10 top crazy Facts
About The Mayan culture

10. Sacrifice

Prisoners, slaves, and others were prepared for sacrifice by being painted blue and sometimes tortured. They were then led up to the top of one of the pyramids. There they were either shot with a volley of arrows or they had their still beating heart cut out of their chest by a temple priest.

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9.  Calendar

Contrary to popular belief, the Mayans don't have just one calendar and none of their calendars predicted the world would end in 2012.

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8. The Haab

They have three calendars that work in cycles. One of them, the Haab, has a 365 day cycle just like the modern Gregorian calendar.

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7. Writing

The Mayans had one of the most advanced writing systems of any ancient civilization and wrote on almost anything they could find, including their buildings. Graffiti anyone?

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6. Spanish conquest

Unfortunately many of their writings were lost during the Spanish conquest. Through laborious study during the 20th and 21 centuries much of their remaining writings have been recovered and translated.

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5. Weapons

Like the Aztecs, Mayans never used iron or steel. Their weapons were made of obsidian, or volcanic rock.

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4. Noses

Besides having flattened foreheads and crossed eyes, Mayan nobleman had noses that were built up with putty giving them a beaked shape. Their teeth were also inlaid with jade.

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3. Teeth

Speaking of teeth, noblewomen filed their teeth into points.

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2. Mathematics

Outside of the Babylonian systems, the Mayans were perhaps the first civilization to explicitly use the number 0 as a place holder. Indian mathematicians later became the first to use it as a mathematical value in computations.

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1. Mayan Empire

Nobody knows how the Mayan Empire declined. Long before the Spanish came many of the great cities had already been long abandoned and lay in ruins. Scholars have hypothesized reasons ranging from drought and famine to overpopulation and climate change.

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