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The main crop of the Maya was maize, what we call corn. Farmers also grew black and red beans, squash, pumpkins, chili peppers, tomatoes, avocados, papayas, and sweet potatoes. Maya commoners went to bed early as a family, sleeping together in the same room. In the morning they rose early, so the men could get to the fields before the 30 Chapter Five: Farming & Food CORN WAS A SPIRITUAL CROP TO THE MAYA, AS IT SYMBOLIZED BIRTH AND DEATH. THE MAYA EVEN WORSHIPPED YUM-KAAX, THE GOD OF CORN. SINCE CORN WAS SO IMPORTANT TO THE MAYA, THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF THE CORN CROP COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.
Put one of the paper circles over one end of the tube using a rubber band. Cover the circle and rubber band with tape so the whole end of the tube is sealed shut. ) fine-point black marker or pen 60 or more 1-inch nails heavy-duty tape (masking, packing, or duct tape ) construction paper scissors rubber bands rice or small, uncooked beans paint, markers, other decorations 36 7 Turn your rain stick over again and again, shake it, and tap it. Enjoy the sound! CHAPTER 6 woMEn AnD WEAViNG W hile men were busy in the fields, women worked hard at home.
On the second roll, players can either move the first game piece farther down the row, or add a second game piece to the board. 2 Make your “dice” from four pieces of flat-sided corn. Use the marker to draw a dot on one side of each kernel. When you throw the kernels, you get a point for every dot that faces up when the kernels land. If four blank sides face up, you get five points! You cannot place two of your own pieces on the same space, but you can land on a space occupied by your opponent!
Amazing Maya inventions you can build yourself by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt