Each city in the Maya Empire was ruled by a
different noble family.
Nobles were not the royal family. Nobles claimed
they were the descendants of the Hero Twins. That
gave them the right to rule.
did not appear in public without one of their slaves holding a cloth in
front of their face. No common person could speak to a noble. If a
commoner wanted to communicate with a noble, they had to speak to a
The nobles had slaves
to do all their manual labor type work for them. That gave them a great
deal of leisure time. They spent a great deal of their leisure on
personal grooming and garments.
used a lot of color and beautiful embroidery in their clothing. But hats
were their thing. They created the most incredible (and truly
ridiculous) hats. Each was as high as a noble could handle. Some were
only a few feet high. Some were higher. Some were taller than they
The nobles covered their bodies
with tattoos. They draped themselves in jewelry. They pierced their ears
and wore enormous earrings. They bathed often, and then painted their
Noble men acted as government
officials. Some were judges. Some directed others who were law
enforcers. Some discussed new laws that were needed, and brought those
laws to attention of the crowned leader of the city. They prayed every
day to their gods. They were not totally idle, but they did spend a
great deal of time on their personal appearance.