Why The Maya Civilization Beliefs Are Based On Faith And Not Empiricism

726 Words Nov 20th, 2016 3 Pages
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 by a deed of Huracàn, the wind and sky god is not based on observations. Indeed, they believe that the sky and earth connected, which left no space for any beings of vegetation to grow. To make space between both, a Ceiba tree was planted. The tree roots grew in all the levels of the underworld and its branches grew into the upper world. When the trees reach their full size, more space was left for they animals, plants, and humans on earth. According to Maya beliefs, with only they animals and plants already existent, the gods couldn’t communicate with the animals, which left them unsatisfied. From there, they needed to create something else. Something that was superior. That’s when the humans were created in honor of the gods so…

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