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Slaves also existed, the slaves being chiefly prisoners of war and their children, the latter of whom could become freemen by putting a new piece of unoccupied ground under cultivation. david , 01/05: This has good info amanda, 27/04:i like the site but you should get more info on the Mayans Bill, 27/04:need more on food, otherwise ok KB05, 04/02:decent...gov't a bit bigger then others but fine nastassia, 02/02:hey i got a little info. rtaocbhy, 16/01:you need more info on mayan RULERS not GODS!!! in the first paragraph og "mayan government", there is one..the end! Society was organized upon the clan system, with descent in the male line, the chiefs being rather custodians for the tribe than owners, and having no power to alienate the tribal lands. Unknown, 06/06: Thanks but need to know if religion was important in their life! but you should really get more on the rulers and not the gods. ivona tinkle, 30/05:need more on the maya rulers otherwise very good Keenan, 26/05:this site is very good for information about mayan society and cicilzations. thank you ELLE, 31/01: I think you should write about the famous leaders that the Mayans followed. Mayan society: the Mayans were the most important of the cultured native peoples of North America, both in the degree of their civilization and in population and resources, formerly occupying a territory of about 60,000 square miles, including the whole of the peninsula of Yucatan, Southern Mexico, together with the adjacent portion of Northern Guatemala, and still constituting the principal population of the same region outside of the larger cities.The most important tribes or nations, after the Maya proper, were the Quiche and Cakchiquel of Guatemala.The king usually acted on the advice of a council of lords and priests.The lords alone were military commanders, and each lord and inferior official had for his support the produce of a certain portion of land which was cultivated in common by the people.

The lower priesthood was not hereditary, but was appointed through the high priest.

At Izapa carvings depict gods that were the precursors of the Classic deities and at Kaminaljuyu glyphs on stelea foreshadow the Maya writing system. The central region includes the southern lowlands, from Tabasco in the Northwest to Belize and Guatemala's Motagua River region in the southeast.

Here is where the Classic Maya flourished, along the Usumacinta River and throughout the Peten.

Culturally the area is divided into three sections: the northern, central and southern regions.

The earliest evidence of the Maya civilization is found in the southern region.

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