The Mayans Essay

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The Mayans The mysterious culture of ancient Maya once covered a large amount of land in Central and South America. Their civilization branched out to parts of what are now Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and most of Guatemala and Belize. This powerful civilization ruled Central America for thousands of years and suddenly ceased to exist. Their thriving cities fell to ruins, their culture almost nearly abandoned, over a few generations, what caused the flourishing culture which has had such a significant impact on the world today, to suddenly disappear? The Mayans first settled in 1500BC. The Mayans locations consisted of tropical rain forests, which was also one of their main sources of resources, they managed to turn the jungle into thriving great cities. The rain forest provided them with food, clothing, weapons, tools, and many more useful items. It rained the majority of the time, but the temperature was not cold, at least during the day. The environment played a major role in what the Mayans culture became, they needed rain and heat for both the humans and animals to survive. The Mayans learned the methods of productivity like planting crops, making clothing, jewellery etc. The Mayans grew mainly corn, beans, and squash together with yucca, manioc, and sweet potatoes. For every successful ancient civilization there is always some form of a driving force that propels it to become a cultivated and civilized society. For Rome, it was the rise of Republican Government. In China, the Silk Road brought an extraordinary amount of wealth. The Mayans used a completely different driving force: Religion. Religion was the inspiring force for Mayan Civilization that led them to achieve what they did. Mayans believed the Gods kept the stars, sun and moon in perfect harmony. To understand what the Gods wanted on certain days, they had to figure out the orbits of all

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