Handprints in a Maya cave – level 1

07-05-2021 07:00

Scientists find handprints in a cave in Mexico. The cave is near the famous Chichen Itza. Many black and red handprints are on the wall. They are children´s handprints.

Scientists believe that the handprints are a part of a special ritual. The colors are very important. Black represents an end. Red represents a person´s life among other people. Scientists believe that the ritual happens when a child becomes an adult.

The handprints are more than 1,200 years old. The Maya culture is so strong and rich at that time. Millions of Mayas still live in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.

Difficult words: cave (a place under a hill or cliff), ritual (a special activity when people celebrate something), represent (to be an example of something).

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