THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE MAYA
MAYA IDEA OF BEAUTY
Maya mothers flattened the heads of their children (tying a board to infant's head) and crossed their eyes (dangling beads between their eyes) to enhance beauty.
YOU WIN YOU DIE
The most popular sport was the ball game Poc-a-Toc, which also had religious significance. Although people think the losers were sacrificed, it was actually the winning team or winning team's captain that died, and this was considered an honour which sent the victim to paradise.
THE MAYA ARE ALIVE
The Maya never 'mysteriously' disappeared; their descendants still live and farm the same lands.
Hallucinogenic drugs were a large part of their religious rituals and also used as pain killers.
The Spanish Conquest of the 16th century did not cause the Maya collapse; the cities were abandoned long before in c. 900-950 AD.
The Maya greeting 'bish-a-belish' literally means 'How goes your path?' and, when asked, one is expected to answer honestly.
The Maya collapse was most likely caused by a combination of climate change, lack of resources, and warfare between cities.