The Mayan Culture

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Many young teens think that the Mayans are just a boring topic they learn at history class. I have realized that it's the opposite, the Mayan culture was unique and fascinating. After being a group of roaming nomads, the Mayans settled in Mesoamerica in 2600 B.C, and declined, for a mysterious reason, in 900 A.D. In their time of prominence, the Mayans did advances in astronomy and mathematics, and developed a very complex writing system and a calendrical system. They also had a distinctive religion with many rituals, and impressive architecture. I am trying to find out: Who were the Mayans and what did their culture look like, compared to our present society in Mexico. I claim that we can find a lot of differences between the Mayan society …show more content…
This is obviously due to the advances in technology humans have made since the Mayan period. To start with, the transportation methods are completely the opposite. In the present, our society uses vehicles that use fuel, like cars and airplanes. This also alters a city completely, because many roads are needed all around a city. In the Mayan cities, people walked, because the cities weren’t too big. But, when they went to other cities for trading, the Mayans used canoes or little boats to travel. To add on, the city composition and buildings have a world of differences between the two societies. Firstly, in the present society, there are power supplies and water lines throughout the city, so that civilians can have energy and water. In the Mayan cities, obviously power wasn’t yet invented, and neither were the underground water pipelines. When it comes to buildings, the materials and design is where you can clearly see difference. The Mayans built their buildings for religious or astronomical purposes, and for their sport, the ball game. They were shaped like pyramids (except for the ball court), and were always made of stone bricks. In present society, the buildings are used for countless numbers of reasons: for companies, government, apartments for people, attraction/entertainment, etc. Most of them are way taller than Mayan buildings, and have much more complex and exotic architectural designs. Many of the buildings use glass, something that was not used by the Mayans in their time. We can conclude that cities have developed enormously and gotten bigger with advanced technology and important

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