The Maya are an indigenous people of Mexico and Central America who have continuously inhabited the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. The name Maya comes from the ancient Yucatan city of Mayapan, the people’s last capital before the civilization’s downfall.
Here are 42 awesome facts about the ancient Mayans.
31. Mysterious Maya
The Mayan civilization suffered several catastrophic collapses through their history. Archaeologists have failed to identify the reason behind the abandonment of many large cities in the 2nd and 10th century. Though referred to as a collapse, these events did not mark the end of the Mayan civilization.
30. End Of The World
Mayan calendar was designed with the alignment of the stars in mind. The end of the Mayan calendar didn’t mean that the world was ending, that simply a new astrological age was beginning.
29. Long Time Ago
Mayans believed that the Earth was created in 3114 BC. This specific date coincides with the Mayan Calendar.
28. First Come
The earliest Mayan settlement dates back to 1800 BC. The earliest Maya were farmers and grew maize, beans, squash and cassava. First major Mayan civilization, the Olmec, created the famous Mayan Calendar.
27. Beauty Standards
Mayans had many strange beauty standards that required body modification. One such practice was flattening the forehead by placing a plank of wood on a child’s forehead over a long period of a time.
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