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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In fact, severed heads have been thought to be used as balls

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A modern version called "Ulama" is still played today, but once again decapitation is obviously no longer a part of the game

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Saunas and sweat baths played a huge role in Mayan culture. They believed that the saunas helped them relieve impurities

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Although the Mayan people live on today, the last self-governing Mayan state submitted to Spanish rule in 1697

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The ruins and pyramids you always see in pictures are most likely those of Chichen Itza, one of the largest Mayan cities. It has just recently been bought by the government from a private owner

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