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Mayan Contributions On Our World Today

Many ways the Mayan culture has contributed to our world today.
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Noah Hastings

on 28 September 2012

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Transcript of Mayan Contributions On Our World Today

Mayan Contributions By: Justus and Noah Chocolate Though Cortés learned of chocolate from the Aztecs, they had gotten it through trade with the Maya, who first invented it about 3,000 years ago. Maya and Aztec people drank their chocolate bitter and spicy, sugar was unknown before the conquest. Even today, chocolate in the Yucatán may be flavored with paprika, annatto or pepper. But it was more than a drink to the Maya, who believed it came from the gods and formed a bridge between heaven and earth. Cacao seeds were an early form of money, and archaeologists have discovered fake seeds made of clay. Writing System The Mayans were one of the first civilizations to develop an advanced writing system. Instead of letters, they used hieroglyphics, and they had hundreds of symbols (or glyphs) they used Mayan Calender The Mayans made many contributions to our world today. One of these contributions is the Mayan Calender. The Mayan Calender was the first great invention that helped keep track of time. Over the years there calendar has been modified or changed to what our calendar is today. Mayan Culture Mayan Culture Mayan Culture Writing System The Mayans evolved the only true written system native to the Americas and were masters of mathematics and engineering. The Mayan hieroglyphics were deciphered in the 19th and 20th centuries. Once we deciphered them, we learned more of what they thought about astrology, numbers, and there calender. Mayan Inventions Religion The Mayan religion is categorized by the worship of nature gods, as in the god of corn, the god of sun, the god of rain. Some aspects of Mayan religion survive today among the Mayan Indians of Mexico and Central America. Temples Hundreds of ceremonial Mayan temples are found across a large area of southern Mexico. Some are restored and researched extensively, while others lie under centuries of jungle growth. Math The Mayans were very interested in math. They came up with their own number system which was believed to be better than the Romans. Their system consisted of various lines and dots also they were the only ancient civilization to understand the concept of zero. The Mayans studied the stars and the patterns they made. They tracked the movement of the stars and planets across the sky, and were able to accurately predict events such as eclipses. Also this how they created their calender. Astronomy 1. What did the Mayans use cocoa beans for?
2. How was the Mayan calender made?
3. What did the Mayans really good at studying?
4. Why was chocolate made into a bitter drink and not a sweet one like today?
5. What was a farming technique developed by the Mayans? 5 Questions Farming The Mayans learned to deal with the swamps and marshes by creating an irrigation system. Which allowed them to farm in areas such as these.
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