Mayan Beliefs by Skyla Myatt 5T

The Maya believed that their rulers could communicate with the gods and their dead ancestors through the ritual of bloodletting. It was common practice for the Maya to pierce their tongue, lips or ears with stingray spines and pull a thorny rope through their tongue, or cut themselves with an obsidian (stone) knife. They fought wars, captured prisoners who were sacrificed to satisfy the gods. Mayan kings were seen as the link between humans and gods, and when the kings died they themselves became gods!

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