While much is known about the Mayans' achievements, one question lingers in the minds of historians and archaeologists who examine the artifacts they left behind: what was daily life like for Mayans? The classical Mayan period was between 250 and 950 CE, and the Mayan Empire stretched through much of Central America, including southern Mexico, all of Belize and Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. In the early 16th century, however, the Mayans were conquered by the Spanish. Through the Spanish conquistadors, especially Diego de Landa, there exists a comprehensive guide (actually de Landa's account has been called an “ethnographic masterpiece”) as to what life in ancient Mayan civilization was like. While they have things in common with other ancient civilizations — like the penchant for head binding they share with the ancient Egyptians — there are also many truly unique elements to everyday life for the Mayans.
This list will let you know what being a Mayan was like on the day to day: what they ate, how they dressed, what they did for fun... and of course, how they performed human sacrifices.
They Got Intoxicated With Enemas Made Of Fermented Chocolate
Ancient Mayans Put Gems In Their Teeth
They Worshipped Over 165 Gods And Dabbled In Human Sacrifice
They Ate Delicious Things Like Avocados, Chocolate, And Tamales
Tattoos And Piercings Were A Huge Part Of Their Culture
They Took Their Ballgames Very Seriously