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The Mayan Civilization

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seth warren

on 9 September 2014

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Transcript of The Mayan Civilization

Complex Institutions
Technology
Specialized Workers
Record Keeping
Farmers
Created a calendar system
Math
Astronomy
Scribes
Writing system
Consisted of small states
Advanced Cities
Mayan Civilization
The Mayan Civilization
Specialized workers
Record Keeping
Technology
Advanced Cities
Complex Institutions
Tikal- Center of their culture
Compan
Palengne
Monumental agriculture
Temples
Pyramids
Palaces
Elaborate stone carvings- They were for the gods and the rulers
Made arrowheads
Had coaco beans as currency
Made complicated looms
Used rubber to make things more durable
Sources
Widespread Trade
Religion- Polytheism
Dynasties
Sports
Handball/ Bigball
They believed playing this sport would make the sky rain and continue the cycle of the sun and moon
exchanged local products: salt, flint, feathers, honey and shells to places who lacked them
Each city linked through alliances and trade.
Also traded cotton textiles and jade ornaments.
Popol Vuh- the book of the community
Ruler-Kuhul Ajaw
Claimed to mediators between the Gods and the mortals.
Upper class- Mayan king
Noble class- Priest and leading warriors
Lower class- Merchants and Artisans
Lowest- Peasants
Glyphs
Had over 800 hieroglyphic symbols
The Popol Vuh was a book about a story of creation.
Used the slash and burn tactic for farming
Also used "nixtamal" (soaking the corn fields with lime then cooked, which increases the nutrition in the corn)
Builders
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Had a labor tax to build palaces and temples
Warriors
Priests
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