Ancient Mayan

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…
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…