The Mayas were often at war. Some scholars say
they were always at war.
Well-trained warriors were important to the Maya
way of life. The job of warrior was highly respected. Respect was very
important to the Mayas. So was confidence.
One of the things warriors would do
before they went into battle was to create a confidence building shield.
This was a round flat circle, covered with pictures that represented all
the wonderful things they had accomplished and all the battles they had
won. Before a big battle, warriors would dance around holding their
shields, accompanied by noisemakers, to rev themselves up for battle.