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Kiersten PellerinANTH:361Dr. Anderson18 February 2017Warfare and Human Sacrifice in the Maya WorldFor many years, the Maya culture and people intrigued and bewildered explorers and visitors from the outside world. Many people who did not truly understand their society found them to be mysterious and mystical with their expansive knowledge of the stars. Some even believed them to have been helped by ancient aliens (looking at you, Giorgio Tsoukalos). One of the biggest misconceptions is that the Maya were a peaceful people, a theory that, until recently was believed even by most scholars in the field. However, archaeologists have since found murals, depictions, letters and inscriptions that have stated otherwise; so it turns out that the Maya aren’t so mysterious after all.In my research I found that there are, of course, many misconceptions about the Maya, including the above mentioned one. David Webster mentions this in War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds, saying that “until quite recently Maya civilization was envisioned by most scholars as peaceful and non-warlike, [however] during the contact period Maya fought incessantly among themselves” (Webster 336). The reason for this misconception being that, until recent years, there really was not any Maya art that suggested that they were a warlike society.A second misconception, which seems to contradict the previously stated, is that the

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