As long as travel to exotic countries is risky or impossible, we do not waste time. After all, thanks to books with augmented reality from DEVAR, you can even go to the past! Which route to choose? In May — to the Maya!
We dived into the depths of centuries and share with you five amazing facts about the life and beliefs of an ancient civilization.
Fact number 1. “Flying treasure”
The Maya considered the sacred bird Quetzal — it personified the god of air. It was good luck to see the Quetzal. The feathers of this bird were valued by the ancient Maya more than gold and jewelry. Until now, this bird is called the “Flying Treasure”. Indeed, the commodity that most enriched the mountainous regions of the Maya “trapeze” were, oddly enough, the tail feathers of the quetzal. Now the freedom-loving quetzal bird is the national symbol of freedom in Guatemala. The national currency of this country was named in her honor.
Fact number 2. The creator of the world and its destroyer
Tezcatlipoca is the god of fate and good luck, the patron saint of priests, the lord of the stars, winter and cold, the lord of the elements, punishing criminals. He personified the air necessary for breathing and life, and at the same time the wind fanning the fire. He is the creator of the world and its destroyer. It is the face of Tezcatlipoca that is at the center of the famous Aztec stone calendar.
Fact #3. Ritual games
The game of ball for the ancient Maya was not fun, it was of a ritual nature. The ball in the game symbolized the Sun, and the teams — the struggle of day and night. The game could be played by two teams or two players. It was played with a large and heavy rubber ball. According to the rules, the ball could not be hit with the feet or hands — only with the elbows, knees, back, hips and buttocks. In the classical period, kings included the epithet “ball player” in their title. They built stadiums to commemorate victories, played to support their allies in war, and to strengthen their own power.
Fact #4. Saving Pumpkins and Frog Servants
Chak is one of the most important Mayan gods, since the harvest depended on the saving rain. According to legend, Chuck is the god of rain, thunder and lightning. In his house, at the four corners, lined up along the cardinal points, there are four large pumpkins filled with water, from which he pours moisture onto the Earth. Frogs serve him, croaking announcing the upcoming rain.
Fact number 5. The axis of the world and the secrets of the soul
Ceiba is a sacred tree of the Mayan people, it was around it that the Mayans built their settlements. They considered ceiba to be the axis around which the world revolves, and called it the “world tree”. In Maya art, the Heavenly Bird, a symbol of the primordial world and flight, was often depicted on the top of the tree, and the gods sat on the branches of the ceiba. The branches of the tree are the sky, the realm of the gods. The trunk is our world. The roots go to the depths of the earth, so the secrets hidden from the whole world are available to the ceiba, including the secrets of the human soul.
Travel with us! Look for other interesting facts in the augmented reality books Maya: Mysteries and Legacy and Maya: Legends of Civilization. After all, mandalas, mythological heroes and … coloring books come to life in them to the sounds of ethnic music. Such is the mix of lost civilizations and modern achievements.