Essay On Mayan Religion

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Around 2600 BCE in Mexico and Central America few civilizations had made their path. One unforgettable one did the Mata civilization. This civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization developed by the Maya peoples. They are known for their hieroglyphic script, the only fully developed writing system of the pre-Columbian Americas. They are also remembered for their art, architecture, mathematics, calendar and astronomical system. All of this is mainly due to their strong belief in faith. This essay will show why the Maya civilization beliefs are based on faith and not Empiricism. Discussing their ideas on where do they believe the universe came from as well as what they believe the universe to be.

To begin, the idea that the universe was created
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They believe that the earth was flat and four-cornered. Then again they believed in something that seems true to them and could have faith in. Each corner had a cardinal point and had a color value: red for east, white for north, black for west, and yellow for the south. At the center was the color green. Some Maya also believed that the sky was multi-layered and that it was supported at the corners by four gods of immense physical strength called “Bacabs”. Other Maya believed that four trees of different colors and species supported the sky and at the center green Ceiba or silk cotton tree where balancing everything (Ruddell, par.3). Since all Maya didn’t believe the same things we could say that it’s based on relativism and not faith but since all their final believes are all the same and that then end up with all the same mindset we can then say that their theory is based on …show more content…
The Maya perception of life was mostly based on spiritual conviction and belief. The idea that the Maya knowledge can’t be proved, do not have to be experienced, is not based on observation, that they Maya do not question or doubt everything, that they also all believe the same thing only leads to faith. This being said faith is a really delicate subject that we can’t justify. This, however, does not mean that the Maya arguments are meaningless. They provide an attractive contemplation of the spiritual life and a different point of view. For many, the spiritual side of life is an interesting subject to study on and develop.

In conclusion, the Maya civilization beliefs are based on faith because none of their arguments is base on observation can’t be justified and proved. The way they thought life was created and what the universe was supposed to be is not concrete its all related to gods and spirituality which can’t be observed or proved. This being said, maybe one day we will be able to prove the Maya civilization beliefs and understand fully their point of view and

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