The Mayan Universe
Maya are perhaps the most influencial of all Meso-American culture
groups. They were talented astronomers, architecturally gifted, and
culturally developed. There was an element of brutality that fed
all of this genius that will shudder even the hardiest of horror-show lovers.
The Maya of the Yucatan in Mexico were habitual blood-letters with a taste
for human sacrifice. The other indigenous tribes often borrowed these
practices along with the writing, culture, technology and other more "civilized"
Yucatan Peninsula is the traditional site of Mayan culture.
This area is a densely forested region. The climate is hot and muggy
with an extremely high level of humidity. The forests are very short,
but very difficult to navigate. For this reason, many Mayan sites
may still lie beneath the canopy. Even today, many buildings that
are known to exist have yet to be claimed and rebuilt from where they sit
being pushed apart by the undergrowth. The search for Mayan ruins
continues today. There have been excavations even further into the
jungle as the interest in Mayan culture increases with the tourism visiting
the nations of Mexico and Central America.
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