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Description of Fire dance

Fire dance is one of the ritual dances of the Maya, described by Landa in the “Report on the affairs of the Yucatan.” It took place a year under the sign of Kawak, which was considered dangerous and unhappy. Therefore, the Maya as an effective apotropaic act viewed the ceremony of purification. In the courtyard, a large vault of wood was made, filled with firewood, at the top of which a singer sat and made sounds from his drum. With the onset of night, everyone returned to the wooden vault: each took his own bundle, set it on fire, and then from the bundle set fire to the wood inside the vault. Those who danced walked barefoot over hot coals, which for some dancers resulted in serious injuries.

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Maya main description

Mayan symbols have had a rich history across Central America. Spreading across a vast territory that stretched from Mexico to Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras, Mayan symbols and glyphs have been found in a vast array of locations. These symbols are crucial to understanding their religion, everyday life, and even their economic and social structure. The earliest known Mayan symbols have been dated to 250 BC, although some think it could have originated even before that. Mayan hieroglyphics have been found carved on stone and bone, painted on pottery and other methods. Mayans were one of the only ancient civilizations that developed their own complex writing system. Alongside this, they also developed their own comprehensive calendar as well as a zodiac system. Unfortunately, though, many of these elements of the Mayan culture and empire have been destroyed over time, leading to confusion in understanding the true meanings of these symbols. After the Spanish conquering of the Maya empire in the 16th century, the Maya were forced to give up their language and religion. The Spanish forced the population into converting to Christianity and communicating in Spanish. After the Conquest, much of the glyphs disappeared, along with any way to interpret their meanings. Over time, researchers have decoded enough that there are now definitions for at least 90% of the existing glyphs.
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