Mayan ritualsThe Maya performed rituals in order to satisfy the gods and ensure a certain order in the world. Different rituals and ceremonies correspond to different practices such as divination, marriage and baptism. These are the Mayan rituals related to the cycles of the year, cycle times and ceremonies of sacrifice to the gods. A variety of drugs and alcoholic beverages were used in these ceremonies. Drunkenness was connected with the widespread practice of divination, a ritual act designed to allow direct communication with certain supernatural forces, such as the that an individual could see the future. It was assumed that a State of inebriation gave a vision to interpret the reasons of disease, misfortune, bad weather, etc.
Death ritualsThe Maya were a very religious people. They not only were afraid of death, but they also feared the wrath and judgment of their gods. They believed in a paradise after death and had great respect for those who had died showing mourning the loss. The Mayans also believed in death as a sacrifice on the battlefield, or during the birth of the child as one of the most noble deaths, and these people went directly to the sky after life. Those who died in a less noble way were sent on a journey in search of heaven, but who lived lives of sin and selfishness were sent immediately to the Mayan version of called hell Xilbalba.
Sharp objects like Obsidian knives, thorns of raya, carved bones and knotted cords were used to Pierce body parts during the rituals of bloodshed. These tools also included bark-paper and copal incense, the first used to collect blood and then burned with incense to cause smoke. Then, the blood was collected in containers made of ceramic or basket. Bales of fabric were probably used to transport all the equipment.
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