Facts about the Mayan Empire
Excerpt from "The Watchman's Rattle"
by American sociobiologist, Rebecca D. Costa
As rainfall levels declined, fifteen million Mayan citizens never came face-to-face with their deteriorating situation. The population was exploding, the need for water was rapidly escalating, and the annual rainfall was declining. Conservation was a good short-term strategy, but this was not the same as putting all of the society's energies toward permanently solving a problem they knew would eventually be catastrophic. Three thousand years is a long time for a civilization to implement a plethora of solutions. They could have sent out exploration parties, dug more wells, relocated large parts of the population, even constructed more reservoirs and cisterns at a faster rate. Any of these actions would have eased drought pressures. But climate change was too complex of a problem to comprehend, let alone resolve, so the Mayan civilization simply reached an impasse.
For a time there were a few Mayan strongholds who resisted the temptation to succumb to beliefs alone.
One small Mayan community known as the Lamanai; located in what is now Belize, outlasted many Mayan cities by as much as three hundred years because they continued to pursue logical solutions to the drought.
Archaeologists have recently uncovered an ingenious network of underground cisterns that the Lamanai instituted to channel scarce groundwater into subterranean vessels. These vessels protected the water from evaporation and provided natural refrigeration for dwindling food supplies. There is evidence that the Lamanai continued to work their underground storage systems well into the worst periods of drought, when other Mayan cities had already turned exclusively to mystical solutions.
The Lamanai are distinguished by their continued pursuit of both knowledge and beliefs; they were determined to solve problems both scientifically and ritualistically rather than abandon one in favor of the other. Had the drought not persisted, it is probable that the Lamanai would have survived the great Mayan collapse.
Regrettably, as water shortages continued, the Lamanai also fell into the trap of substituting facts with beliefs. As underground cisterns grew dry, they too began using cisterns as chambers for sacrifice. Although archaeologists have determined that these drastic measures occurred much later among the Lamanai than other Mayan communities, recently unearthed human remains of mutilated women and children now provide evidence that, over time, the Lamanai followed the footsteps of other Mayan factions.
So, here's the real mystery: Rather than persist with rituals that produced no result, why didn't the Mayan Empire continue to pursue rational solutions to the drought—a problem they knew, for thousands of years, might lead to their demise?
We now know the answer.
They encountered a cognitive threshold: As the complexity of their situation grew, the Mayans never developed complex problem -solving techniques. So, when methods designed to solve simpler issues began to fail, beliefs rushed in to take the place of knowledge.
Then, with each in heritance, problems with drought, disease, and civil unrest grew to the size of the Mayan temples themselves, until finally, one or several of the problems conspired to eradicate a once powerful, thriving civilization.How to do card tricks tutorial magic for kids? What does bliss mean? How to change tips on invidia q300 for mini cooper? Do people who work for tips receive minimum wage? What does blood moon mean? What does face mean? What does kike mean? What does the i stand for in lgbtqia? What are the holy days of obligation in 2021? What does vetted troops mean? How to cook a new york strip steak? What does folic acid do for pregnancy? What is appendicitis? What does wp mean in gaming? What does clause mean? What is the meaning of atticus? What is the meaning of a confederate flag? How to download videos from youtube? What are opioids examples? How to find ring size at home? how to register download helper converter how to see the work schedule of ups delivery helper How to file for tax extension? What tips can you share to making using heading styles easier? Whats a word that describes someone who tricks people? How many minutes to boil eggs? Why do the tips of my bamboo plant turn brown? What years are considered millennials? Golf tips tv: how to stop dipping? What is the meaning behind kissing coppers? How to manipulate a narcissist? How to calculate molar mass? How to tell if toe is broken? What does civil rights mean? What tricks can cats learn? Where tamar tricks judah? What does a synonym mean? Why are persian lime limb tips being chewed off? What are threads? how long does hamburger helper take to cook? What does cite mean? When will the 2016 better homes and gardens halloween tricks & treats magazine be issued? How to do skate board tricks? What does an open mri machine look like? how to disable sd helper in spybot How to make the best grilled cheese? What does it mean when you hiccup? What does llc mean slang? How to invest in bitcoin stock? What is the meaning of attribute data? What does tigers eye do? What is the meaning of ignored? What is the meaning of i got your six? What is the meaning of riana? How to screen mirror on roku tv? What does stemi stand for? What does sb mean in baseball? What undertale character are you? When you get scared does your mind play tricks? Tips on how to install windshield frame on a jk 2015 jk wranglwr? What does rudimentary mean? What is the meaning of the false cognate carpeta? What does be still my heart mean? How do you do special tricks on your horse's back after a race in alicia online? Hot tranny tricks guy who was a lesbian redheads and ladyboi fall in love xxx? How to make a spreadsheet on excel? Tips to be clear on what you do and why ? How to grow strawberries? How to get tested for adhd? What does 10:10 mean? What is the meaning of isaiah? How are the tricks on magic with humans done? why does skype wanting to install helper constantly What is lofi? Tips for how to? How to be perfect? How to go to sleep faster? From which meaning? What is the meaning of declaration of faith? How do tips work waiter? How to make ringtones for iphone? What is gvwr mean? What does pan sexual mean? What does nos mean? What does no face no case mean? 4 tips when choosing a college jason? What is recession? What is peat? What does ordinance mean? How to make strawberry syrup? Tips on how to paint? what is download helper companion safe? How to find location of iphone? How to treat swollen ankles? What does raped mean? How to watch the olympics for free? How to open bios? What does groundhog poop look like? What does privacy warning mean on wifi? tutu helper free ios why is it not working What does purple lightsaber mean? What skateboards are good for tricks?
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