Ten Amazing facts about the Maya
1 – The Maya had a writing system
The Maya were the only civilization in the Americas to develop a fully-fledged writing system just like ours and were only 1 of 5 cultures in the world to have developed a writing system where they could write anything they said!
2 – The Maya had the number zero
The Maya were 1 of only 2 cultures in the world, and the only culture in the whole of the American continent, to create the number zero!
3 – The Maya built cities in the jungle
The Maya built amazing cities with pyramids and palaces and spectacular art in a rainforest where it is really difficult to live!
4 – The Maya built some of the biggest pyramids in the world
They did it without the use of metal tools, the wheel or pack animals!
5 – The Maya were great astronomers
They were noting the movements of the sun, moon, stars and even planets, and record it in books now called codices!
6 – The Maya played the earliest team sport in the world!
The Maya used a rubber ball and would try to hit the ball using their hips, elbows or knees, never their head, hands or feet!
7 – The Maya had an elaborate and accurate calendar system!
8 – The Maya knew how to make rubber balls bouncy!
The Maya and other Mesoamerican cultures mixed rubber with juice of the morning glory plant to make the balls they used in their ballgame bouncy. The modern world didn’t discover how to do this until the 19th century!
9 – The Maya are still living today
In fact half of the population of Guatemala is Maya. You can find Maya people not only in Guatemala but also in Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.
10 – The Maya invented chocolate
Finally and most importantly, we have the amazing Maya to thank for the wonder of chocolate!