Mayan Facts For Kids – Fun Facts About The Mayan Civilization

Mayan Facts For Kids

Fun Facts About The Mayan Civilization

Mayan Facts For Kids

El Castillo at Chichen Itza

Thank you for stopping by to check out some fun Mayan facts for kids! I have always been fascinated by the ancient people that inhabited Central and South America. I’m hoping these fun facts about Mayan’s and their civilization will peak your interest and you will continue your education about these fascinating people. Not only were they incredible and mysterious in how they lived, but also how they left. No one knows for sure what happened to the Mayan civilization. They went from being extremely powerful to basically not existing. Learn more below!

You are sure to learn about the Mayan’s in school at some point, but you might as well get a jump on what you know! Let’s get started!

Fun and Fast Mayan Facts For Kids

Mayan Civilization Fast Facts
When did the Mayan’s live? – Around 2600 B.C. – That’s around 4600 years ago!
Where did the Mayan’s live? – They lived in the Yucatan. Today this are is southern Mexico, Guatemala, northern Belize and western Honduras.
What are the Mayan’s most famous for? – Astronomy, Calendar Systems and Hieroglyphic Writing
What was the population of the Mayan Civilization? – It is estimated that at it’s peak the Mayan Civilation had around 2 million people.

 

Fun Facts About The Mayans

Now that you know a little bit about the Mayan Civilization, let’s really dig into some fun facts about the Mayans. This is the part you have been waiting for, check out the Mayan Civilization facts for kids!

Mayan Facts For Kids

♦ By the year 250 A.D. the Mayan civilization reached it’s peak power. Their population reached as much as 2,000,000 people.

♦ They called the Yucatan home. This is in the areas of western Honduras, Guatemala, northern Belize and southern Mexico.

♦ The Mayan’s did not use a central ruler with their empire. They employed more of a city-state system of government. They had as many as 20 separate areas where each city had it’s own leader and noble class. These larger cities were supported by smaller cities in the surrounding areas. You can compare it to a city with suburbs.

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Mayan Hieroglyphs or Glyphs.

♦ The Mayan civilization is most famous for being advanced in certain areas. They developed a calendar system, used advanced hieroglyphic writing and showed incredibly developed knowledge of astronomy

♦ They were good at creating structures. Many of them are still around for people to see. They created pyramids, palaces, temples observatories and ceremonial structures. Maybe even more impressive is that they did all of this with no metal tools.

♦ They are also known for developing their own irrigation systems. They had little groundwater to work with, so they developed large underground reservoirs to store their water.

♦ The Mayans were very skilled at farming, they used their knowledge if irrigation to help them develop systems to help water their crops.

♦ Mayans were also very skilled at pottery and weaving. They thrived with trading amongst each other and would clear routes through the jungles to create trade routes.

♦ The Mayans were skilled with reading and writing with they glyph system. They created up to 800 different glyphs. Some glyphs represented sounds while others were pictures that represented words. They would chisel and record glyphs in stone and inside ancient books called Codices.

♦ Codices are an ancient book that the Mayans used to write in. The pages were a fig bark covered in white lime and the book was bound with jaguar skins. These books were important to the Mayans, they recorded their history, religion, astronomy and medicine.

mayan calendar

Mayan Calendar

♦ Mayan society was made up of classes. The bottom of the class was made up of slaves and workers, the middle class was made up of traders, craftsman and warriors the top of the class was made up of priests and nobles.

♦ The Mayan civilization was very musical and artistic. They wove beautiful fabrics and made musical instruments like castanets, horns and drums. They also carved huge statues. Their artwork was a reflection of their daily life, gods and leaders.

♦ No one knows exactly what happened to the Mayan civilization. Around 300 to 900  AD something really bad happened to the Mayans. Some popular theories are that they were invaded by an outside people, there was a major natural disaster, disease. They believe the natural disaster could have wiped out trade routes that took years to make, this would have been disastrous to their economy.

♦ By the time the Mayan’s were at their peak power, they had over 30 languages and related dialects.

♦ The Mayans thrived for over 2,000 years.

♦ Mayans would take bark of the blache tree and fermented honey to create their most popular drink the Blache.

♦ Mayans would use sauna style sweat baths to help purify their body. It was common belief that this practice helped purify them.

♦ Mayan culture was very religious. They practiced human sacrifice for medical and religious purposes.

♦ Complex tattoos were common among both men and women in Mayan culture.

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Mayan Facts For Kids – Interesting Facts About Mayan Civilization

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Fun Mayan Facts For Kids – Conclusion

Thank you for stopping by, we greatly appreciate it! I hope that you had the opportunity to really learn something about the Mayan culture today. There is much more to learn, please don’t let your curiosity about the Mayan civilization stop here! Keep exploring and learning about this fascinating and wonderful culture.

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