Imponents Of The Mayan Civilization

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Beginning in around 1800 B.C., the Mayan civilization had many components. The Maya believed in many rituals and practices as well as many gods and myths. They also believed in a series of creation stories. Mythology allowed the Maya to express themselves in different ways and devote themselves to something greater than themselves. In Mayan Mythology, there were many ways that humans could connect to the gods. Before the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Central America, one of the largest and most advanced civilizations of the Western Hemisphere belonged to the Maya. The Maya practiced agriculture, used a form of hieroglyphics, and built buildings and pyramid temples from stone (The Editors of Encyclopedia Brittanica). The Maya used bark from wild fig trees as paper. They wrote their hieroglyphics on this paper and made them into books, called codices (The Editors of Encyclopedia Brittanica). These stone buildings and temples eventually turned into extensive stone cities with ceremonial centers, which contributed to the period of Maya’s greatest power, success, and wealth. This period of heightened power, success, and wealth took place from around 300 A.D. to 900 A.D.(“Mayan Mythology”). At the height of the Mayan civilization, there were more than 40 cities. Each city held a population that fell between 5,000 and 50,000 people. Some of the major cities included Tikal, Uaxactún, Dos Pilas, and Palenque (The Editors of Encyclopedia Brittanica). These major cities held many

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