Time Life’s Lost Civilizations: The Maya



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Time Life’s Lost Civilizations:

The Maya
1. Why did John Lloyd Stephens believe that the Maya were not a break-off of another civilization? ________
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2. What was believed to hold the key to the mystery of the Maya? ___________________________________
3. What information was found in Mayan engravings? _____________________________________________
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4. Why did Diego de Landa dedicate himself to learning the Maya language? __________________________
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5. Why did de Landa burn hundreds of Maya books in one night? ____________________________________
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6. List at least three impressive accomplishments of Mayan scientists and astrologers.


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7. How did people react to the Giles Healy’s discovery about the Maya? ______________________________
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8. What was the source of power for the Maya kings and queens? ____________________________________
9. Why did the king and queen have to shed their blood? What event were they reenacting? _______________
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10. How did this practice influence the manner in which the Maya received Christianity? _________________


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11. What did the King’s sacrifice guarantee? _____________________________________________________
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12. Whose fault was it if a problem occurred? ____________________________________________________
13. Why did the Maya Empire fall? _____________________________________________________________
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Other Notes on the Maya:




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