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Maya Civilization: A Captivating Guide to Maya History and Maya Mythology (Mayan Civilization, Aztecs and Incas Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the mysteries surrounding their demise, and some of the unique places where Maya exist to this day. Discover the origins of the Maya civilization and the Mesoamerican cultures that may have influenced them, find out why Maya (out of all the different tribes that existed in the region at the time) have captured the imagination of the West so much. The book will reveal how they lived, ate, slept, whom they worshipped, and how they used herbal medicines and hallucinogenic plants to treat the sick. The book will also track down the Maya living today, a population that is still six-million strong and adhere to many of the traditions that their ancestors once held. In among the battle tales and gore of human sacrifice, you will get some delicious cocoa recipes, Maya-style, that you can make at home. You will learn about their mythology, cosmology, and the solar calendar that resulted in the infamous doomsday scare back in 2012.
Some of the topics and questions covered in this book include:
Glossary of Important Maya Terms
How Maya measured the time
Food, Rites, and Gruesome Tales
The Maya beauty standards
The Decline of the Maya Civilization and Human Sacrifice
Inside Chichen Itza – features of Maya cities
The Maya Observatory (El Caracol)
Human sacrifice and the methods
The Kukulkan pyramid
Maya Creation Story
The Maya Cosmology
and much more
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Ali Julia review
Cons: very simplistic language and tone (e.g. first person to reader direct storytelling style, with exclamations). May be more suited to young adult readers or those who are generally suspicious of or uncomfortable with different cultures or people. I think the language and style may be intended to allay that discomfort.
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The point is that it must have started long before for the maize we know that cannot sow itself to be able to evolve from the various wild varieties that still exist in Mesoamerica. And that could only happen with the help of human hands. I would personally evaluate the beginning of agriculture in Mesoamerica and southern America as starting right after the Ice Age and even before the rising of waters, just with the climate change that brought more warmth and more water; hence at least 12,000 BCE. When you add the writing system to this agriculture you need quite a few thousand years to invent and develop this writing system from absolutely nothing at all. At least nothing at all we know about. It took some five or six thousand years for the Sumerian to develop their writing system, cuneiform writing, which is so simple when compared to Maya writing. We under-evaluate the length of time needed for these two developments. And we could add the calendar, cosmology, and mathematics the Mayas controlled so well.
But agriculture also required a new division of labor with a ruling elite and a religious organization that justified that ruling elite. That too required a few millennia if not many to develop little by little. This new elite is definitely male, but males are dominant through and through: the warriors are all men. The prisoners are all men. The sacrificed individuals, be they war-prisoners or plain volunteers, are all men.
That leads me to the most intriguing part of this civilization, the blood culture with two dimensions. Human sacrifice with beheading, dismembering and other slow progressive death rituals with war prisoners. But also the human sacrifice of volunteers, true volunteers or appointed volunteers, to get their heart ripped out of their chest, still beating in the living sacrificial individual. Another form is also known, with a young man attached to some sacrificial post and being slowly put to death with bows and arrows. The honor for the young man and his family depends on how he submits to the sacrifice and how long he lasts, which implies how skilled the bowmen are at hitting the young man in non-deadly places causing distress and suffering and thus measuring how the young man takes it.
Another form of blood sacrifice is alluded to but not explained. Men very often, within some ritual event, scarify themselves, particularly on their genitalia, to pour blood, the more the better. This is performed by the subject himself with no outside help. At this point, we can wonder why blood is so important in that culture. The explanation given in this book is that the Gods like blood. I think there is something else: to go through such rites, be they lethal or just scarifying, is not only satisfying the Gods (like Abraham nearly did with his two sons) but it also brings honor and social respect, maybe even social prominence, to the individual and his family. We could even wonder if the practice of men scarifying their genitals to pour blood is not a way to provide these men with the menstrual blood lettign they do not have naturally like women, a mesntruazl flow that is a sign of fertility.
A last a most recent discovery has to be put on the table here. Satellite pictures have shown that structures of the same type as the Maya pyramids and other buildings exist under the Amazonian rainforest. Either we have to state the Mayas moved that far south or we have to state that when the Ice Age arrived the Incas who were in Peru in the Andes were forced to come down, which they might have done even before the Ice Age and had settled in the Amazonian forest before even moving to Yucatan and Mesoamerica. This requires another approach to the migration of Homo Sapiens to America and states two migrations, one to South America after Easter Island of a stone culture. They would have arrived at the southern tip of Chile where an archaeological site is now reaching its second level dated around 25,000 BCE with a third level even lower and hence older. It is these people who would have moved north up to Mesoamerica over probably something like 10,000 years.
The second migration is from Siberia, over the Bering Straits before the peak of the Ice Age since they have been archaeologically proved as settled in Alaska and in Canada around 25,000 BCE (six thousand years before the peak of the Ice Age. Yet these do not seem to be directly connected to northern American Indians who probably arrived in a later migration probably just after the peak of this Ice Age. But now the Clovis Theory has been clearly proved false we can envisage new approaches, as I have just outlined above.
If you like cultural mysteries and rich cultures and civilizations this small book will be an excellent introduction.
Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU