Mayan Rituals

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Mayan bloodletting rituals
Mayan bloodletting rituals
Bloodletting-cutting part of the body to release blood-is an ancient ritual used by many Mesoamerican societies. For the ancient Maya, bloodletting rituals constituted a way to communicate with the gods and royal ancestors. This practice was usually performed by nobles through the perforation of body…
Ancient Mayan Cities
Ancient Mayan Cities
Archeologists are starting to unlock even more Maya secrets with the exciting discovery of two ancient cities in a Mexican forest. The cities, which were found in the state of Campeche, Yucatan peninsula, remained undiscovered for centuries as they were cloaked in dense vegetation, appearing as nothing…
Ancient Mayan rituals
Ancient Mayan rituals
The Maya are very well known for their huge religious ceremonies. Religion played such a large role in the Maya existence. The Maya believed in blood sacrifice and bloodletting. Kings would perform bloodletting rites for every stage in life, every important political or religious event and significant…
Mayan religious rituals
Mayan religious rituals
The Mayan religion is a polytheistic one, and the main gods are Itzamná, Kukulcán (also known as Quetzalcóatl), Bolon Tzacab and Chac. The worship of these deities has been carefully recorded thanks to the Mayan hieroglyphic language, which explained areas of their society that were based in religion…
Ancient Maya history
Ancient Maya history
Mayan History The Maya are probably the best-known of the classical civilizations of Mesoamerica. Originating in the Yucatan around 2600 B.C., they rose to prominence around A.D. 250 in present-day southern Mexico, Guatemala, western Honduras, El Salvador, and northern Belize. Building on the inherited…
Maya Funeral rituals
Maya Funeral rituals
Archaeological studies have determined that the Maya practiced both burial and cremation. The varieties of tombs range from simple holes in the ground to rich burial chambers. There is also much variety in the positions of the dead bodies, placed a thousand different ways. Generally, the dead were buried…
Mayans rituals
Mayans rituals
Ancient Mayans farmers, builders and servants left records of their daily lives with the objects they embedded in the floors and walls of their homes during rituals in which their houses were burned down and then rebuilt, giving archaeologists today a window into everyday Mayan life. Many of the more…
Astronomy religion
Astronomy religion
Is this what our own Milky Way Galaxy looks like from far away? Similar in size and design to our home galaxy, spiral galaxy NGC 3370 is about 100 million light-years away, toward the constellation Leo. Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA) This article is Part One of Two in a series on the…
Ancient Maya Timeline
Ancient Maya Timeline
On Guatemala s western coast. By 1 B.C. the Maya had spread throughout the lowland forests of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. The Maya of the Preclassic period lived in small villages in basic homes and dedicated themselves to subsistence agriculture. The major cities of the Maya, such…
Maya define
Maya define
The neutral tint is better adapted to the sister in whose eyes all things are Maya - illusion.To Him the Way, the Law, apart, Whom Maya held beneath her heart, Ananda s Lord, the Bodhisat.The Mayas had a peculiar civilization of their own, thousands of years ago, and their calendar system was so involved…
History of the Mayans
History of the Mayans
Archaeologists excavating at Xultún, a Maya site in Guatemala, have discovered a room thought to have served as a workshop for scribes and calendar priests more than 1, 200 years ago. Its walls are adorned with remarkably preserved paintings and writing, including calculations related to the Mayan calendar…