The Mayas were never a &quot;true&quot; urban culture; the urban centers were almost entirely used as religious centers for the rural population surrounding them. Therefore, the decline of the urban centers after 900 AD did not involve titanic social change so much as religious change; it is believed by some scholars that the abandonment of the cities was primarily due to religious proselytizing from the north. Nevertheless, the Classic period saw an explosion of cultural creativity all throughout the region populated by the tribes we call &quot;Mayan.&quot; They derived many cultural forms from the north, but also devised many cultural innovations that profoundly influenced all subsequent cultures throughout Mesoamerica. Much of Maya culture, particularly the religious reckoning of time, is still a vital aspect of Native American life in Guatemala and Honduras.
Mayan religion was characterized by the worship of nature gods (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 pyramidical temples.
The Maya is a Mesoamerican civilization , noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its art , architecture , and mathematical and astronomical systems.
The Maya calendar uses three different dating systems in parallel, the Long Count , the Tzolkin (divine calendar), and the Haab (civil calendar). Of these, only the Haab has a direct relationship to the length of the year.
Mayan Civilization Devyn
Mayan civilization By: Devyn Comer
<ul><li>The Mayan civilization started in 300 to 900 A.D. </li></ul><ul><li>What made the Mayan different from other cultures was the importance of religion and literate culture. </li></ul>Origin
<ul><li>One of the Mayan buildings were pyramids. </li></ul><ul><li>Pyramids were made of limestone and were very hard to climb. </li></ul>Architecture
<ul><li>The Mayans worshiped everything even nature. </li></ul><ul><li>They tried to explain how the gods worked and how and why they gave the Mayans what they needed . </li></ul>The entrance to the temple of warriors . A Mayan statue…. Religion
<ul><li>750,000 Mayan people speak the Mayan language. </li></ul><ul><li>A database contains more than 40,000 words for 31 Mayan languages. </li></ul>Language/hieroglyphics
<ul><li>The Mayan were the only civilization who understood the concept of zero or nothing. </li></ul><ul><li>The Mayan would write up to nineteen with just shells, dots and lines. </li></ul>Number system
<ul><li>Along with other Mayan accomplishments they created the calendar. </li></ul><ul><li>The Mayan calendar was adopted by the other Mesoamerican nations. </li></ul>Calendar