Ancient Mayans: Unusual Facts About Their Political Structure

Seated Mayan king with two subordinates, Ancient Cancuén

Seated Mayan king with two subordinates, Ancient Cancuén, Credits: Wikimedia

Kings were thought to be demigods

Religion was, as I said earlier, a very big part of the Mayan society, and they believed that the rulers of their society were chosen and given permission by the gods to rule over them because they were god-like – demigods of sorts. In fact, one of the major duties of a ruler was to exercise his godlike powers over the people. The kings had the power of religion and prestige behind them, which should made it quite easy for them to rule the Mayans. However, ruling Maya wasn’t as simple as one might believe.

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