Mayan Culture

by Linda McManus on July 12, 2013, no comments

They Mayan culture is undeniably known for their love of art. It can be seen through their sculptures especially on their altars and one can even see the Mayan culture in each of the bodies of the Mayan themselves through tattoos.  The fact of the matter is Mayan-inspired tattoos are now very popular in the modern world.

Little was known about the Mayan culture and the whole Mayan civilization in general since they have seemingly disappeared without a trace and only the remains of their civilization can be seen by tourists from all over the world.  In general, the Mayan civilization and culture were among the originals of the New World and  has spanned for more than 3,000 years.  Their original home turf was the Yucatan Peninsula on the eastern part of the Mesoamerica.  Based on the findings of archaeologists and anthropologists, the Mayan civilization was densely populated and one can even compare the Mayan civilization to that of New York City or London today in terms of population. 

Generally, the Mayan culture, as what have been studied, is most famous for its spectacular art works. They have the most impressive of all architectural designs the world has ever seen and it was discovered that they, too, had sophisticated astronomical and mathematical systems which were impressively ahead of their time. Just think of how it was inspired by a disaster movie shown a year ago.

When it comes to architecture, the Mayans are among the greatest. Their designs for buildings have survived thousands of years. Each and every year, the fantastic stepped pyramids in places such as Chichen Itza and Coba have attracted tourists from all over the world. As a matter of fact, the Chichen Itza was named at one time as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Many civilizations in the past had their own calendar. But, the calendar of the Mayans was considered as one of the most sophisticated calendars.  The truth is, along with the Aztec calendar, it was one of the best documented and most completely understood calendars of all time among other Mesoamerican calendars.

The Mayans were also famous for the pantheon of their gods and there were thirteen gods in all. These thirteen gods belong to each of the thirteen heavens of the Mayan religion and nine from those thirteen belong to the nine underworlds.  Each of these gods of the Mayan religion also represented each stars and the moon and other planets.

Although it may seem that the Mayan civilization was already left behind by time, there are still a lot of the descendants of the Mayans of long ago that are among the world’s population. As a matter of fact, there are still over 500 different Mayan dialects that are still being used up to this day.

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