Findings of rock art in caves are quite common and interesting in the contemporary world. Recently, researchers have found 137 handprints on the walls of an underground cave of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Scholars have predicted a period of 800 to 1000 CE. The Uxmal and Chichen Itza were the famous urban Maya centers nearby these caves. A Maya sacred large ceiba tree is also present there.
The handprints are red and black. According to their size, these handprints belong to children of adolescent age. These handprints might be associated with the Maya’s coming-of-age rites. The black color symbolizes death and the red color symbolizes life or war.
Archaeologists have also found other artefacts such as one carved face and 6 painted relief figurines of a similar area. The place also confirms the sudden desertion of the site due to the drought.
The Maya civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization that was created by the Maya people. It arose in the region that now includes south-eastern Mexico, all of Guatemala and Belize, and western Honduras and El Salvador. The word “Maya” is a modern term that refers to the different peoples that once lived in this region.
They had settled in village trends around 1500 BCE. They had developed an agriculture-focused on maize, beans, and squash cultivation. They had already started to build ritual centres. By the year 200 CE, these had developed into settlements with temples, pyramids, palaces, ball fields, etc.
They didn’t refer to themselves as “Maya,” and they had no sense of shared culture or national solidarity. Their descendants, known as the Maya, now number well over Six million Individuals, speak more than 28 Mayan languages, and live in a region similar to that of their forefathers.