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General The boundaries of what once was a enthralling civilization spanned through the countries of Guatemala Belize El Salvador Honduras and some of Mexico This area is known commonly as Mesoamerica In Maya were many active volcanoes which were used to get stone for building The Mayans were good hunters because they had to catch their own food for dinner Internet 1 Living around 1000 BC to 1697 AD the Mayans had 3 main periods of time These periods were called the pre-classic period the classic period and the post-classic period Kindersley 6 The Mayans were an American Indian people Source 4 322 Maya was colorful They had two places the village where all the people would live and the town center which would be where people barter their goods and the men would go to watch wrestling and other sports Being idolaters the Mayans had lots of temples immense pyramids rising high off the ground Competing for the top designs architects would roughly sketch and then administer and build a temple or shop Although the Mayans favorite architecture was sculpturing people Source 4 326 Each city-state had a ruler to govern it Tikal was the capital of the kingdom and had a king who would govern over all the city-states The people in each city state would have to pay taxes to the king because he needs to keep things in order They could do this in three ways Firstly they could pay money to him that they would get through bartering crafts or food Secondly they could help slave on building the temples which was usually done by the poor people Lastly priests do not have to pay all the tax if they have completed all the tasks that are required of them that year or month Kindersley 6 Temples The Mayans respected their temples a lot The design would come through competing architects which was usually a
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