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Explore the Captivating History and Mythology of the Maya Free History BONUS Inside! In this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the myste Explore the Captivating History and Mythology of the Maya Free History BONUS Inside! In this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the mysteries surrounding their demise, and some of the unique places where Maya exist to this day. In the first part of this book, you will discover the origins of the Maya civilization and the Mesoamerican cultures that may have influenced them. You will find out why Maya (out of all the different tribes that existed in the region at the time) have captured the imagination of the West so much. The book will reveal how they lived, ate, slept, whom they worshipped, and how they used herbal medicines and hallucinogenic plants to treat the sick. You learn about their trading routes and rivalries with another famous Mesoamerican tribe—the Aztecs. The book will go into the decline of the Maya civilization and how their rivalries with the Aztecs aided the victory of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, led by the famous Spaniard Hernán Cortés. You will also learn about the heroic efforts of the Maya to fend off the Spaniards, and why they were able to succeed at this task for much longer than the Aztecs. The book will also track down the Maya living today, a population that is still six-million strong and adhere to many of the traditions that their ancestors once held. In among the battle tales and gore of human sacrifice, you will get some delicious cocoa recipes, Maya-style, that you can make at home. After you have discovered all about the Maya origins, their cuisine, and their most notable events to present day, the book will go into the aspect that’s often the reason why so many people have been fascinated by the Maya civilization throughout the ages. You will learn about their mythology, cosmology, and the solar calendar that resulted in the infamous doomsday scare back in 2012. Some of the topics and questions covered in this book include: Maya Timeline Glossary of Important Maya Terms The Origins of the Mesoamerican Civilizations The Archaic period: 7000 – 2000 BC The Olmecs: 1,200 – 300 BC The Preclassic Period and the Magnificent Zapotec Early Preclassic period: 2000 to 1000 BC Cuello and early Maya architecture Middle Preclassic period: 1000 to 300 BC The Zapotec: 600 BC to AD 800 Late Preclassic period: 300 BC to AD 250 The Classic Period, Doomsday Calendar, and the Mystery of the Red Queen Early Classic – AD 250 to 600 How Maya measured the time Late Classic – AD 600 to 900 The mystery of the Red Queen Terminal Classic – AD 900 to 1000 Food, Rites, and Gruesome Tales How to make Maya hot chocolate at home How did the Maya grow their food? The Maize god The Maya beauty standards The sacred Ball Game The Decline of the Maya Civilization and Human Sacrifice Early Postclassic – AD 1000 to 1250 Inside Chichen Itza – features of Maya cities The Maya Observatory (El Caracol) Human sacrifice and the methods The Kukulkan pyra


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Explore the Captivating History and Mythology of the Maya Free History BONUS Inside! In this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the myste Explore the Captivating History and Mythology of the Maya Free History BONUS Inside! In this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the mysteries surrounding their demise, and some of the unique places where Maya exist to this day. In the first part of this book, you will discover the origins of the Maya civilization and the Mesoamerican cultures that may have influenced them. You will find out why Maya (out of all the different tribes that existed in the region at the time) have captured the imagination of the West so much. The book will reveal how they lived, ate, slept, whom they worshipped, and how they used herbal medicines and hallucinogenic plants to treat the sick. You learn about their trading routes and rivalries with another famous Mesoamerican tribe—the Aztecs. The book will go into the decline of the Maya civilization and how their rivalries with the Aztecs aided the victory of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, led by the famous Spaniard Hernán Cortés. You will also learn about the heroic efforts of the Maya to fend off the Spaniards, and why they were able to succeed at this task for much longer than the Aztecs. The book will also track down the Maya living today, a population that is still six-million strong and adhere to many of the traditions that their ancestors once held. In among the battle tales and gore of human sacrifice, you will get some delicious cocoa recipes, Maya-style, that you can make at home. After you have discovered all about the Maya origins, their cuisine, and their most notable events to present day, the book will go into the aspect that’s often the reason why so many people have been fascinated by the Maya civilization throughout the ages. You will learn about their mythology, cosmology, and the solar calendar that resulted in the infamous doomsday scare back in 2012. Some of the topics and questions covered in this book include: Maya Timeline Glossary of Important Maya Terms The Origins of the Mesoamerican Civilizations The Archaic period: 7000 – 2000 BC The Olmecs: 1,200 – 300 BC The Preclassic Period and the Magnificent Zapotec Early Preclassic period: 2000 to 1000 BC Cuello and early Maya architecture Middle Preclassic period: 1000 to 300 BC The Zapotec: 600 BC to AD 800 Late Preclassic period: 300 BC to AD 250 The Classic Period, Doomsday Calendar, and the Mystery of the Red Queen Early Classic – AD 250 to 600 How Maya measured the time Late Classic – AD 600 to 900 The mystery of the Red Queen Terminal Classic – AD 900 to 1000 Food, Rites, and Gruesome Tales How to make Maya hot chocolate at home How did the Maya grow their food? The Maize god The Maya beauty standards The sacred Ball Game The Decline of the Maya Civilization and Human Sacrifice Early Postclassic – AD 1000 to 1250 Inside Chichen Itza – features of Maya cities The Maya Observatory (El Caracol) Human sacrifice and the methods The Kukulkan pyra

54 review for Maya Civilization: A Captivating Guide to Maya History and Maya Mythology (Mayan Civilization, Aztecs and Incas Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kavitha Sivakumar

    A power packed book. Before this book, I only knew that Mayan civilization is an advanced one, Mayans predicted the calendar with more precision due to their advanced knowledge of astrology, and that the entire Mayan population were annihilated. Knew a lot about Mayan civilization from this small book including that 6 million Mayan people are still alive in Central America over various countries. Whet my appetite to learn more. I now understand how the non-Indians might feel about various gods wh A power packed book. Before this book, I only knew that Mayan civilization is an advanced one, Mayans predicted the calendar with more precision due to their advanced knowledge of astrology, and that the entire Mayan population were annihilated. Knew a lot about Mayan civilization from this small book including that 6 million Mayan people are still alive in Central America over various countries. Whet my appetite to learn more. I now understand how the non-Indians might feel about various gods when they read about Ramayana and Mahabharata. My head swam trying to keep straight the various gods mentioned (only handful of 160+ gods were discussed though) in this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jacques Coulardeau

    It is a gate to enter this world. try it A simple book that clears a few mysteries but not all of them about the Mayas. To start the Maya people around 7,000 BCE is better than most approaches but it is not exactly enough. It corresponds to the development of agriculture in Mesoamerica, but it does not take into account a very important fact concerning both maize and their writing system. The point is that it must have started long before for the maize we know that cannot sow itself to be able to It is a gate to enter this world. try it A simple book that clears a few mysteries but not all of them about the Mayas. To start the Maya people around 7,000 BCE is better than most approaches but it is not exactly enough. It corresponds to the development of agriculture in Mesoamerica, but it does not take into account a very important fact concerning both maize and their writing system. The point is that it must have started long before for the maize we know that cannot sow itself to be able to evolve from the various wild varieties that still exist in Mesoamerica. And that could only happen with the help of human hands. I would personally evaluate the beginning of agriculture in Mesoamerica and southern America as starting right after the Ice Age and even before the rising of waters, just with the climate change that brought more warmth and more water; hence at least 12,000 BCE. When you add the writing system to this agriculture you need quite a few thousand years to invent and develop this writing system from absolutely nothing at all. At least nothing at all we know about. It took some five or six thousand years for the Sumerian to develop their writing system, cuneiform writing, which is so simple when compared to Maya writing. We under-evaluate the length of time needed for these two developments. And we could add the calendar, cosmology, and mathematics the Mayas controlled so well. But agriculture also required a new division of labor with a ruling elite and a religious organization that justified that ruling elite. That too required a few millennia if not many to develop little by little. This new elite is definitely male, but males are dominant through and through: the warriors are all men. The prisoners are all men. The sacrificed individuals, be they war-prisoners or plain volunteers, are all men. That leads me to the most intriguing part of this civilization, the blood culture with two dimensions. Human sacrifice with beheading, dismembering and other slow progressive death rituals with war prisoners. But also the human sacrifice of volunteers, true volunteers or appointed volunteers, to get their heart ripped out of their chest, still beating in the living sacrificial individual. Another form is also known, with a young man attached to some sacrificial post and being slowly put to death with bows and arrows. The honor for the young man and his family depends on how he submits to the sacrifice and how long he lasts, which implies how skilled the bowmen are at hitting the young man in non-deadly places causing distress and suffering and thus measuring how the young man takes it. Another form of blood sacrifice is alluded to but not explained. Men very often, within some ritual event, scarify themselves, particularly on their genitalia, to pour blood, the more the better. This is performed by the subject himself with no outside help. At this point, we can wonder why blood is so important in that culture. The explanation given in this book is that the Gods like blood. I think there is something else: to go through such rites, be they lethal or just scarifying, is not only satisfying the Gods (like Abraham nearly did with his two sons) but it also brings honor and social respect, maybe even social prominence, to the individual and his family. We could even wonder if the practice of men scarifying their genitals to pour blood is not a way to provide these men with the menstrual blood lettign they do not have naturally like women, a mesntruazl flow that is a sign of fertility. A last a most recent discovery has to be put on the table here. Satellite pictures have shown that structures of the same type as the Maya pyramids and other buildings exist under the Amazonian rainforest. Either we have to state the Mayas moved that far south or we have to state that when the Ice Age arrived the Incas who were in Peru in the Andes were forced to come down, which they might have done even before the Ice Age and had settled in the Amazonian forest before even moving to Yucatan and Mesoamerica. This requires another approach to the migration of Homo Sapiens to America and states two migrations, one to South America after Easter Island of a stone culture. They would have arrived at the southern tip of Chile where an archaeological site is now reaching its second level dated around 25,000 BCE with a third level even lower and hence older. It is these people who would have moved north up to Mesoamerica over probably something like 10,000 years. The second migration is from Siberia, over the Bering Straits before the peak of the Ice Age since they have been archaeologically proved as settled in Alaska and in Canada around 25,000 BCE (six thousand years before the peak of the Ice Age. Yet these do not seem to be directly connected to northern American Indians who probably arrived in a later migration probably just after the peak of this Ice Age. But now the Clovis Theory has been clearly proved false we can envisage new approaches, as I have just outlined above. If you like cultural mysteries and rich cultures and civilizations this small book will be an excellent introduction. Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited but got it on a freebie day. Yes, I read all of these one way or another. In this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the mysteries surrounding their demise, and some of the unique places where Maya exist to this day. Discover the origins of the Maya Kindle Unlimited but got it on a freebie day. Yes, I read all of these one way or another. In this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the mysteries surrounding their demise, and some of the unique places where Maya exist to this day. Discover the origins of the Maya civilization and the Mesoamerican cultures that may have influenced them, find out why Maya (out of all the different tribes that existed in the region at the time) have captured the imagination of the West so much. The book will reveal how they lived, ate, slept, whom they worshipped, and how they used herbal medicines and hallucinogenic plants to treat the sick. The book will also track down the Maya living today, a population that is still six-million strong and adhere to many of the traditions that their ancestors once held. In among the battle tales and gore of human sacrifice, you will get some delicious cocoa recipes, Maya-style, that you can make at home. You will learn about their mythology, cosmology, and the solar calendar that resulted in the infamous doomsday scare back in 2012. Some of the topics and questions covered in this book include: Maya Timeline Glossary of Important Maya Terms How Maya measured the time Food, Rites, and Gruesome Tales The Maya beauty standards The Decline of the Maya Civilization and Human Sacrifice Inside Chichen Itza – features of Maya cities The Maya Observatory (El Caracol) Human sacrifice and the methods The Kukulkan pyramid Maya Today Maya Creation Story The Maya Cosmology and much more World History: Captivating Stories of Events That Shaped Our Planet (Forgotten History, History of the World, History Books) Winston Churchill: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Winston S. Churchill Franklin Roosevelt: A Captivating Guide to the Life of FDR Churchill and Roosevelt: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Franklin and Winston Haitian Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the Abolition of Slavery Adolf Hitler: A Captivating Guide to the Life of the Führer of Nazi Germany Jackie Kennedy: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Maya Civilization: A Captivating Guide to Maya History and Maya Mythology (Mayan Civilization, Aztecs and Incas Book 1) World War 2: A Captivating Guide from Beginning to End (The Second World War and D Day Book 1) Norse Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Gods, Sagas and Heroes (Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology - Greek Mythology Book 1) Egyptian Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Monsters and Mortals (Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology - Greek Mythology Book 2) Greek Mythology: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, and Monsters (Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology - Greek Mythology Book 3) Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Greek Mythology, Egyptian Mythology, and Norse Mythology (Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology - Greek Mythology Book 4 Greek Mythology: A Fascinating Guide to Understanding the Ancient Greek Religion with Its Gods, Goddesses, Monsters and Mortals (Greek Mythology - Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology Book 1) Norse Mythology: A Fascinating Guide to Understanding the Sagas, Gods, Heroes, and Beliefs of the Vikings (Greek Mythology - Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology Book 2) Egyptian Mythology: A Fascinating Guide to Understanding the Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals (Greek Mythology - Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology Book 3

  4. 4 out of 5

    R. Muzaffer

    Good but too brief and apathetic I don't know much about the Mayan civilization but the book is way too brief for someone who wants to understand the institutions and the culture beyond basic. Now this might be forgiven in a book that's written for a certain type of audience but to pass over Guatemalan tragedy involving Mayans and the Zapatista uprising, as Mayans caught in between cross fire made me throw up a little bit in my mouth. If the author does not know enough or does not feel comfortabl Good but too brief and apathetic I don't know much about the Mayan civilization but the book is way too brief for someone who wants to understand the institutions and the culture beyond basic. Now this might be forgiven in a book that's written for a certain type of audience but to pass over Guatemalan tragedy involving Mayans and the Zapatista uprising, as Mayans caught in between cross fire made me throw up a little bit in my mouth. If the author does not know enough or does not feel comfortable writing about these cases, he should not have even mentioned them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This is a good introduction to the history of the Mayan people, going into the various time periods of Mayan culture. It talks about climate change and has a reference to giants. (This is a controversial aspect of archaeology with some evidence holding there were actual giants but some saying the evidence is fake or misunderstood.) It also examines Mayan mythology, human sacrifice and the Mayan calendar. It also includes endnotes, maps of important settlements and other reference information.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Konet

    I loved learning about the Mayan culture in grade school so this was nice to revisit. This book goes in depth about the reason why the Mayans performed blood letting ceremonies. I did not know about Maya mythology so it was fun to learn the stories. I love this brief history lessons! This was only 85 pages. I am hooked on this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ginnie Downing

    Amazing This book was very educational and in lighting. It is the first book I have ever read on the Mayan civilization and I am extremely grateful that I did. I also paired it with the National Geographic Mayans documentary. So to be able to read all this great information and also see the great city at the same time was an amazing combination.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cesar Garcia Mendez

    Breve sumario El libro podría ser útil como una superficial referencia al mundo Maya como una introducción a su estudio, de no están plagado de inexactitudes y errores que hacen su lectura una perdida de tiempo.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charles Heath

    Reviewed this as a possible textbook for study abroad students, but lacks depth and a few too many errors or misperceptions. I guess this would be okay to read on a plane on your way to your vacation in Cozumel, but if you like history, for better or worse, this will leave you wanting more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam Mahler

    Very interesting I didn't know much about the Mayan civilization before this book. It was very informative and I enjoyed every page Very interesting I didn't know much about the Mayan civilization before this book. It was very informative and I enjoyed every page

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jack Simmons

    Poor Some of the most basic information is incorrect or out of context. Not really a good introduction to this complex and fascinating civilization.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brian Allen

    Interesting read I would like more details I enjoyed this book but would have liked a lot more details, I thought it jumped.around a bit.too much also.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paul Janes

    Short but informative It was a quick read with some great information. it leaves you wanting more which I think is the point...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bowen Osborn

    A bit elementary but great summary See above. Good for summary info but would have liked to have more detail about culture and society. Summary was great.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    An excellent guide to the history of the Maya Civilization. Well written and filled with lots of interesting facts.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Athene

    interesting, informative, basic, repetitive

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Ersner

    Good A good and quick history of the Maya. If you are planning on visiting the Yucatan peninsula, this is a good book to familiarize yourself with the Mayan history.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melinda B

    Interesting Read I ran a 4. I thought it was an interesting read. Love learning new things, and this definitely kept me reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Silas

    This was an interesting, quick look at Mayan culture from a variety of angles. It does not go in-depth on any of them, or cite sources, but if you want some general knowledge about the Maya, this is a decent place to start.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Peron

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daniel R Lucas

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    Paul

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    Robert Murillo

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Robinson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lea-Samira

  28. 4 out of 5

    Norma

  29. 5 out of 5

    Clark Deevers

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Calamuci

  31. 5 out of 5

    Brian Andersen

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    john severio

  33. 4 out of 5

    mary ellen halligan

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    Jay

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    Christian Lara

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    Peter Karlen

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    Janelle Gray

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    John Warner

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    Jess Kissir

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    Nandita Menon

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    Whitney

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