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Chaac mask from Uxmal


The Mayans developed a hierarchical government ruled by kings and priests.  They lived in independent city-states consisting of rural communities and large urban ceremonial centers.  There were no standing armies, but warfare played an important role in religion, power and prestige.  Religion  was woven into all facets of daily life and was the major unifying factor of the civilization.  They practiced human sacrifice and would often raid other communities to obtain victims.

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