This pre-Columbian American civilization has fascinated archaeologists and historians for generations, mostly due to how much it accomplished in spite of its abrupt demise. The Mayans had their own written language, architecture, complex social behaviour, and they also mastered basic mathematical and astronomical concepts.
Needless to say, the Mayans are among the most fascinating civilizations in history, which is why so many people take an active interest in studying them and their legacy. Over the next few minutes, we’ll focus on ten of the most interesting facts about the Mayans most people don’t know, things that are equally interesting and educational at the same time.
10They Revered Children
Interestingly enough, the Mayans used to have a deep seeded respect for their children, and they would take great pride in them at any chance they got. They would also enhance their children’s beauty artificially by pressing boards against their foreheads to flatten their skulls. This was considered attractive in Mayan society and so was having crossed eyes, which is why they would often dangle objects in front of newborns to render their eyes crossed.