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Maya Prezi

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Transcript of Maya Prezi

RELIGION
ANCIENT MAYA By Adam Keim
The Maya had a very complex polytheistic religion that governed most of their daily lives
They had a Sun god, Moon God, 4 Rain Gods, Corn God, and A "Supreme Being"
Their everyday lives were almost completely dictated by their religion
They believed that sacrifice was necessary to please the gods. Children were sacrificed for large favors as they were believed to be more pure and innocent than adults
WORK & ECONOMY
Most lower class Maya were peasants or farmers. The middle class was mostly comprised of warriors
Farmers could be drafted into the army to become warriors in times of war
Even though peasants were lower class, they supported the bulk of the Maya civilization
BUILDINGS, SHELTERS, AND MONUMENTS
The Maya had a wide variety of buildings. Each one had its own purpose.
The Maya had sacrificial temples shaped like pyramids
They also had smaller huts or houses for individual families
Large palaces for kings and rulers
FAMILY AND KIN
The Maya marriage ritual was an intricate and elaborate process
The couple to be married was sent into a marriage hut built by the friends and relatives of the parents, where they would sit and stare at a fire
The next morning, they would just start their lives together
Adultery was punishable by dropping a rock onto a spouse's head from "A high height"
The Maya government system was based around chieftains, though priests had a large amount of control too
Priests had a very high authority
There was one chieftain for every large city, and then several smaller ones for every city-state
The ruling class lived in much more luxury than the common people
GOVERNMENT AND RULES
FOOD AND FASHION
The Maya were very in touch with their natural surroundings
Pretty much everything they ate or used was natural
They had a corn-based diet
They believed in potions made from a myriad of disgusting ingredients
Their writing and numbering system was the most advanced of their time
Their numbering system contained a zero, letting them write large numbers more easily
Their lettering system was comprised of intricate pictographs
WRITING AND COMMUNICATION
Most Maya art had a focus on religion or the upper class
Most art was made out of stone or pottery
The art depicted religious figures, such as gods, or sometimes high ranking officials like kings.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
The Maya played a game called pok-a-tok
A Pok-A-Tok Court was tlited in on the sides
Pok-A-Tok was only played by very skilled men
Spectators bet on the outcome of the game
SPORTS AND RECREATION
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