chocolate in 1519 when the explorer Cortes and his men drank “chocolatl” with the Aztec emperor, Moctezuma. The ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures, however, cultivated and traded cacao for many centuries before the Europeans even considered sailing away from their coastline…
Ancient Mayan farming
Ancient Mayan farming
Mayan Agriculture and Diet The ancient Maya had diverse and sophisticated methods of food production. It was formerly believed that shifting cultivation (swidden) agriculture provided most of their food but it is now thought that permanent raised fields, terracing, forest gardens, managed fallows, and…
Maya civilization in Belize
Maya civilization in Belize
For us to appreciate the extent and the significance of the Maya and Spanish contact period (i.e. when the Spaniards came into contact with the indigenous people in the early 16th century) and for a century and a half later, we must first liberate our minds from the artificial frontiers that were later…
Ancient Mayan Religious
Ancient Mayan Religious
[From the Theosophical Encyclopedia Website; here slightly revised in content and adapted to Theosophy Forward style] Mayan civilization, which began in the lowlands of Guatamala at least 1 BCE, flourished from the mid-third to tenth centuries CE in the Yucatán (which included its principal city, Chichén…
Maya Central America
Maya Central America
Experience the end of history! Discover for yourself the mystery that is the Mayan Calendar. The Ruta Maya is a 2, 700 km bicycle expedition across Central America, passing through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala & Belize. Amble through the Mayan ruins at Tikal, Copan & Lamani…