Around the sixth century A.D., the Maya Empire, located in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, achieved its pinnacle of power and influence. Agriculture, pottery, hieroglyphic writing, calendar-making, and mathematics were among the Maya’s many talents, and they left behind an incredible amount of spectacular buildings and symbolic artwork. However, by A.D. 900, most of the Maya’s large stone towns had been abandoned, and researchers have argued what caused this abrupt decline since the 19th century.
The Maya civilization was one of Mesoamerica’s most powerful indigenous societies (a term used to describe Mexico and Central America before the 16th-century Spanish conquest). Unlike other Mesoamerican Indigenous groups, the Maya occupied a single geographic region that included the Yucatan Peninsula and modern-day Guatemala; Belize and sections of the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas; and the western parts of Honduras and El Salvador. The Maya stayed largely safe from invasion by other Mesoamerican peoples as a result of their confinement.
The Mayans Were Partly Black
The Mayans, the founders of ancient America’s most famous civilization, left murals depicting their lives, and all one can say is that they were, at least in part, black. This introduction will focus on the iconographies in question, as well as a quick examination of how this was ever possible.
Westerners discovered murals in Bonampak, Mexico, in 1946. Bonampak, an ancient Maya city, is notable for having a chapel with murals painted around the year 5000 of the African era (800 AD).
This is where the legendary people’s daily lives took place. As a reminder, when the Europeans arrived, Mexico had a population of 26 million people. After they arrive, only one million people will remain. The majority of people, including the Mayans, will be wiped out. The Maya Kingdom was destroyed by European invasions and assaults.
The paintings of Bonampak are shown below. We chose images that we thought were trustworthy and had almost all of them verified by academic sources.
According to Lisapoyakama.org, they went through as many authentic images as possible and saw the overwhelming number of black people represented in those murals.
These images leave one to wonder how it is possible that the Mayans were black/dark people with frizzy hair, and where they came from. The article opined that they were equipped today to attempt to provide the answers. The article pointed to the Pedra Furada in Northeast Brazil as the oldest place where the modern man lived in America.
Human presence on the Pedra Furada in Northeast Brazil has been dated to 65,000 years. When studying the geography of the region, the article stated that it looks clearly at Africa; meaning there was close proximity between the site and Africa. It went further to state that the other objects that were discovered on the continent are of later dates and were discovered in South America.
America’s oldest skeleton, Luzia, is Negroid and is 12,000 years old. And this points to the belief that America was populated by the people of West Africa. Although genetic studies suggest that the bold of the original black population of the Americas came from the Oceania-Asia region.
The article by Lisapoyakama, suggests that black would have lived on the American continent till the Asians entered 5000 years ago. They opine that it is the mixture between the Asians and Africans that gave rise to the Native Americans. This explains the existence of Black Mayans with frizzy hair.
The Maya lived in three distinct sub-areas within that expanse: the northern Maya lowlands on the Yucatan Peninsula; the southern lowlands in the Peten district of northern Guatemala and neighboring portions of Mexico, Belize, and western Honduras; and the southern Maya highlands in the mountainous region of southern Guatemala. The Maya in the southern lowlands were most famous for building the vast stone towns and monuments that have enthralled explorers and scholars of the region throughout the Classic Period of Maya civilization (A.D. 250 to 900).
Early Maya, 1800 B.C. to A.D. 250
The first Maya settlements date back to roughly 1800 B.C., marking the start of the Preclassic or Formative Period. Corn (maize), beans, squash, and cassava were among the first crops grown by the Maya (manioc). Maya farmers began to expand their presence in both the highland and lowland regions throughout the Middle Preclassic Period, which lasted until around 300 B.C. The Olmecs, the first major Mesoamerican civilization, arose during the Middle Preclassic Period. The Maya, like other Mesoamerican peoples including the Zapotec, Totonac, Teotihuacán, and Aztec, received a variety of religious and cultural elements from the Olmec, including their number system and famed calendar.
Aside from agriculture, the Preclassic Maya exhibited more advanced cultural qualities such as pyramid construction, city construction, and stone monument inscription.
Mirador, a Late Preclassic city in northern Peten, was one of the greatest pre-Columbian American towns ever created. Its scale surpassed that of Tikal, the Classic Maya capital, and its existence demonstrates that the Maya existed centuries before the Classic Period.