Maya of Central America



• Studying Mayan history is important because their writing system is unique and beautiful. It's glyph-abet uses multiple images to express words and this gives the system rich visual connotations.
• They were ruled by a King who they thought was devine. It was an oppressive theology in which the rich were all powerful.
• By the time the Europeans came the Mayan Empire had collapsed. The, perhaps because the rich exploited the environment. After 1492, when the Spanish conquered the old Mayan Territory burned almost all their books.

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