Top 10 Fascinating Fs About The Mayans\rThe 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. Many misconceptions about the mayans exist, and this list should put an end to at least one or two of them. In addition, it will introduce you to fs that you never knew about this great ancient civilization.10\rContinuing Culture\rBychurchThe F: There are numerous Mayans still living in their home regionsIn f, there are over seven million Mayans living in their home regions, many of whom have managed to maintain substantial remnants of their ancient cultural heritage. Some are quite integrated into the modern cultures of the nations in which they reside, while others continue a more traditional culturally distinct life, often speaking one of the Mayan languages as a primary language. The largest populations of contemporary Maya inhabit the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Chiapas, and in the Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala, and the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador. Just as a point of interest, it is very possible that the word “shark” comes to us from the Mayan languages, as does the word “cocoa”. To say “thank you” in Yucatec Maya, you say “Jach Dyos bootik.”9\rMayan Childhood\r4-CrosseyesThe F: The Mayans “enhanced” the beauty of their childrenThe Maya desired some unnatural physical chareristics for their children. For instance, at a very young age boards were pressed on babies foreheads to create a flattened surface. This process was widespread among the upper class. Another price was to cross babies eyes. To do this, objects were dangled in front of a newborns eyes, until the newborns eyes were completely and permanently crossed. Another interesting f about Mayan children is that most were named according to the day they were born. Every day of the year had a specific name for both boys and girls and parents were expected to follow that price. 8\rExcellent Doctors\r53068499.Shaman03The F: The Mayans had many excellent medical pricesHealth and medicine among the ancient Maya was a complex blend of mind, body, religion, ritual, and science. Important to all, medicine was priced only by a select few who were given an excellent education. These men, called shamans,as a medium between the physical world and spirit world. They price sorcery for the purpose of healing, foresight, and control over natural events. Since medicine was so closely related to religion and sorcery, it was essential that Maya shamans had vast medical knowledge and skill. It is known that the Maya sutured wounds with human hair, reduced frures, and were even skilled dental surgeons, making prostheses from jade and turquoise and filling teeth with iron pyrite.7\rBlood Sacrifice\rAztecshumansacrificeThe F: Some Mayans still price blood sacrificeIt is a rather well known f that the Mayans priced human sacrifice for religious and medical reasons – but what most people dont know is that many Mayans still price blood sacrifice. But dont get too excited – chicken blood has now replaced human blood. Today the Maya keep many of the ritualistic traditions of their ancestors. Elements of prayer, offerings, blood sacrifice (replacing human blood with that of sacrificed chickens), burning of copal incense, dancing, feasting, and ritual drinking continue in traditional ceremonies.6\rPainkillers\rEscuintla EnemaThe F: The Mayans used painkillers The Mayan peoples regularly used hallucinogenic drugs (taken from the natural world) in their religious rituals, but they also used them in day to day life as painkillers. Flora such as peyote, the morning glory, certain mushrooms, tobacco, and plants used to make alcoholic substances, were commonly used. In addition, as depicted in Maya pottery and carvings, ritual enemas were used for a more rapid absorption and effect of the substance. Above is a statue of a Mayan enjoying their enema.5\rBall Courts\rTikal BallcourtThe F: The Mayans built ball courts so they could play gamesThe Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with ritual associations played for over 3000 years by the pre-Columbian peoples of Mesoamerica. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the local indigenous population.