25 Unbelievable Facts About The Mayans That Might Surprise You

Posted by , Updated on June 4, 2017

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The Mayan civilization was incredible! They had made incredible advancements in medicine, math, and even language. Both the Aztecs and Mayans were two of the great pre-Colombian Central American civilizations. However the Mayan civilization actually preceded and outlived the Aztecs! In fact, Mayans still live in the Yucatan peninsula today! Get ready, because you are about to read 25 unbelievable facts about the Mayans that might surprise you!

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Although their civilization has declined and been conquered, in many rural parts of Mexico and Guatemala Mayan language and culture perseveres

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In fact, there are an estimated 7 million Maya still living in and around the Yucatan Peninsula

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Some linguists believe that the word "shark" was originally a Mayan word

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The pre-Colombian Mayans often sought to "enhance" the physical features of their children. Mothers would press boards on the foreheads of their kids so that they would be flatter (mostly just in the upper class)

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Objects were also often dangled in front of a baby's eyes until the baby was cross eyed, which was another desirable trait found in nobility

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