The Mayan Priest by Sue Guillou
The priests told the people when to plant, when to harvest, when to marry, who to marry, when to make a personal sacrifice, how to behave, and when to go to war. The priests were incredibly powerful. Festivals were held every 20 days in each Maya city, to honor the many Maya gods. The priests of each city conducted the religious part of these festivals. They danced on the steps of the temple, wearing elaborate and rather scary costumes, so that the people could see them communicating with the gods. There was one type of priest who acted as teachers for the children of the nobles.
These priests taught math, science, astronomy, medicine, writing, and of course religion. As he was about to turn back, he saw something that made him stop. A small light, followed by a head and human form rose from a pile of rocks.
Stacy-Judd called to his guides, who were able to communicate with the old man as they spoke the same language. Although the explorer and his guides spoke no common language, Stacy-Judd was informed by them, through signs, that the man was a Mayan priest who was guarding a treasure. In addition, he was told that the priest was years old. Eventually, the old man understood that they were lost, and guided them out of the cave. Pedas family. Dondi, Lerner, J.
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The name Loltun, or Stone Flower, refers to the cave's somewhat unique formation. There are five chambers around a central chamber, forming a what would look like a flower from above, if the top was removed. Ancient Origins has been quoted by:.
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Skip to main content. Not only were they expected to exercise their divine powers on a daily basis sometimes up to 6 hours a day , but they also had to fight in wars. While there were no standing armies as such, the relationships between the three city-states were riddled with frequent military conflicts, and the kings were fully expected to lead and fight battles.
Yes, there was nothing in the Mayan laws that prevented women from having godlike powers of Mayan rulers. In fact, there were quite a few successful queens of Mayan city-states. Since the godlike powers usually ran in the family, a woman was crowned when there was no male heir available, when the king was away fighting in a battle, when the heir was too young to rule, and in various other scenarios. All Rights Reserved.
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