Handprints in a Maya cave – level 2
Archaeologists found handprints in a cave in Mexico. The cave was near a famous tourist destination, Chichen Itza.
Many black and red handprints covered the walls of the cave, and archaeologists believed that they were a part of a Maya ritual. Children made the handprints more than 1,200 years ago.
The black color symbolized death and in the ritual, it meant the end. The red color symbolized war or a person’s life in society. Archaeologists said that the ritual happened when a child became an adult.
The handprints come from the time when the Maya culture was strong and rich. Millions of Mayas still live in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.
Difficult words: destination (a place where someone travels to), ritual (a special activity when people usually dance, drink, and sing because they celebrate something), symbolize (to represent something).
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