The music of the ancient Mayan courts is described through native and Spanish 16th-century texts and is depicted in the art of the Classic Period (200-900 AD). The Maya played instruments such as trumpets, flutes, whistles, and drums, and used music to accompany funerals, celebrations, and other rituals.
The Aztecs used a variety of wind and percussion instruments to make music . The most popular wind instruments included clay flutes, ocarinas, and conch shell trumpets. Aztec percussion instruments included rattles, rasps, shakers, and a variety of drums.
One of the many things the ancient Mayas are remembered for is their ball game, which they called pitz. Nowadays, many people consider themselves die-hard sports fans. Well, the ancient Mayas took this to a whole different level.
The Maya . Although gold was panned in the Guatemala highlands, it was not produced in great quantity. For the most part, Mayans traded for their gold with other Mesoamerican peoples. It is also considered the biggest collection of gold work discovered in the region.
Skull and Cross-Tones The sound of the death whistle is the most frightening thing we’ve ever heard. It literally sounds like a screeching zombie. We can only imagine what it would be like to hear hundreds of whistles from an Aztec army on the march.
Aztec Writing The Aztecs wrote using symbols called glyphs or pictographs. They didn’t have an alphabet, but used pictures to represent events, items, or sounds. Only the priests knew how to read and write.
Although much of the Maya life was spent doing hard work, they did enjoy entertainment as well. A lot of their entertainment was centered around religious ceremonies. They played music, danced, and played games such as the Maya ball game.
Humans and the lords of the underworld battled it out by playing the game , according to the creation story the known as the Popol Vuh. In this way, the ball court was a portal to Xibalba — the Mayan underworld. There are even some depictions of ball players playing with the heads of the losers in place of a ball.
The Mayan Pantheon: Gods and Goddesses Itzamna. Itzamna is a creator god, one of the gods involved in creating human beings and father of the Bacabs, who upheld the corners of the world. Yum Kaax . A nature god, Yum Kaax is the god of wild plants and animals, the god of the woods. Maize God . Hunab Ku. Kinich Ahau. Ix Chel. Chaac . Kukulkan.
The Maya have lived in Central America for many centuries. They are one of the many Precolumbian native peoples of Mesoamerica . In the past and today they occupy Guatemala, adjacent portions of Chiapas and Tabasco, the whole of the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, and the western edges of Honduras and Salvador.