Amazing Mayan Culture
Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
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Their collapse is said to be due to a few circumstances. First their population grew significantly along with more demand for land and resources which started to disappear after so many hundreds of years of use. Many skeletal remains show malnutrition and early death. There is also evidence of major changes in the climate with intense droughts and disastrous flooding making the land less habitable. In a way it sounds like what is happening today and makes me wonder if a thousands of years from now someone may discover the the sunken city of New York.
I will highlight some points below and then just enjoy the pictures:
·Believed they were born from the flower of corn
·Believed in a type of heaven where the afterlife was better than this life.
·Used cocoa beans for money
·Understood the concept of zero
·Had a developed alphabet (glyphs) and numerical systems reading from top to bottom and right to left
·Knew the world was round and that four elder men carried the world on their shoulders rising and falling each day
·Advanced calendar system with 13 month calendar
·Played a ballgame to appease and balance the Gods/world where the best player was sacrificed
There are numerous other interesting points but would take a lot of explaining. Some of the original sculptures have been moved to museums for preservation while other have been covered by roofs for preservation. Enjoy the pics!