Things You Don’t Know about the Mayans

by Nia Scott

Jun 14, 2019

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The Mayans are a culture that fascinated the world for hundreds of years. The civilization was advanced for its time and historians and archeologists are still discovering new things about their culture. The civilization is one studied by many and still captures the interest of the world. Below are a few things you may not know about the Mayans.

The Mayan civilization is always spoken of in the past tense, but the truth is Mayans still exist. While the empires are just ruins visited by tourists, the people were never erased from the Earth. Their descendants still live in various Mexican states and neighboring countries such as Guatemala and Honduras. The Mayan culture is also older than most think and dates back to 2000 BC. The civilization did not reach its peak until many years later, but the culture existed and grew for years.

Most surprising for people keeping with modern fascination of the Mayans is they did not predict the world ending Dec, 21, 2012. They have multiple calendars and this particular calendar’s prediction was this day would mark the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. They were hopeful humanity would move to a great spiritual awakening and wanted the world to celebrate this day. Out of the 15,000 glyphic texts found in the Mayan empire, only a couple mention 2012 and many make references to dates after this year.

The Mayans were into body modification and dabbled in psychedelics. They commonly used toxic mushrooms and peyote for painkillers as well as “spiritual gateways.” They consumed the drugs through enemas. As for body modifications, women of a high status would sometimes embed gems and stones into their teeth and parents would strap boards to the foreheads of noble babies to encourage flattening.

 

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