Maya viewed the quetzal as the "god of the air" and as a symbol of goodness and light.
Bloodletting was a common practice in Maya life and an essential part of rulership and of all public rituals. The Maya élite drew blood from various parts of their bodies using lancets made of stingray spine, flint, bone or obsidian.
allowed her blood to flow as part of a ritual communication with gods and spirits. This sacrifice mirrored the Maya story of creation, when the gods let their blood to create the human race.
queen demonstrated both her moral and physical strength to the people, and her suitability as a Maya royal.
symbolizing freedom and wealth,
Warfare, social disorder, over-population, and unfavorable climatic conditions combined, perhaps not all together and in varying degrees and with different timing and sequence depending on location, to bring an end to the established order
Classic Maya collapse was not the end of the Maya culture.
seven million people speak Mayan in Mesoamerica.
relief : A kind of sculpture in which shapes are carved up from a flat background. lintel: crossing beam that spans two posts to create a structure.
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