(Government) This is an image of a Mayan ruler. Each city-state would have a king/ruler. The Maya believed that their king was given the right to rule by the gods.The leaders of the Maya were called the "halach uinic" or "ahaw", meaning "lord" or "ruler".
Government: The Mayans developed a hierarchical government ruled by kings and priests. They lived in independent city-states consisting of rural communities and large urban ceremonial centers. There were no standing armies, but warfare played an important role in religion, power and prestige. Religion was woven into all facets of daily life and was the major unifying factor of the civilization. They practiced human sacrifice and would often raid other communities to obtain victims.
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