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Maya Kings and cities

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Hilda Gallardo

on 2 October 2015

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Transcript of Maya Kings and cities

Maya Kings and Cities
Urban Centers
City States
Social Classes
Chichen Itza
God Kings
Maya Religion
Gods are associated with the four directions
Prayers and offerings
Pierce and cut bodies
Human Sacrifice
Practiced in times of need and despair to please the gods.
Piercing of the tongue to release blood that would be collected in a bowl as a sacrifice to restore order and life.
Only performed by the elite and the noble.
Human Sacrifice
Ms. G's Experience with the Maya
Belize Valley Archaeology
Reconaissance Project
Summer of 2009
Future work I want to do
"We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism."
--Rigoberta Mench'u Tum, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize.
6 million Maya today
Most Maya families are maize farmers and they still use the slash and burn method for their milpas.
Archaeology of Maya
settlements and their
Work alongside with
local indigenous groups
to preserve culture, teach
in local Maya communities.
Actun Tunichil Muknal
What was life like
for the common Maya
Baking Pot, Belize
Medicine and Surgical Procedures
The Mayas sutured wounds with human hair, reduced fractures, and used casts.
Used obsidian blades to
perform surgeries. Green or black
volcanic rock used for weapons, and
medical procedures
Dental Decorations
Plants used for cures
and to ease pain
Maya Calendar; The end of the world?
On, the December solstice sun will be found in the band of the Milky Way. We can call this an alignment between the galactic plane and the solstice meridian. This is an event that has slowly converged over a period of thousands of years, and is caused by the precession of the equinoxes. It will mark the time it took the sun to end up on the band of the Milky Way.
Some historians find that in some way the Maya today are still facing or dealing with circumstances as a result of the Age of Exploration and Colonization. What might some of those effects be? What changes or rights should the Maya people recieve today?
Critical Thinking
Popul Vuh: original book
by the Maya that recounts
their story of creation
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