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  • Depending on where the Mayas settled they used different techniques of gathering food. The earliest Mayas hunted birds, monkeys, rabbits, deer, and other wild animals.
  • (especially the gods of sun, rain and corn), a priestly class, the importance of astronomy and astrology, rituals of human sacrifice, and the building of elaborate paramedical temples.
  • The Maya were one of the only ancient civilizations that understood the concept of zero. This allowed them to write very large numbers
  • The Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chechen Its, constructed circa 1050 was built during the late Mayan period, when Toltec's from Tulsa became politically powerful.

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  • By: Desiree Maya Civilization
  • Origin
    • There is wide disagreement among historians concerning both the geographical origin and later geographical spread of the advanced Maya civilization.
  • Architecture
    • The Mayas settled fishing villages near the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Seas. Once they learned how to plant crops they moved inland.
  • Religion
    • Mayan religion was characterized by the worship of nature gods.
  • Language
    • Mayan language had many dialects - Quiche, Cacique, Ketch, and Mama - is still spoken by about 300,000 persons, of whom two-thirds are pure Maya, the remainder being whites and of mixed blood are still spoken today, although the majority of Indians also speak Spanish.
  • Number System
    • The Mayans had a number system consisting of shells, dots, and lines.  You could write up to nineteen with just these symbols.
  • Calendar
    • Among their other accomplishments, the ancient Mayas invented a calendar of remarkable accuracy and complexity. At right is the ancient Mayan Pyramid Chechen Its, Yucatan, Mexico.
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