Pages 9 (2259 words)
World history had a variety f cultures that contribute to our societies. One f the cultures is the Maya. Throughout their history the Maya were in contact with other groups f Indians on all sides, particularly with the nations f Mexico. For long periods sections f the Maya were under the political domination f Mexican rulers…
It also included the Yucatan Peninsula, the northwest to the Isthmus f Tehuantepec and southwest into Honduras and El Salvador (Brainerd 7). The Maya culture had interesting aspects in their civilization or that they accomplished over time. The important aspects f the Mayas are their physical characteristics, how they dress, their social organization, the agriculture, art and techniques, religion, god and goddesses, architecture, trade, mathematics and government.
The physical characteristics f the Maya culture are the following; they were short, long-bodied, and chunky, with good muscle development and a tendency to gain weight. The heads were broad, lips prominent, noses had a high convex bridge and curved pendulous tip. The chin and forehead were somewhat receding, eyes had a mongoloid cast with heavy lids and cheekbones were prominent. Skin color varied from medium to dark-brown, and the hair was black, straight to rarely wavy (Brainerd 9). A greater physical variability among the highlands Maya, the language diversity, and the historical accounts all suggest that they have been subject to much more outside influence than have the lowland peoples. (Robinson 2002) The Maya language is spoken by most Yucatecans. But many f them do not speak Spanish. There is evidence f impoverishment f Maya vocabulary over the last 200 years, but the language is still in good form (Brainerd 10).