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A Continent Apart Cultural Similarity The Egyptian civilization that developed along the Nile River was comprised of desperate human communities forced by the growing desert to live there It grew to be one of the first great urban cultures of human history The Mayan Civilization was an ancient Native American culture that became of the most advanced civilizations in the Americas The people known as the Maya lived in the region that is now eastern and southern Mexico Guatemala Belize El Salvador and western Honduras The basis of both of the societies was agriculture Agriculture lead to every other aspect of these two diverse yet similar cultures split by the globe The Mayans and the Egyptians both had very primitive farming techniques in the beginning In order to be successful at all the people had to work together No one could do all of the labor alone This meant that the cultures needed many workers to help out with the work As the farmers and people began to cooperate an organization began to grow They found leaders among them who directed the workers Forms of government and religion developed and due to this fact the people soon began to build cities and to manufacture things Eventually they even began to trade with their neighbors That is how it all started This was the founding ground for both of their societies To be a successful society the people needed a food supply which meant that they had to have trust and faith in their farming techniques and in the supernatural gods that controlled their fate Today as then every society has a god or idol they worship to explain why life takes the path that it does Both the Mayan and Egyptians had a very strong religion centered society The Maya worshiped agricultural gods such as the rain god and later the corn god Eventually they developed the belief that gods controlled
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