Mayan Influence On The Mayans

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M The Maya were generally considered one of the greatest civilizations in North America prior to Columbus's arrival. They achieved the most developed language, the highest level of knowledge on astronomy for their time, and the most complicated calendar of all the Mesoamerican people. Behind all these advancements, they also had a pretty complex class structure, economy, and governmental system. A. In the Preclassic era of Mayan history, corn was farmed and the early Mayans laid a base for their culture, which was believed to have been influenced by the Olmec Indians near-by (Evanston). The early Mayan economy was based on agriculture and the exchange of farm goods. The Maya grew Indian corn, or maize. It was a staple food of many Indians…show more content…
Some of their best creations include: the Caracol, an astronomical observatory in Chichen-Itza, the tomb of Lord Pacal (inside the Temple of the Inscriptions), the royal palace, which was used to look out for invaders over the Usumacinta River, El Castillo, or the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, and finally the Temple of the Magician, which was rebuilt five times to follow the rounds of the Mayan calendar every fifty two years. In early Mayan history, homes were built with wattle-and-daub walls in an oval shape with a thatched roof of palmetto fronds. These homes stayed dry when it was raining, and cool when it was hot. They contained very little furniture, and were used only for eating and sleeping (Evanston). Decedents of the Maya still continue to build and live in these huts today. The great architecture was only one of the many aspects that made the Maya such an advanced…show more content…
For instance, at a very young age boards were pressed on babies’ foreheads to create a flattened surface. This process was widespread among the upper class. Another practice was to cross babies’ eyes (Coe). To do this, objects were dangled in front of a newborn’s eyes, until the newborn’s eyes were completely and permanently crossed. Another interesting fact about Mayan children is that most were named according to the day they were born. Every day of the year had a specific name for both boys and girls and parents were expected to follow that practice. {3} When it cmae to their clothing, men wore a strip of cloth around their hips and through their legs-daily. Women wore loose dresses that went down to their ankles, perfect for the hot weather. These clothing were hand woven from cotton and other fibers similar to cotton. If the family were wealthy then they would wear more extravagant clothing with ornaments and embroidery on their clothes, beautiful headdresses, and wore much jewelry carved out of green jade and colorful shells. Both men and women enjoyed the
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