THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE MAYA

Timeless Travels Magazine - - MEXICO -

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.

DRUG USE

Hal­lu­cino­genic drugs were a large part of their re­li­gious rit­u­als and also used as pain killers.

SPAN­ISH CON­QUEST

The Span­ish Con­quest of the 16th cen­tury did not cause the Maya col­lapse; the cities were aban­doned long be­fore in c. 900-950 AD.

MAYA GREET­INGS

The Maya greet­ing 'bish-a-bel­ish' lit­er­ally means 'How goes your path?' and, when asked, one is ex­pected to an­swer hon­estly.

MAYA DEMISE

The Maya col­lapse was most likely caused by a com­bi­na­tion of climate change, lack of re­sources, and war­fare be­tween cities.

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