25 Unbelievable Facts About The Mayans That Might Surprise You

Posted by , Updated on April 23, 2015

If you haven’t read our list about the Aztecs yet, it’s worth checking out. Both the Aztecs and Mayans were two of the great pre-Colombian Central American civilizations. The Mayan civilization actually preceded and outlived the Aztecs by hundreds upon hundreds of years. It rose and fell several time throughout the last 2 thousand years and actually still lives on today in the culture of numerous Mayans who inhabit the Yucatan peninsula. These are 25 unbelievable facts about the Mayans that might surprise you!

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Children were all named according to the day on which they were born

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Mayan medicine was actually quite advanced. They sutured wounds using human hair, filled teeth, and even made prosthesis

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Some Mayans today still practice blood sacrifice. Don't worry though, human sacrifice is no longer practiced...chickens only

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Mayans used painkillers taken from their natural environment in both religious rituals (as hallucinogenic drugs) and in medicine (as anesthetics)

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Just like the Aztecs, the Mayans were avid players of the "Mesoamerican Ballgame". Courts were found in all major cities and it was often associated with decapitation and sacrifice, possibly of the losing team.

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