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  • 1. MAYA
    Raquel Smith
    Espanol II - Grade 10
  • 2. Language:
    Mayan itself is a language and most Mayan descendants now speak Spanish.
    There are 21 separate dialects attributed to Mayans.
    The Mayan language was spoken 5,000 years ago.
  • 3. Geography:
    The Mayans lived in Central America which consists of southern Mexico. It’s located south of the tropic cancer and north of the equator.
  • 4. Government:
    Government was an important part of the Maya civilization.
    Priests seemed to be the most significant and ran everything.
    Many of them were rulers of the cities. One of the most famous rulers was Lord Pacal.
    What was surprising was he became king at 6 and legally took the throne at 12.
    He was a priest/ruler and king for about 50 years before he did.
  • 5. Religion:
    In Mayan religion it mostly consisted of the worship of nature gods. Gods like of the sun, rain, and corn.
    They showed the importance of astronomy and astrology.
    Rituals of human sacrifice and the building of pyramidical temples. Some of the Mayan religion still lives on today.
  • 6. Social Levels:
    The Mayans had 3 main social levels:
    Royalty- lived in palaces.
    Wealthy- lived in large houses near palaces.
    Poor- lived in outskirts of town and they were poor.
    There were slaves, peasants, artisans, nobility, priests, and leaders.
  • 7. Daily life:
    Husbands would come home waiting for a hot bath and dinner. The women made sure their dinner was prepared for there men.
    They would only serve them, but oddly they didn’t sit down and eat with them. They would enjoy their dinner.
    Later they would create clothing for their families to wear.
    For the everyday lives of the women it was basically quite simple. They stood home and played the role of a house wife.
    They woke up as early as 4:00 am and fed there families. There husbands at 5 am would go with their sons to the fields and farm.
    When that was done the sons would go hunting and kill birds and things of that nature.
  • 8. Architecture:
    The hay huts were a basic structure for Mayans and most of the Mayan population lived in these types of houses.
    They were made from resources around the area like the walls consisted of mud and stone.
    They stood up by wooden poles. The Mayans architecture advanced over time and the buildings were big but they weren’t that tall.