May 11 2016

How Bloody Were the Maya? Separating Fact from Fiction:

with Marta Barber

Religious rituals among the Maya covered many different themes.  War, the right to be king and abundant food were among those practiced probably on a daily basis. Ancient monuments such as stelae and stone panels tells us of specific rituals limited to the elite in their pursuit of power. Many of these involved the perforation of the body to extract blood. When the Spaniards arrived, some of these rituals were still being practiced.

The Institute of Maya Studies is now a community partner with Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus, Miami, FL. This program will take place in K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13). Check out the campus map for the location of Building K-4 on or, call the Maya Hotline (305-279-8110) for directions.

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