The Mayans were one of the famous pre-Colombian Central American civilizations. The Mayan culture preceded and outlived the Aztecs by many years. It rose and fell a number of times throughout the last 2,000 years and still lives on today in the culture of several Mayans who inhabit the Yucatan peninsula. Mayan culture is known for its mathematical systems, architecture, art and astronomical systems. Here are some interesting facts about the Mayans you may not know.
The pre-Colombian Mayans frequently sought to enhance the beauty of their kids. Moms would press boards on the foreheads of their children so that they would be flatter.
Sweat baths and saunas played a big role in Mayan culture. The Mayans believed that the saunas helped them eliminate impurities.
Only some Mayan codices or books survived because the Spaniards burned most of them. They believed that they were evil.