One noble family
controlled each city. When
the ruling noble died, his job passed to his son.
No one else got a shot at it. The noble familiesí right to rule
originated with the
Hero Twins. Each noble family was supposedly a direct
descendant of one of the Hero Twins. That gave them the justification
they needed to keep their job. They were directly related to the gods.
The ruling noble did
not do his job alone. Part of his job was to select a council of elders
and warriors to help him rule. Other
people were additionally selected to help run the government. Some
people were chosen to enforce laws. Others were chosen to act as judges.
So the Mayas ruled themselves via a system of city-states.
ancient Greeks, the Maya city-states were both independent and
intertwined. The Maya people all spoke the same language. They used the
same system of counting. They worshiped the same gods. They told the
same myths. They had the
same laws. They wore the same style clothing. They thought of
themselves as one people.
the ancient Greeks, Maya cities were interconnected with marvelous
believe that once, long ago, there were hundreds of Maya cities. Each
Maya city had a palace, some temples, some pyramids, a central
marketplace, and of course, a
The Mayas built an
empire. The Maya civilization lasted for 1500 years. No one knows
why this empire failed. It remains a mystery.
Justice - Crimes, Courts, Punishment
Palaces, Pyramids, Temples, Ball Courts
Hero Twins - Short Version
happened to the Maya civilization?