Mayan social structure for Kids

Maya Empire for KidsMaya Social Structure
July 9, 2017 – 10:15 am
Picture

The social structure in the Maya Empire was set. It was very difficult to move upwards. Status was usually hereditary. Occupations for Maya men was limited to their father's occupation. If your father was a farmer, you were a farmer. If your father made bricks, you made bricks. There were some exceptions, but they were rare. Women, however, could be involved in government, economics, and religion, as well as responsible for hearth, home, and children. Still, Maya women could not marry outside their social class.

Social Classes, the Caste System: A caste system is a very rigid social system in which you are born into a social position and cannot leave that position. In a caste system you are required to marry within your own caste. The upper caste was composed of rulers, nobles and priests. The middle caste were businessmen, merchants and soldiers. The lower caste was made up of farmers and slaves.

Rulers: Each city had a ruling family. That family lived a life of luxury. During religious ceremonies, rulers wore headdresses that were taller than they were. Rulers held hereditary positions. Sons inherited their right to rule from their fathers. The only way a new ruling family could take over would be by war. This is one reason fights and wars between Maya cities were common.

Nobles and Priests: The only people who could read and write in the ancient Maya world were most of the priests and some of the nobles.

Priests: The most powerful people in the ancient Maya Empire were not the ruling families; the most powerful were the priests. The common people brought the priests tributes or gifts and provided free manual labor for whatever they needed. They did this because the people believed the priests could talk to the Maya gods. Priests lived a life of luxury with servants and attendants. They usually lived away from the common people. Except at the major festivals, the people who supported the priests rarely saw them.

Nobles: Nobles did not have to pay taxes. They did not need to produce anything, although some had jobs. Those who wanted them were given jobs in civil service, as military leaders, and as business leaders in commerce and trade. Most nobles had a great deal of free time and lived lives of luxury.

Merchants and Craftsmen: The Maya didn't have a middle class, so merchants and craftsmen were either nobles or peasants creating art or running a business. For those craftsmen who were peasants, their life was a step up from the life of a farmer, but they could not act like or dress like a noble. They were peasants and if they forgot that, they risked death.

Source: mayas.mrdonn.org
Rubies - Domestic Rubie's Costume Child's Mayan Warrior Chinless Horror Mask
Toy (Rubies - Domestic)
  • Vinyl 3/4 mask
  • Skull with upper teeth wearing ancient Mayan head-dress
  • Chinless feature aids in comfort
  • Team up with other ghoulish monster masks from Rubie s for a group theme
  • Rubie s Costume Company has been bringing costumes and accessories to the world since 1950
Luxlady Inc Luxlady Natural Rubber Large Table Mat IMAGE ID: 31500924 Mayan Wooden Masks for Sale
Home (Luxlady Inc)
  • MADE IN USA. Made of Natural Rubber.
  • Size Measure 28.4 x 17.7 x 0.2 Inches
  • NON-SLIP natural rubber base to enhance precise tracking, effortless control and steady surface support
  • Absorbs sweating or spilled drinks without making a mess. Hand wash with mild soap and dry thoroughly.
  • One piece per order
ezyoutdoor Ezyoutdoor Winter Thermal FLEECE Swat Ski Neck Hoods Full Face Mask Cover Hat Cap for Riding Cycling Hunting Fishing Walking Outdoor Sport (orange)
Sports (ezyoutdoor)
  • Unisex Fleece Thermal Balaclava
  • Condition: 100% Brand New and high quality
  • Size(Approx): One Size Fit Most.
  • Color: orange
  • package:1 piece of hat ;Lifetime warranty. 7-15 shipping days with tracking number by USPS
Tribal Tee Kids Ancient Mayan Mask T-Shirt - Mexican Aztec Symbol Charm Tee 4 Royal Blue
Apparel (Tribal Tee)
  • Ancient Mayan Mask T-Shirt - Vintage Aztec Mexican Symbol Tribal Native American Charm Tee
  • Vintage style ancient ceremonial ritual mask tee. Great gift tshirt for history buffs, antique masks enthusiasts, fans of ancient mayans, tribes and native American...
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem
Liili Products Liili Premium Large Table Mat 28.4 x 17.7 x 0.2 inches Mexican decoration plates in a Mayan souvenir shop Photo 4537717
Home (Liili Products)
  • MADE IN USA. Designed, Printed and Shipped out of our California Facility. Item is sold under our Private Brand Liili ONLY.
  • State of Art printing technology, 8-Color offset lithography printing to ensure the HIGH RESOLUTION, LONG LASTING and exceptional image Quality.
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 17.7 x 0.2 inches
  • The weave also provides a nice, comfortable feel under your hand, Minimizing Fatigue over extended periods of time.
  • Our products are HANDMADE and Custom Printed upon Order. High quality cloth weave surface bonded to a special NON-SLIP natural Eco-Friendly rubber base to enhance...
Popular Q&A
avatar
What is good info. About the aztec.

It was against the law to be drunk in public in the Aztec empire, unless you were over 70 years old! use the link for more info!

avatar
What is some info on the Aztecs.

The Aztec people/tribe were certain ethnic groups of central Mexico, particularly those groups who spoke the Nahuatl language and who dominated large parts of Mesoamerica in t

Related Posts