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The Mayan punishments

Mayan Laws

In the Mayan culture, punishment for crimes included death, slavery, and fines. Sometimes they would shave the person's head as this was considered a sign of shame.

The Maya had strict laws. Crimes such as murder, arson, and acts against the gods were often punished with death. The punishment was much reduced, however, if it was determined that the crime was an accident.

Mayan punishments and laws

Mayan Government

The Maya civilization consisted of many of city-states with their own independent government. A city-state was made up of a major city such as Chichen Itza and the surrounding areas which sometimes included some smaller settlements and cities.
Religion was very important and priests were usually the king's counselors, which made them very important in he government decisions.