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Wk4 Thursday: Maya life

Today’s task is to recap what we learnt in our last lesson in school together. You need to research two aspects of Maya life and compare this to modern life. Watch the documentary below.

You can choose from the following to research and compare: Location, Food, Sports, Hierarchy or Clothing.

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  1. Mayan food: The Mayan mainly ate maize which is a crop similar to corn. But they also ate squash and beans. They cooked most of their food and would wrap their food in roots and leaves with to keep the heat and warm their food up. Their favourite food was chocolate from cocoa trees. They thought it was a veryh precious thing. They thought it was a gift from god.

    Nowadays we would not eat just corn or just beans, we would always have it with something, it would never be the main course like i used to be in the Mayan era. For example, you would eat beans with jacket potato and would eat corn with chips. Also, chocolate is a normal thing in our day and it is not known as a gift from god. It is eaten almost everyday.

  2. Food:
    Mayans used to eat maize which was there staple crop. They used it in every meal such as tortillas. First, they would put the maize in water and with lime and later drained. Then they would crush it with a millstone for the mix once it is wet. They also ate tomatoes,avocadoes and chocolate.
    Clothing:
    The Mayans wore Loincloths that were made out of cotton and great for the hot weather that they lived in. If the weather was cold, they would wear a manta(a cloak). Women would wear a long cotton dress called a huipil.

    • Can you compare these traditions with our food and clothing in today’s society?
      Have a look at how some of your peers have completed the task if you need some inspiration!

  3. Mayan clothing:
    The clothing worn by the Maya depended on the region they lived in and their social status. The wealthy wore colorful clothing made from animal skins. They also wore feather headdresses and fancy jewelry.Commoners wore simpler clothing. The men often wore loincloths while the women wore long skirts. Both men and women would use a blanket called a manta to wrap around their shoulders when it was cold. Men and women both wore their hair long. Once they were married, both men and women often got tattoos.

    Mayan food:
    The most important food that the Maya ate was maize, which is a vegetable like corn. They made all types of food from maize including tortillas, porridge, and even drinks. Other staple crops included beans, squash, and chilies. For meat the Maya ate fish, deer, ducks, and turkey.
    The Maya introduced the world to a number of new foods. Probably the most interesting was chocolate from the cacao tree. The Maya considered chocolate to be a gift from the gods and used cacao seeds as money. Other new foods included tomatoes, sweet potatoes, black beans, and papaya.

  4. Food:
    The Maya,Aztec,and Inca civilisation ate simple food.Maize was the central food in their diets,along as vegetables such as beans and squashes.Potatoes and tiny grain called quinou were commonly grown by the Incas. Avocados and tomatoes were mainly eaten by the Aztecs and Maya,along with a wide variety of fruit.Maize was made into a sort of porridge,called atole in Mesoamerica (the region of Mexico and Central America one occupied by the Maya,Aztecs and related cultures) and capia in Inca territorty. Maize cakes were eaten in both regions ,but only the Maize pancakes were eaten by the Mesoamerican ,known as tortillas, with every meal.
    Sports:
    Nowadays, many people consider themselves die-hard sports fans. Well, the ancient Mayas took this to a whole different level. So much so that at the end of a game, the captain of the losing team could be sacrificed to the gods! In fact, the ball game was not played for enjoyment. The main reason was to keep the gods happy. It’s also believed that the game was played instead of going to war.The ball games we play today are much less deadly, but there are still some similarities. For example, the Maya players had to work together as a team. They built large ball courts and often played in front of crowds.One of the ways that the Mayan peoples competed against each other was by playing what has been called the Ball Game. They used a rubber ball, about 20 inches in diameter, to play the Game, which was played on a stone court whose measurements varied. (The largest one found so far measures 459 feet by 114 feet.) The court had walls that sloped inward, and hanging high on the walls were stone rings.The goal of the game was to pass the ball around, without having it touch your hands, and then get the ball to pass through one of the rings.As the rings were so high and players were not allowed to use their hands, it was extremely difficult to get the ball through a ring.
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  5. Clothing

    The clothing worn by the Maya depended on the region they lived in and their social status. The wealthy wore colorful clothing made from animal skins. They also wore feather headdresses and fancy jewellery.
    Commoners wore simpler clothing. The men often wore loincloths while the women wore long skirts. Both men and women would use a blanket called a manta to wrap around their shoulders when it was cold.

    Nowadays, people wear all sorts of clothes like shirts,hoodies,hats and shoes.We also wear brands like Adidas,Nike,NorthFace and several others and we wear all sorts of colours.

  6. Clothing:

    The Mayans wore different clothes compared the modern era as the ladies wore dresses as they do now but a traditional style dress called Huipil which is a tunic-like garment made from stitching.There are various of clothes that they used to wear depending which region they lived in and there social status such as if they were rich they would wear jewellery crafted from jade whereas the commoners would wear simpler clothing
    such as a loincloth and wrapped around it to keep themselves cool they
    would have a manta.
    For their footwear they would have various types of sandals that were made out of a llama, goat or a sheep.

    In the 21st century, people wear all kinds of different thing such as t-shirts, hoodies and shoes which are made from all kinds of materials.They also have brands such as Nike, North Face and Adidas which specialise into different categories of clothing like footwear, joggers and jackets.

    Mathematics:

    The Mayan mathematical system was very complexed compared to ours as they had symbols to represent the numbers.The Mayan numeral system was to represent numbers and calendar dates however now maths is used in a range of different applications and many people use them such as architects as they need to have a visual plan of designing something using maths also another example is looking at statistics.

  7. Sports:
    During the Mayan times, sports were really important to them. One of the sports they played was a bit like football but it was called “pok-a-tok”. In this game, you are not allowed to use your hands and if the ball bounces twice on your side its bad luck for you- the other team gets a point. The first team to get to nine points wins so the matches can last for quite a while. Pok-a-tok was like a religion to them; it was so important that the pitch was attached to their temple and the priest was always present during a match. There is also another Mayan ball game sport called “pitz”, which is played with a rubber ball ranging in size. Pitz is part of Mayan politics, religious and social life.
    These sports are different to the sports we play today which have a wider range. In most sports these days we don’t have to get a certain amount of points to win, you need to get the more than the other team in the time given. Also, most people don’t take sport as a religion, it is just a source of entertainment. Nowadays, the priest isn’t obligated to come to the matches, people come for pleasure.

    Location:
    During the Mayan times the people lived in the middle of the tropical rainforest of Central America. Their cities are in the middle of the rainforest and they hunt and explore around it. It is also an extremely hot place to live in and many exotic plants grow there that are not available in other countries. They had lots of trees surrounding them and they obviously didn’t have cars so their roads weren’t polluted. They also had pyramids as places of worship; they were painted red like blood to show that the temples were alive.
    Nowadays, people don’t live in the middle of the tropical rainforest anymore, only small tribes do. Our cities aren’t same as well. Even though we both have homes and places of worship, we also have roads, farms, offices and much more. Plus, we have more kinds of places of worship as there is now a diverse mix of religions and cultures. In some cities like London, we have tall buildings, clocktowers and wheels. Other cities are very lively like New York and Dubai. However, the Mayan cities weren’t like that. Their houses were also made out of different materials such as mud and straw- which is known as adobe-, palm fronds and wood, whereas ours are made of bricks, concrete and glass.

    • How informative Anya – I love your wide range of punctuation!
      Do you think that you would rather play a game of football or pok-a-tok? Why?

      • I would like to play a game of pok-a-tok as I have never played it before. I would like to experience something new and see what their culture and sport is like (as the sport was like their religion).

  8. Location;
    The Maya are an indigenous people of Mexico and Central America who have continuously inhabited the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Also the Maya civilization were people who lived in Mesoamerica, with Maya languages and Maya religion. They lived there for a long time and some of the Maya people live there even today. The Maya lived there 4000 years ago probably about 2000 BC. Also interesting fact is that they built hundreds of city’s with giant stone structures. Also, are they still alive right now where they are? The modern day Maya still live within the boundaries of their old empire in Central America. The region that makes up this area now consists of the countries of Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and the other five states of Mexico. But did they migrate? Unlike during previous cycles of contraction in the Maya region, abandoned lands were not quickly resettled in the Post-classic Maya groups had migration myths. Also if you would like to know what language the Maya spoke, its called Yucatecan branch. Yucatec Maya ( known simply as Maya to its speakers) is the most commonly spoken Mayan language in Mexico. It is currently spoken by approximately 800,000 people, the vast majority of whom are to be found on the Yucatan Peninsula. Also knowing the history of the Mayans. Lets talk about how life was like for them. In ancient Maya times, children there had very difficult lives today. They dressed differently and their homes were much smaller which was very annoying for them to handle. Families lived in great and amazing city’s for example Yax Mutal and Palenque, and also in surrounding farmland. Adults working as farmers , warriors, hunters, builders, teachers and other many jobs, these people didn’t get as much money but only being rich in finding coco beans to invest or make chocolate. The Mayans were the first ones to find out about chocolate and how to make them. Naturally they enjoyed it. Also going on about chocolate , the creation of the first modern chocolate bar is credited to Joseph Fry, who in 1847 discovered that he could make a mold-able chocolate paste by adding melted cacao butter back into Dutch cacao. By 1868, a little company called Cadbury was marketing boxes of chocolate candies in England.
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    Food;
    The Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations ate simple food. Maize was the central food in their diet, along with vegetables such as beans and squashes. Potatoes and a tiny grain called quinoa were commonly grown by the Incas. The Maya peoples ate a variety of food stuffs including a wide variety of fruits, duck and bird eggs more like our normal food these days. They also had squash, beans, maize, tomato, papaya, chili peppers, cacao, and avocados mainly their only loved fruit. Talking about what Maize are, they were generally made into a paste or porridge to be consumed by the masses. Corn tortillas and tamales were also a staple food. Also fruit eaten including guava, papaya, avocado, custard apple, and sweetsop. A frothy chocolate drink and honey were also popular desserts. Another very popular drink was pulque beer, known to the Maya as chih and made from fermented agave juice. Evidence, according to a new study , the Maya kept animals such as jaguars and dogs in their homes, but whether they were pets, eaten as food or used for sacrifices- or all three, remains unknown. The large cat in the study was found in a pyramid and may have been a jaguar. It likely lived off a corn- based diet.
    Their main drink is called Balche which is a mildly intoxicating beverage that was commonly consumed by the ancient Maya in what is now Mexico and upper Central America. Today, it is still common among the Yucatec Maya. The drink is made from the bark of a leguminous tree, Lonchocarpus violaceus , which is soaked in honey and water, and fermented.
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    Sports;
    The ancient Maya ballgame called pitz was part of Maya political, religious, and social life. Played with a rubber ball ranging in size from that of a softball to a soccer ball, players would attempt to bounce the ball without using their hands but their legs through stone hoops attached to the sides of the ball court. What type of recreation did the Maya enjoy?
    Although much of the Maya life was spent doing hard work, they did enjoy entertainment as well. A lot of their entertainment was centered around religious ceremonies. They played music, danced, and played games such as the Maya ball game. Also, why did the Maya play the ball game?
    The gods needed human blood and hearts to keep the sun and moon in orbit. Some ball games were played to resolve bitter disputes between rival cities or as a proxy for war. The Maya also saw the game as a battle between the gods of death and the gods of life or you could imagine it being like a war between good and evil. Since that’s what they believed. The penalty for losing a game in the ball game, was sometimes unusually harsh; death. Here are more information about the sports or games.
    Did Mayans play soccer with human heads?
    Humans and the lords of the underworld battled it out by playing the game soccer, according to the creation story the known as the Popol Vuh. In this way, the ball court was a portal to Xibalba- the Mayan underworld…
    There are even some depictions of ball players playing with the heads of the losers in place of the ball. Going on from that point, thats what happens…. If you lose in the soccer game where the Mayans were playing, you will get killed or get executed meaning in getting your head chopped of and and thats where the Mayans will play with the heads of the bad players that lost in soccer.
    Did the Mayans invent soccer?
    Long before basketball and soccer, ancient Maya were hitting the park to play rounds of Mesoamerica ball game….. Mary Miller, a professor of the history of art at Yale University who has studied extensive of the sport exclaimed ” The idea of the team sport was invented in Mesoamerica”
    What is Pok- A- Tok and why did the Mayans play it?
    For the Maya, Pok-A-Tok was more of a challenging game. It symbolized the struggle of life over death, and war with hunting. Pok-A-Tok was often played by prisoners of war, and the members of the losing team were offered as sacrificed to the god.
    How did the Maya ball game originate?
    Orgins. The game was invented sometime in the Pre-classical Period (2500-100 BCE), probably by the Olmec, and became a common Mesoamerica- wide feature of the urban landscape by the Classical Period (300-900 CE). Eventually, the game was even exported to other cultures in North America and the Caribbean.
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    Hierarchy;
    Maya society was rigidly divided between nobles, commoners, serfs, and slaves. The noble class was complex and specialized. Nobles were literate and wealthy, and typically lived in the central areas of Maya cities. Commoners worked as farmers,laborers, and servants. The social classes for Mayans were divided as said into the king, nobles, commoners, serfs, and finally slaves. The king was believed to be related to the gods, so he had political and religious power over everyone else. Nobles were the other part of the upper class which included priests, merchants, and rich warriors.
    What Maya social class was responsible for most of the writing?
    Nobles and Priests; Tho only people who could read and write in ancient Maya world were most of the priests and some of the nobles. Priests; The most powerful people in the ancient Maya Empire were not the ruling families; the most powerful were the priests.
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    Clothing;
    Commoners wore simpler clothing. The men often wore loincloths while the women wore long skirts. Both men and women would use a blanket called a manta to wrap around their shoulders when it was cold. Men and women both wore their hair long. Also, the ancient Maya regularly participated in wars and conflicts and developed protective clothing. Similar to modern clothing worn by the Maya women, ancient Maya textiles were not cut to shape and did not fit them.
    Men might wear loin clothes over which they wore a wrap around the skirt or kilt you could say and they might carry a woven bag. Many me wore very bright and colorful cloth turbans on their heads. In the winter, they wore a poncho type cloak. The clothing of Mesoamerica ancient Maya and the Maya of today reveal so much about their lives and activities keeping them active. Their bodies several times and sometimes tied with a belt or with another tunic-like shirt wore over them. Also noblewomen and men wore the same thing but the priests( the most important ones) wore a different head band or some cultural hat which indicates the most wealthy and healthy, strong and importance of the priest and the band they wear are very big compared to out head bands or scarf.
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    Here are some fun or interesting facts about the Mayans;;;
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    *There pyramids and cities of theirs are still being discovered.
    *They were chocolate eaters.
    *They had a complicated system of hieroglyphs.
    *An accidental archaeologist cracked Mayan writing.
    *The Maya wrote books. Lots of books.Books.Books.Books.
    *Their calendar,while complex, did not predict the end of the world.
    *They had pretty, intense, beauty, regimens.
    *The civilization was developed by the Maya people.
    *The Maya had a writing system.
    *The Maya had the number zero.
    *The Maya built cities in the jungle.
    *The Maya built some of the biggest pyramids in the world.
    *The Maya were great astronomers.
    *The Maya played the earliest team sport game in the world.
    *The Maya had an elaborate working calendar system.
    *The Maya knew how tot make rubber balls bouncy.
    *The Maya are still living today.
    *The Maya invested chocolate.
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    This took me all morning.
    But atleast I did it.
    Also guys, stay safe and i hope you guys are doing ok!
    Im worrying too much.About you guys,
    And ill be honest, I used google for some of it and some in my own words.

  9. What did the Mayans eat ?

    The Mayans hunted, foraged, and grew food. Some meats that were commonly hunted included monkey, deer, iguana, armadillo, manatee, peccary, cavy, tapir, turtle and various birds. They also ate food from the sea, including conch, shrimp, lobster and various fish and shellfish. The Mayans grew food on a large scale, and some of the common crops were chili peppers, avocado, tomatoes, breadnut, guava, pineapple, papaya, apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, and pinto, red and black beans.
    The Mayans invented many foods that are still eaten on a regular basis. They were the first civilization to make corn tortillas, and they used their avocado crops to make an ancient form of guacamole. It is believed that the Mayans were the first people to roast cacao seeds to make chocolate, although their version was not sweetened. The Mayans used to eat traditional breakfast with scrambled eggs, black beans, cheese, fried plantains and rich coffee. They also invented tamales, which are corn husks filled with chicken, pork, cheese and vegetables.

    What did the Mayans wear?

    The Mayans primarily wore Loincloths that were made out of cotton and suitable for the hot climate that they lived in, but would wear a cloak called a manta if the weather was cold. A long cotton dress called a huipil was also worn by Mayan women. Wealthy Mayans wore jewellery crafted from jade while Mayan nobles would wear clay on their noses to create a long ridge.

    Mayan football :
    The Mayan Ball Game was a solemn experience, filled with ritual importance. Religious leaders attended, as did most chieftains and other government leaders. Sacred songs were sung and played. Other religious activities took place as well.The goal of the game was to pass the ball around, without having it touch your hands, and then get the ball to pass through one of the rings. Since the rings were so high and players were not allowed to use their hands, it was extremely difficult to get the ball through a ring. In fact, when a player did manage to get a ball through a ring, that usually ended the game. The game ended otherwise when the ball touched the ground

    Mayan jobs:
    Mayan men worked as farmers, hunters, craftsmen, artists, builders, architects and on a number of other jobs. The higher-level jobs in Mayan Society, such as military chiefs and civil officials, were occupied by the Mayan nobility.

  10. Mayan Clothing:
    The Mayans had status in clothing and area. The type of clothes that you wore was dependant on which region your from. Status comes in to clothing by simplicity. Commoners or slaves wore simple clothing. Royals and family of the King wore exclusive, rich clothing. Mayans headbands also had a very important meaning. The taller the headband, the more important you are. Each part of Mayan clothing had a unique name. For example, the headband was ‘Sombrero’. The overshirt was ‘Capixay’ and the shirt was ‘Camisa’. The belt was ‘Cinturon’ . The bag was ‘Bolsa’. The pants were ‘Pantalon’ and the shoes were ‘Sandalias’.

  11. Food:
    The Mayans diet consisted of a variety of things such as maze, papaya, chili peppers, avocado, chocolate, tomato,vanilla and sweet potato. Many of these foods relate to our every day diets such as tomato and most importantly chocolate. The Mayans discovered cocoa beans and chocolate was very valuable to them and it was thought of a luxury in there eyes. Without them, we wouldn’t be eating chocolate in current times. Additionally, there chocolate drink was very similar to the drinks in current times, however it was more spicy and bitter as it was flavoured with chilli peppers and spices. They were also very fond of maze, they even had a god of maze!!

    You may think of chocolate as a luxury, however not as much as the Mayans. The Mayan king drank 50 cups of cocoa a day, yes 50!! Chocolate was much more of a gift to the Mayans then it is a gift today, which is shown by how much the drank a day (50 cups).
    They also favoured maze very much like chocolate. This is shown as they had a maze god.

    Clothes:

    The Mayan men generally wore loincloths whereas the women wore long skirts. Both men and women would wear a blanket, which would be called manta. This would be to wrap around their shoulders when it was cold. Once they became married they would get tattoos. They also wear there hair long. Additionally, they would be able to tell who has more power as the more important you were the larger your hat would be. They also wore vibrant clothes.

    In current times women also wear skirts. Usually, young children wear skirts. We also wear vibrant clothes. On the other hand, we have created more variety of clothes such as sweater, dress,hoodies,-shirt,flip-flops,shorts,skirt,jeans.

  12. Mayan culture:
    Mayans had hundreds of Gods for many things such as death, trees, wealth and flowers. They believed that blood was the drink of the Gods so they could not displease them. They would sacrifice animals such as llamas and alpacas, captured enemies or those who lost their ball game. In modern life, some religions only have one deity for all things and most religions believe in something spiritual.

    Mayan Wealth:
    Mayans had gold and cocoa nibs as currency. Their ruler would have the most of this and they could not be sacrificed no matter what. Now, we use coins and notes as currency instead of gold and cocoa nibs or trading.

  13. Maya clothing:

    Maya warriors wore padded cotton soaked in salt (this makes it tough). Warriors went into battle wearing costumes and war paint.
    Maya textiles are the clothing and other textile arts of the Maya peoples. Women have traditionally created textiles in Maya society, and textiles were a significant form of ancient Maya art and religious beliefs. Clothes meant a lot to the Maya. Fine clothes and ormants showed how important a person was. Ajaws and noble people wore furs, feathers and jewels.
    Whomever wore the biggest headpiece was the greatest and richest, and the highest standard. They also would have the most respect. An example is the Maya ruler. He wore a long headpiece with long feathers. His ornaments are made from a green stone called ‘jade’. He also wore a spotted jaguars skin which hangs from his waist. Because of how rich and how tall the headdress was this meant people would give them emits respect and he would be the richest and the highest standered of them all.

    Comparison:

    The difference between the two is that in modern day we wear strong, iron clothes which protect the soldiers. British soldiers were known for their striking red clothing (hence the name “Redcoats”). This was actually a fairly dull shade of red until scarlet tunics came in the 1870’s. Currently, English Soldiers wear ACU with the Universal Camouflage Pattern, or UCP. By 2018, they will be wearing an Army Combat Uniform with the “Operational Camouflage Pattern.” The fabric of the uniform, the cut, the placement of pockets and other details, for instance, will remain the same. As the UK is very much a western society – we wear very much the same as any other modern western society – ranging from Jeans and T- shirts, to full business suits for office work. As well as this, we wear different brands such as:
    Clarks, this brand has 68% of usage.
    Adidas, this brand has 64% of usage.
    Nike, this brand has 66% of usage.
    These are the top 3 brands that people in Britain use.

    Maya Food:

    Simple yet scrumptious handmade corn tortillas, which are made with ground corn masa and cooked on a wood-fired oven. Corn tortillas make a hearty addition to meals ranging from roasted meats and vegetables to basic rice and beans. Fresh handmade tortillas are still in high demand in modern times because they are a delectable part of foods such as enchiladas and tacos, and are even sometimes enjoyed with nothing but fresh salsa.

    The Maya at one time ruled areas where the cocoa tree is native, so it should come as no surprise that the ancient people uncovered the magnificence of the pod fruit. The seeds were roasted to make the first incarnation of hot chocolate, which the Maya used during traditional rituals and ceremonies. The Maya sometimes used the beans as a type of currency. And they also believed that cocoa was bestowed upon them by the gods as gifts. When the Spanish began to invade Mayan settlements in the 1500s, they quickly become fond of the drink as well. The Spanish put their own twist on the drink by adding sugar and milk, which they introduced to Europe upon their return where it rapidly became a beloved treat. The avocado has become more popular than ever outside of Mexico in the last few years, but the savory fruit has actually been loved for centuries starting with the ancient Maya. They prized the avocado for its creamy texture and slightly nutty, satisfying flavor. The Maya enjoyed many different avocado variety and they made the first form of guacamole by combining avocados with onion, lime juice and spicy chilies; many versions today also incorporate ingredients such as tomato, cilantro and garlic.

  14. Food
    For the Maya, reliable food production was so important to their well-being that they closely linked the agricultural cycle to astronomy.Important rituals and ceremonies were held in honour of specialised workers; from beekeepers to fishermen, and maize, the all-important Mesoamerican staple, even had its own god.90% of the Maya population were involved in farming. Management of land and natural resources brought a more dependable harvest and varied diet,enabling economic growth.We may not realize it, but many of our favorite foods—from guacamole to chocolate—were discovered, developed, and cultivated centuries ago by the ancient Maya world.Maize was one of the most important food to the Maya.They even had a god for maize.The Maya adopted a number of adaptive techniques that, if necessary, allowed for the clear-cutting of land and re-infused the soil with nutrients.
    Cocao was one of the most favoured food and was known to be ‘the food of the gods’.The Mayans consumed chocolate by first harvesting the seeds from cacao trees. They feremented and dried them, roasted them, removed their shells, and ground them into paste. This nutritious drink seems to have been the most common Mayan method of consuming chocolate.

    In the 21st century we have many similarities between food,the main one being chocolate.Today chocolate is one of the most favoured foods because of its sweet taste and energy levels.However some of the food today is not as nutritious and organic as it used to be.

    Clothing
    Commoners wore simpler clothing. The men often wore loincloths while the women wore long skirts. Both men and women would use a blanket called a manta to wrap around their shoulders when it was cold. Men and women both wore their hair long.However there was a clear difference in the level by the clothing.Wealthy Mayans wore jewelry crafted from jade while Mayan nobles would wear clay on their noses to create a long ridge. The Mayans hunted parrots and macaws and used the feathers to make headdresses while also wearing sandals crafted from leather.You could tell who was most important by the size of the headdress.

    In the 21st century many wear a range of different type of clothes and traditional clothing is less common.There is no obvious way of telling who is rich and who is poor.

  15. Sport:
    One of the famous sports in the maya period is Pok-ta-Pok. This a game were you have to get the rubber ball in to the opponent hole. If the ball bounces more than once on the opponents team they get a point ( if you touched it last). The team with 9 points first, wins the game.

  16. Mayan Location:

    The Mayans were mainly situated at Southern Mexico. This also included places such as Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Classic Maya civilization grew up to maximum 40 cities. Each city would have held a population of around 5,000 – 50,000 people.
    Using this this information, it shows us that the Mayan population would have been at its peak, 2,000,000 people in total.
    
Todays Location:

    In Todays world, The world population is about 8 billion people, 7.8 to be exact. From what we know, the whole of the entire earths land has been discovered. The Mayans were situated between 7-8 countries, however know through time, the entire earths land has been discovered.

    Conclusion:

    The Mayans had to live in a small place homing 2,000,000 people. As time passed by the entire earths land has been discovered by us humans. This also shows a growth in population. The Mayan population compared to now has been increased by 14 times.

    Mayan Clothing:

    The Mayans had status in clothing and area. The type of clothes that you wore was dependant on which region your from. Status comes in to clothing by simplicity. Commoners or slaves wore simple clothing. Royals and family of the King wore exclusive, rich clothing. Mayans headbands also had a very important meaning. The taller the headband, the more important you are. Each part of Mayan clothing had a unique name. For example, the headband was ‘Sombrero’. The overshirt was ‘Capixay’ and the shirt was ‘Camisa’. The belt was ‘Cinturon’ . The bag was ‘Bolsa’. The pants were ‘Pantalon’ and the shoes were ‘Sandalias’.

    Todays Clothing:

    Today people wear whatever fits their needs. Some people wear unbranded, cheap clothing to save money. Others wear branded clothing such as Nike, Adidas, Tommy Jeans and other executive brands. Others wear suits and smart clothing to show that they have a high status, like Mayans. Examples of people like this would be Managers, CEO’s, And people who own their own company.

    Conclusion:

    Mayans clothing style is different to what we have today. Mayan clothing status is similar to what we have today. Mayans wore Robes and mainly fabric. Today we wear all sorts of clothing and items.

    By Zak.

    • Wow, amazing Zak! I love how enthusiastic you get about topic!
      I recognise the word sombrero, what links does it have to today’s society? Is it still used today? Where?

  17. Football:
    In Mayan football if the ball bounces 1 time on your pitch the other team gets a point. Whereas modern football you must shoot the ball in the goal to earn a point.

    Clothing:
    The mayans had to wear a certain type of clothing. Nowadays their are different types of clothing you can choose to wear.

    • Please can you answer with a bit more depth Layla?
      Was the game called football in Maya society? Were the nets the same? How many were on a team? When did you know that the match was over? Is it the same as the 90 minutes we play for today?

      Clothing – this is a bit vague?
      What clothing did they wear during the Maya period?
      What clothing do we wear now? Why do we wear different clothing.

      Have a look at some of the other answers, these are a good model of what is expected of you.

  18. Food:
    On one hand ,the ancient Maya civilization eat a range of exotic food including: sweet potatoes,maize, hot chocolate drink,tamales,corn tortillas,avacodoes guacamole and much more .Within the Mayan culture, tamales are one of the most beloved foods in their diets, made with corn masa that envelopes tasty filling options such as cheese and chilies, pork or chicken .This meal was commonly enjoyed at festivals and celebrations for many centuries. Another common food item was maize, this was in most of the Maya’s diet.This food item was extremely important, so important that they had a God of maize. The God of maize was one of the most crucial goes to the Maya’s owing connection to the stability and wealth of the crops.
    However many cooking traditions have evolved since the time of this civilization but we still eat many of their dishes including tortillas.There are now a variety of ways to make them but are still common.It is estimated that in Mexico ( where the Mayans originated from) approximately 4 million people consume it.Tamales are also still a popular dish in Mexico frequently consumed at holidays.

    Sport:
    This ancient civilization may be thousands of years old but they had entertainment. Pok a tok was a ball game played by the ancient Maya in what is now called Cancun and River Maya and there is evidence that the Aztecs also played variations of the game too.Pok a tok was not just a game. Although it was played by many people from all levels of the heirarchy for fun it was also a way to settle conflicts .Recoverd sources indicate that the losing side’s leader or/and the whole team would be killed and sacrificed to the gods.As this was played millions of years ago we do not know exactly how it was played,however we do have artefacts. We believe Pok a tok was like a cross between football and basketball ; except much difficult. The aim was for the two opposing teams to hit the hard rubber ball into the stone hoops on either side of the court athough you were only allowed to use your thighs and hips.
    Even though the Maya’s would risk their lives to play this game but there are some similarities to the modern games we play today. In basketball there is a hoop,not made from stone,and the ball is mostly made from rubber and leather.

  19. HIERARCHY

    Maya Social Structure. Maya society was dividide between Ahua (the king), nobles, priests, merchants, artisans, and slaves. The Mayan civilization was one of the most famous and mysterious Mesoamerican civilization. The noble class was grand and specialized. Noble status and the occupation in which a noble served were passed on through elite family lineages(direct descent from an ancestor),they included priests, merchants, and rich warriors.Commoners and officers were at the next level in the hierarchy. The bottom of ladder incorporated the servants and workers. At the very bottom of the ladder were slave who lived a very miserable life.Compared to the 21st century, this is a disparity. Nobody should be forced to become a slave or be kept a captive .Yes we have the monarch ,however we are not put into social stages as we are all equal .

    FOOD

    Within the Mayan culture, tamales are one of the most beloved foods in the diet(A tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican and South American dish).Their diet also consumed of many fruit/vegetables such as
    Avocados
    Tomatoes
    Beans
    Papaya
    Maize(AKA corn)
    and most importantly…

    CACAO.

    The seeds were roasted to make the first incarnation of hot chocolate, which the Maya used during traditional rituals and ceremonies. The Maya sometimes used the beans as a type of currency, and they also believed that cacao was bestowed upon them by the gods as gifts.

    All of these foods are still eaten today even cacao as a form of chocolate.Nowadays , we have a variety of food types which all have their own recipes

  20. Clothing:
    The men often wore loincloths while the women wore long skirts. Both men and women would use a blanket called a Manta to wrap around their shoulders when when it was cold. Men and women both wore their hair long.

    Comparison:
    However, nowadays, people do where short skirts and long skirts, but there modern now, whereas, in the mayan days, the material that they used where, cotton, bark cloth and hemp firbe. Mayans had access to two different types of cotton. One was white and the other one was brown.

    Food:
    The Mayan people ate a variety of foodstuffs including a wide variety of fruits, duck and bird eggs, squash, beans, maize, tomato, papaya, chilli peppers, cacao and avocados.

    Comparison:
    Nowadays, people, eat potatos and much more, whereas, the mayans eat duck, bird, eggs, squash, beans, maize, tomato, papaya, chilli peppers, cacao and avocados.

    • Good try, maybe you could go on a online grocery website and see if 21st century shops sell items such as papaya, tomatoes, squash, chilli peppers etc.

      Do they? How do some of these fruit and vegetables get to England?

  21. They different sports then football bounce ball more then 1 they also said pop to pop they it vegetables all the time and some time they eat different one

    • Awww Khadija, I was wondering where you were because you’re always on the blogs at 9am, I was getting worried. I look forward to reading your comparison and before I read it I want to say a huge well done. You’ve shown true dedication every single day! I hope all of 6B can follow in your footsteps!

      You’re a super BH citizen!

  22. Food:

    Ancient Maya cuisine was varied and extensive. Many different types of resources were consumed, including maritime, flora, and faunal material, and food was obtained or produced through strategies such as hunting, foraging, and large-scale agricultural production. Ancient Maya cuisine was varied and extensive. Many different types of resources were consumed, including maritime, flora, and faunal material, and food was obtained or produced through strategies such as hunting, foraging, and large-scale agricultural production. Although many of the traditions and customs that belonged to the ancient Mayan society remain unknown, there were portions of their culture that were chronicled, and one important part that is still alive and well today is the foods they dined upon. Several of the staple foods in their diet are still consumed regularly in countries like Mexico where the Maya at one time ruled large regions. While the foods may have ancient roots, the scrumptious foods that are listed below are as relevant as ever. The ancient Maya discovered these foods hundreds of years ago, yet these foods are still found in many home kitchens, not to mention restaurants, today. Tamales
    Within the Mayan culture, tamales are one of the most beloved foods in the diet. Made with corn masa that envelops tasty filling options such as cheese and chilis, pork or chicken, they are then wrapped up in corn husks or banana leaves and steamed. Once they are done, tamales are unwrapped and eaten, typically with a hearty portion of freshly made salsa on top. Tamales are sometimes also made with sweet fillings like fruit or sweet corn. The Maya have been making and enjoying tamales as part of festivals and celebrations for many centuries, and they are still a favourite treat in Mexico during the holiday season (even though they are made all year long)
    Coro Tortillas Simple yet delicious handmade corn tortillas, which are made with ground corn masa and cooked on a wood-fired oven or a traditional comal, have been a diet staple for centuries for the indigenous Maya. Corn tortillas make a hearty addition to meals ranging from roasted meats and vegetables to basic rice and beans. Fresh handmade tortillas are still in high demand in modern times because they are a delectable part of foods such as enchiladas and tacos, and are even sometimes enjoyed with nothing but fresh salsa.
    Chocolate
    The Maya at one time ruled areas where the cacao tree is native, so it should come as no surprise that the ancient people uncovered the magnificence of the pod fruit. The seeds were roasted to make the first incarnation of hot chocolate, which the Maya used during traditional rituals and ceremonies. The Maya sometimes used the beans as a type of currency, and they also believed that cacao was bestowed upon them by the gods as gifts. When the Spanish began to invade Mayan settlements in the 1500s, they quickly become fond of the drink as well. The Spanish put their own twist on the beverage by adding sugar and milk, which they introduced to Europe upon their return where it rapidly became a beloved treat. Traditional Breakfast
    Ancient Mayan dining traditions have long influenced the typical breakfast served in Mexico, which often contains scrambled eggs that are accompanied by queso Blanco (white cheese), beans and lots of piping hot tortillas guarded in a basket lined with cloth. The most common breakfast drink, meanwhile, is a steaming cup of coffee made with beans that are locally grown and roasted.
    Avocados and Guacamole
    The avocado has become more popular than ever outside of Mexico in the last few years, but the savoury fruit has actually been revered for centuries starting with the ancient Maya. They prized the avocado for its creamy texture and slightly nutty, satisfying flavour. The Maya enjoyed many different avocado varieties and they made the first form of guacamole by combining avocados with onion, lime juice and spicy chilis; many versions today also incorporate ingredients such as tomato, cilantro and garlic.
    Poc Chuc
    Native to the Yucatan Peninsula, this dish was made with meant that was preserved with salt long before refrigeration was invented. It boasts a rich depth of flavour thanks to the balance of salted slow-cooked pork and the acidic zing of orange juice and vinegar for a truly distinctive dish. Cilantro and sautéed onions finish it all off, making POC chuc a memorable food to try when visiting the region. Our taste buds can thank the ancient Mayans for their incredible gift of delectable cuisine that still has a direct impact on the foods made and served in Mexico today. Fruits eaten included guava, papaya, avocado, custard apple, and sweetsop. A frothy chocolate drink and honey were also popular desserts. Another very popular drink was pulque beer, known to the Maya as chih and made from fermented agave juice.

    Clothing

    Commoners wore simpler clothing. The men often wore loincloths while the women wore long skirts. Both men and women would use a blanket called a manta to wrap around their shoulders when it was cold. Men and women both wore their hair l together to witness the performance of rituals or other ceremonial duties, the ruling elite would wear large, lavish, outfits to reflect their important positions in society. These outfits would include large feathered headdresses, jade jewellery, and clothing made from the skins of dangerous animals (such as jaguars).
    Together to witness the performance of rituals or other ceremonial duties, the ruling elite would wear large, lavish, outfits to reflect their important positions in society. These outfits would include large feathered headdresses, jade jewellery, and clothing made from the skins of dangerous animals (such as jaguars). There is not a lot known about how the Maya dressed like in ancient times, and what is known mostly is information on people understood to have been elites. This is because of the environment in which the ancient Maya lived. That is, like the codices, a lot of the clothing has rotted away because of humidity. (Archaeologists have found pieces of cloth sometimes, such as in the Sacred Cenote.)
    Instead, archaeologists try to interpret the fashion sense of the Maya civilization via various other mediums. Examples of these mediums include things like pottery that has been painted, carvings like lintels and monuments, ceramic figurines, the four known codices, and murals. Archaeologists also have used records that people made in the 1500s.

    Sports:

    A lot of their entertainment was centred around religious ceremonies. They played music, danced, and played games such as the Maya ball game.
    The ancient Maya ballgame called Pitz was part of Maya political, religious, and social life. Played with a rubber ball ranging in size from that of a softball to a soccer ball, players would attempt to bounce the ball without using their hands through stone hoops attached to the sides of the ball court.

    Their deadliest game was pok a tok!:

    The goal of the game was to pass the ball around, without having it touch your hands, and then get the ball to pass through one of the rings. Since the rings were so high and players were not allowed to use their hands, it was extremely difficult to get the ball through a ring. In fact, when a player did manage to get a ball through a ring, that usually ended the game. The game ended otherwise when the ball touched the ground.

    The Mayan Ball Game was a solemn experience, filled with ritual importance. Religious leaders attended, as did most chieftains and other government leaders. Sacred songs were sung and played. Other religious activities took place as well.

    I’ ve done the Mayans task, Mrs Ahmed!!

    By Khadijah

    • Very impressed with the detail.

      I’ve learnt lots of new facts too, I had never heard of the Tamalas food before and I agree with them in thinking Chocolate is still a sacred food-I love chocolate!

      The outfits for the important members of Maya society sound lavish, I would love to wear a fancy head dress but can imagine that would hurt after a few hours.

      Once again, huge well done for your dedication to learning.

  23. Clothing:
    During in that time period the Maya wore Loincloths that were made out of cotton and suitable for the hot climate that they lived in, but would wear a cloak called a manta if the weather was cold. A long cotton dress called a huipil was also worn by Mayan women.
    But now days we wear trousers, hoodies which are comfortable to wear.

    Food:
    The Mayans always loved to eat vegetables such as Avocados
    , beans, squashes,and a tiny grain called quinoa .
    However in the Modern days we still eat these healthy fruits or vegetable now days.

    • In Maya times all the food was fresh, they hunted the animals and cooked them right away, they picked fruit and vegetables and ate them straight away.

      Yahya can you tell me which electronic item do we have in our homes which means we can store our fresh products so they last longer than a few days?

  24. Food:
    The Mayas cuisine consisted of a variety of food such as fruits, duck and bird eggs, squash, beans, maize, tomato, papaya, chilli peppers, cacao, and avocados. Maize was generally made into a paste or porridge to be consumed by the masses. Corn tortillas and tamales were also a staple food. Tamales are made from a mixture of corn dough (masa) and filling, wrapped in a banana leaf or corn husk, and then steamed. Cacao was traditionally eaten raw unlike today were brands such as Cadbury add ADDITIONAL sugar and sweeteners.
    Before the Mayans used to consume fruits directly from trees and eat them however nowadays we wash and rinse ours before and we selectively choose our fruits.
    Also, we now eat much more fatty and unhealthy food whereas the Mayans were really healthy regarding their diet and excessive amounts of sugar or salt was not consumed. The average amount of calories Mayans consumed in one day was closed to 2000 but did not exceed 3000. However, after 1970 up till 2020 it has increased another 23 percent or so.

    Clothing:
    Commoners wore simpler clothing. The men often wore loincloths while the women wore long skirts. Both men and women would use a blanket called a manta to wrap around their shoulders when it was cold. Men and women both wore their hair long.
    If somebody happened to wear a larger or much taller hat or headpiece then they would be socially accepted as more higher standard people or citizens. As with other garments worn by these cultures, the decoration of footwear indicated a person’s social status.

    Nowadays, we still were skirts however if you see the Mayans used to wear longs skirts which were not made out of cotton our deluxe material which we use in this modern century. Additionally, we can still traditionally wear blankets above our clothes. In fact, people have embraced this style and have made real clothes which are more fashion blankets with arm holes in them. Also, our clothes do not tell a massive difference between social statuses. However if people were more well presentable and fancier clothes than they can accept them to be a higher standard. Our shoes do not give a massive clue to others if we are more rich or higher standard. Speaking of shoes, we now, in the 21st century, wear sneakers sports shoes, sandals, high heels, boots, doc martins and many more. They come in a variety of colours and can be made from a range of cloth /material such as leather, faux leather, normal cloth, textiles and rubber.

  25. clothing:
    Women wore long dresses and if a king wore really better clothes than the poor people.

    In nowadays we all wear different clothes and different shoes also we are colourful.

    • Haya, you’re capable of writing in full sentences, using conjunctions and writing sentences which make sense. Please double check before you post.

      It clearly states your task is to compare two areas of Maya life.

      When thinking about clothes, think about the fur, feathers, head dresses, the materials.

  26. Food:
    The Mayans used to eat a wide variety of fruits, duck and bird eggs, squash, beans, maize, tomatoes, papaya, chili peppers, chocolate, and avocados.There favorite was sweet potatoes, vanilla, avocado,tomatoes and chocolate.In the modern life we have different food to them.
    Clothing:
    The men often wore loincloths while the women wore long skirts. Both men and women would use a blanket called a manta to wrap around their shoulders when it was cold. Men and women both wore their hair long.

  27. Food:
    The Mayan people ate a variety of foods:Beans,maize,tomato,papaya and avocados and many more.Although,maize was generally made into a paste or porridge to be consume by the masses.However,today we have better food because centurys ago they had simple food,we also have healthy food to keep us fit and strong.

    • What do you mean better food? Please expand.

      For example we still use potatoes as the Maya did, however we can use potatoes to make mash potatoe, we can slice and fry them to make fries.

      Why didn’t the Maya’s eat fries and use potatoes to make crisps?

  28. Food:
    The Mayans ate a variety of food like squash, beans, maize(corn) and a lot of different food. But there favourite was the chocolate from the cocoa beans. The mayans cooked their food with balls according to many discoveries. The process of which they started from was by continuously placing whole roots, squash fruits or packets of food wrapped in maize on the hot stones. The. To finish the process of making their food they would finally would cover the food in earth and leaves to seal of the heat to make the food continuously cooking.

    Clothing:
    When ever the mayans went to a special or any event their like power status would depend on the hat they are wearing. If the king is there or their main leader he would have the biggest hat. Fo the commons they would wear simpler clothing. They would wear just one plain colour but as there royalty they would wear clothes which would have complex patterns and which had a variety of colours.

  29. Clothing
    Men used to wear loincloth while women wore long skirts. Men and women would us a blanket (manta) to wrap around their shoulders when it is cold.
    Location is in Central America and Mexico.

  30. Clothing:
    Common people in Mayan culture wore simple clothing. Men usually wore loincloths and Women wore long skirts. Both men and women would wear blankets called “manta” which they would wrap themselves in when it was cold. Men and Women both had long hair. The bigger the headress is the more important they are.
    Now days we wear modest clothes that are more modern. Some people wear scarfs, headscarf, hats and caps. Also people wear shorts and jeans. We also wear shirts and crop tops. We still wear skirts but we usually normally wear short skirts but it is rare to see a lot of people wear long skirts.

      • Not everyone wears the same clothing as there is different religion and culture. It varies because in the Mayan times they would wear similar clothing to each other but nowadays everyone is themselves and they wear what they like and fancy.

  31. Clothing:
    mayans wore loincloths that were made out of cotten sutible for the warm climat but would wear a blanket called a manta to wrap around when the were cold. But as a result people now wear trendy things such as:jeans,huddys and branded things.
    Food:
    The maya people at lots of tips of food such as:fruits,ducks and brid eggs,squash,beans,tomato,papaya,chili peper,cocoa and avocado however know we eat :fats,proteins,carbohydrates and alchol.

  32. Mayan life differs from ours because of their climate.With it being in Central America including hot countries such as Mexico and Guatemala reaching about 24 degrees in January when in our climate we reach about the 4-5 mark.Their skills also differ from ours.Normally you would see a difference in size in jolly old England but in the Mayan civilisation every male had to be strong and fit for all the Jaguars,snakes and any other predator that lives in the rain forest.In our country we have a diverse community with very little racial problems but however Mayans only had one specific religion that they seemed to stay firm with.They even had over 150 gods.Though they are similar to us as they had sports that they could enjoy and to entertain the public just like our football.They also had a very peace full life with no wars just like us and also had a very good understanding in time and how it functioned.Even though they did get some stuff wrong in their calendar but also was accurate about 365 days year.So there you go.The end.

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