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Mitos y Leyendas: A Few Facts about Mayan Culture

2023-10-02T15:42:11+00:00
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  • Genny de Bernardo talks about Mayan culture, one of the most famous old groups.
  • She talks about gods and parts of their everyday lives.
  • A short chat about the Popul Vuh is given.

The Mayan people lived in southeastern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala, and parts of El Salvador and Honduras.

This area shows how much Mayan culture affected the region, letting them build a mixed and detailed group that changed to different places, from hot jungles to big mountains.

Mayan beliefs were tied to farming and corn growing. Mayans saw corn as a special gift needed for living.

Their religious actions focused on ceremonies to get lots of corn.

Information about Mayan Culture

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This shows how beliefs and everyday life were connected, and how the health of the land was a big worry for them.

The Mayan culture had important religious leaders with good skills in math and stars.

This skill helped them make a calendar better than the one we use now.

The Mayan calendar was very important for their daily life, from farming to doing religious events. Their skill to see things in the sky proves their smart ideas about the world.

Mayan Culture paradise and hell

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How Mayans thought had two parts, the top and bottom of everything.

The upper levels were related to divinities that brought fertility and prosperity, whereas the lower levels were associated with death, war, and famine.

This thinking was very basic in their ideas and way of living, changing how they chose and did religious things.

The list of Mayan gods had ones like Itzamná, linked to starting things and smart ideas, and Chac, the rain god.

Praying to Gods

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There’s also mention of a sinister god named Yum Kimil, who played a role in the underworld in Mayan religion.

These gods were loved and thanked in ceremonies, showing how important beliefs were for Mayans.

The location helped them create a great and detailed group that cared about the land.

They were close to gods and had star knowledge.

The Popol Vuh

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This old important book, changed by bible stories, tells the start of everything. It also shares stories of heroes like Hunahpú and Ixbalanqué, who had hard times on their big trip.

The «Popol Vuh» is a big source to learn about Mayan ideas and beliefs, sharing special views on the start and how Mayans thought of their start and how they saw the world and gods.

This book also shows bible stories in Mayan stories, proving how native beliefs and Christian ideas mixed long ago.

In the end, Genny de Bernardo says goodbye, saying that Mayan culture keeps amazing and helping us learn about Central America’s past.

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