Mystery of the Maya

Mystery of the Maya

1995, History  -   34 Comments
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Mystery of the MayaIt's hard to believe that while the European continent was entrenched in the horrors of the Dark Ages, the Mayan culture was thriving. Not only did the Mayans create a complicated written language, they had far exceeded the Europeans in their study and mapping of the stars and planets, mathematics, and architecture. What happened to the Mayan people? How did they come to be? Why was this isolated culture so advanced? These questions and many others are explored in The Mystery of Maya.

Originally shot in the IMAX format, this film was intended to make the viewer feel as if they were actually creeping through the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala until finally coming upon the great Mayan ruins. Directors Brian Howells and Robert Rochin Naya take their cameras and crew to several of the major Mayan ruin sites to investigate and see what clues and insights can be found.

Actress Susan Glover narrates this adventure documentary, giving needed commentary on the locales and practical purposes of the structures that are seen. Larry Crosley and Dario Domingues provide the musical score.

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soumya
soumya
6 years ago

Good Doc...

cazandra
cazandra
6 years ago

what is the name of the red city

Rona silk
Rona silk
7 years ago

How did they build a civilization without metal tools and wheel ??????.

Maria
Maria
7 years ago

Maria, The indians from Latinamerica beleives the bearded Spaniards to be GODS. Maybe if you saw GODS you would obey also. The Indians were smarter than we will ever be. Also American Indians were smarter than the English. We are the stupid ones , white ones, Spaniards and English that created colonies for their advantage and killed the Indians. I invite you to study some world history. Americans from the US do not know World history and do not care to teach it in their schools.

Mazarin
Mazarin
8 years ago

One cannot look separately to some achievements, but to the society as a whole. Pre-Columbian cultures were inferior to the European civilisation in many many aspects.

Lemonhead
Lemonhead
8 years ago

The Maya were not more advanced than Europeans - they were thousands of years behind and hadn't even reached the bronze age during Roman civ's dark age. When you consider that some of the ancient Gods of the Maya and Aztecs had beards on a beardless continent - it's likely their civilization and their astronomy was first created by early European mystics and explorers. They were likely well educated, exiled Egyptian priests that rode their snake boats into the land of the dead (the setting sun or the west according to the Egyptian book of the dead) and were received as Gods in the new world. The Aztec God Quetzalcoatl was said to have a full beard and arrived on a raft of snakes from out the eastern ocean. The ancient Egyptians were originally Europeans and no other people has explored and brought civilization to as much of the world as Europeans always have. Marxists sure love to degrade and defame western civ any chance they get.

Rajesh Kumar.
Rajesh Kumar.
10 years ago

Dont wish to be off topic, but Tamil (first language in human history) culture of south India is one of the oldest civilization in the planet. its influence reached to the middle east and to the eastern islands.

Terry Beaton
Terry Beaton
10 years ago

They thought the sun wouldn't come up if they didn't offer constant blood sacrifices to it. Is that an advanced kind of thing? Am I missing something here?

Chris Clyne
Chris Clyne
12 years ago

"Euro explorers who ride coat tails of the Maya" would be an apt title. The 1st 23 mins talk about explorers. Pacal is mentioned only 2 times. The mysterious Mayan evac ends the doc with no getting into why/how/what. Overall, Im left with more ?s than answers.

thirt13n
thirt13n
12 years ago

The reptilian feather god (bringer of Mayan astral advancement) may have been a good god host and simply invited Mayans to the confines of the inner earth. I'm no expert but, as many as there was- they could not have went up. You have to question a reptilian who has compassion for humans, their interest in those people may have be one of sacrificial cattle or, perhaps not, the Mayans went and further evolved without us. Maybe there is a group of reptiles who are- our companions, and are actively involved within certain private projects today.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
12 years ago

'What happened to the Mayan people?'
90% of the population, millions of people, perished because of a severe drought in 900CE.. There is an excellent more recent doc on TDF detailing the work of Richard Gil (who first postulated the theory no one believed because they were living in rain forests) and others that proves this to be the most likely explanation. Confirmation came from a variety of sources including a seed found at just the right point in a lake core that dated the 'worst drought in the last 7000 years' to have occurred at just the same time the Mayan cities of Tikal and Palenque were abandoned and deserted in the 9th century

elchasto
elchasto
12 years ago

I am from Honduras. Most of what is in this video, we learned while in school. Numerology, Gods, precision techniques, arts, etc etc.
But something else: WE ARE DYING 2012.

david
david
13 years ago

pretty straight forward movie. Seemed kind of like an 'into to the maya' movie as far as info. it was cool how the reenactments were in the actual ruins. i have a book with a lot of the writings and more info on lord pacal. the top tombstone of his grave is very cryptic. interesting stuff!

david
david
13 years ago

"It’s hard to believe that while the European continent was entrenched in the horrors of the Dark Ages, the Mayan culture was thriving."
Well why is that??
I'll have to watch the video to delve deeper into the eurocentricism!

I'm obviously not happy with the way the description was written but i will give it a try. Seriously, do have to do that in the first line?!

cyrus
cyrus
13 years ago

mayans are the missing link for our salvation........

Dodgy
Dodgy
13 years ago

Liked it. Something fascinating about ancient cultures. Sure, they shoved beer up their butts as enemas when they were drunk but they also did some massive calculations. Good with the bad.

Coyote03
Coyote03
13 years ago

I enjoy any and all documentaries on the Maya, there really doesn't seem to be all that many out there, at least as far as I've seen :( Another interesting one is BBC's 'Secrets of the Mayan Underworld', it's two scuba-divers exploring the vast underwater world of the jungle cenotes in the Yucatan, really quite amazing!

Great posts Joaco and EricJ!

Joaco
Joaco
13 years ago

@Luke Wilson. The Mayans were not a strong civilization when the Spanish arrived. As the documentary said, and you probably didn't listen, they had their peak at around 900 or 1000, about five hundred years before the Spanish. And if you knew a bit of history about how the Spanish used to conquer, you would realize it wasn't really just the Spanish showing up and killing all the Indians, like other European groups did. The Spanish made a lot of alliances and took down the groups that were oppressing the other natives, namely the Aztecs, which were. Did you ever wonder why "Hispanics" look different from "Spanish"? Yep, Hispanics are half native Americans, half European. And their culture didn't die, only transformed.

Carl Hendershot
Carl Hendershot
13 years ago

That close to the ocean. Maybey there were wiped out by a tidal wave. Very amazing the building skills they had.

EricJ
EricJ
13 years ago

@Luke Wilson:

What you posted was very ignorant. As Danny said, the foreign diseases with which they have had no exposure to completely devastated their population and civilization before the Spanish finally came and took over. The one thing we can learn from them (probably) is that they were guilty of over-using their environment to the point that they could nolonger support large populations by the end of the late-classic Maya. Alot of this was down to the burning of trees to make plaster which they used to adorn their amazing settlements. To this end they were very smart by creating a system of aquaducts and raised fields in some areas to raise productivity.

The Maya were an amazing people, but it should also be remembered that they were "The Maya" only in the sense that they shared a common culture. The Maya were never one country ruled by one leader or group of leaders; rather, The Maya were a cultural group divided into constantly waring factions. Therefore, it may have been harder to form a unified resistance than some might conventionally assume.

Danny
Danny
14 years ago

@luke wilson
it was the WHITE MANS small pox and other disgusting diseases that killed the people of this land

aestar101
aestar101
14 years ago

I agree with Aron

Luke Wilson
Luke Wilson
14 years ago

Is it me or were the maya and incas abit of a paradox. Clever sophisticated people and yet dangerously stupid all at the same time! I mean cmon it only took a handful of men(The Spanish) like acouple of years to whipe out there whole culture and pretty much bring there population down to zero. HOW STUPID MUST THEY HAVE BEEN???? Very sad, easy celebrating how awesome they were when the people doing the celebrating are the ones who gained from there ultimate destruction. Despicable.
So @Aura: I think alexander would have gone there and brought the place to its knees!!

Aura
Aura
14 years ago

What would had happened if Alexander the Great knew about the Maya?

brandon
brandon
14 years ago

@33:10
"the archiologists use the latest technological advances to assemble the jigsaw puzzle of the ancient civilization"

Amir Bengali
Amir Bengali
14 years ago

Good Doc...
Inspiring Beautiful

mnganga
mnganga
14 years ago

Are the europeans to be precise white people,are they the yardstick of human civilization?

ronatola
ronatola
14 years ago

awesome - going there in august.

aron
aron
14 years ago

why is it hard to believe that there are many other cultures who have been more advanced and thrived before europeans.

Tyler
Tyler
14 years ago

Pretty cool, though not nearly as informational as I thought it would be.