The Maya myth of creation | Ancient Origins

The Maya civilization were people who lived in Mesoamerica . They lived there for a long time and some of the Maya people live there even today.

The Maya lived there 4,000 years ago (about 2000 BC ). At that date complex societies were living in the Maya region. The staple foods of the Maya diet were cultivated. Their food included maize , beans , squashes , and chili peppers . The first Maya cities developed around 750 BC .

The Maya people used a written language and a numeral system . They were good at art , building , and math . Their priests studied stars and planets , which helped them make calendars .

The pantheon of the Maya is a vast collection of deities who were worshipped throughout the region which, today, comprises Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Not all of the gods were venerated in all of the city -states of the Maya (at least, not by the same name) but the type of god, and what that god symbolized to the people, seems to have been universally recognized.

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A Maya god of death whose name is not yet known. He is depicted ruling a part of the underworld surrounded by the bones of his subjects.  His symbols are a skull and obsidian knife, both related to the practice of human sacrifice. 

Acan
The god of intoxication, wine, and the art of brewing Balche (a kind of strong mead). His name means either `belch' or `groan' and he is associated with the Lacandon Maya god of drunkenness Bohr (also known as Bol).

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The Maya civilization were people who lived in Mesoamerica . They lived there for a long time and some of the Maya people live there even today.

The Maya lived there 4,000 years ago (about 2000 BC ). At that date complex societies were living in the Maya region. The staple foods of the Maya diet were cultivated. Their food included maize , beans , squashes , and chili peppers . The first Maya cities developed around 750 BC .

The Maya people used a written language and a numeral system . They were good at art , building , and math . Their priests studied stars and planets , which helped them make calendars .

The pantheon of the Maya is a vast collection of deities who were worshipped throughout the region which, today, comprises Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Not all of the gods were venerated in all of the city -states of the Maya (at least, not by the same name) but the type of god, and what that god symbolized to the people, seems to have been universally recognized.

`A' 
A Maya god of death whose name is not yet known. He is depicted ruling a part of the underworld surrounded by the bones of his subjects.  His symbols are a skull and obsidian knife, both related to the practice of human sacrifice. 

Acan
The god of intoxication, wine, and the art of brewing Balche (a kind of strong mead). His name means either `belch' or `groan' and he is associated with the Lacandon Maya god of drunkenness Bohr (also known as Bol).

The Maya civilization were people who lived in Mesoamerica . They lived there for a long time and some of the Maya people live there even today.

The Maya lived there 4,000 years ago (about 2000 BC ). At that date complex societies were living in the Maya region. The staple foods of the Maya diet were cultivated. Their food included maize , beans , squashes , and chili peppers . The first Maya cities developed around 750 BC .

The Maya people used a written language and a numeral system . They were good at art , building , and math . Their priests studied stars and planets , which helped them make calendars .

 
 
 
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