A different noble family ruled each city. The
Mayas were governed
by city-state. The same family ruled forever. The crown
was handed from father to son forever. Their right to rule came from the
fact that they were direct descendants of the Hero Twins. They were the
kids of the kids of the kids of the original Hero
The nobles were all the people who were not
actually the rulers, but were of royal blood - the brothers and sisters
and cousins and aunts and uncles of the ruling family. Nobles believed
they were so important that, when they appeared in public, their
attendants would hold a cloth in front of their face. That way, no one
could talk to them directly.
Fashion: Maya nobles spent a great deal of time on their
personal appearance. They bathed often. They pierced their ears.
They covered their bodies with tattoos. They painted their bodies. They
loved fancy colorful embroidery added to their clothing. They loved
straight black hair and high cheekbones. They loved jewelry.
Most of all, they loved hats! Hats were very
important. The Mayas believed that the bigger the hat, the more
important the wearer. Some of the headdresses worn by nobles were taller
than they were.
As in most ancient cultures, the nobles life was
one of leisure. They had the time to spend on what they believed made
them look beautiful.