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The Maya Civilization

Lionheart
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8/27/2011 4:19:48 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
This is another one of my favorite topics. I would like to hear any thoughts and opinions on the subject.

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8/27/2011 4:21:58 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I remember writing a history paper for the Mayan civilization once. I do remember reading that it had a host of rich customs, with a mythology recorded in the Popol Vuh ("a corpus of mytho-historical narratives of the Post Classic Quiché kingdom in Guatemala's western highlands"), an interesting social structure, and corpus of beliefs in medicine (which I remembered to be holistic), and so on.
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000ike
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8/27/2011 4:25:43 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I love history, but only between 1 A.D - now.

This old, dusty art bores me to tears.
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8/27/2011 5:00:53 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/27/2011 4:21:58 PM, Man-is-good wrote:
I remember writing a history paper for the Mayan civilization once. I do remember reading that it had a host of rich customs, with a mythology recorded in the Popol Vuh ("a corpus of mytho-historical narratives of the Post Classic Quiché kingdom in Guatemala's western highlands"), an interesting social structure, and corpus of beliefs in medicine (which I remembered to be holistic), and so on.

It's very interesting because the Olmec are said to be the first meso-american civilization, yet the name "Olmec" was given in mistake, but stuck, and their is evidence that shows an overlapping transition of Olmec and Maya. It is my belief that the Olmec have really always been the Maya and that the Maya may have history that goes back even farther than we think. For evidence to survive so many thousands of years is extraordinary in itself when you compare it to modern civilization, most of which would barely last any longer than 500 years if left to the earth elements unmaintained.
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knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power."


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