The Mayan masks were used for many different reasons. Most of the masks had symbols that represented a god. Masks were used for weddings and other festivals.
However they started off by using them as face protection during battle but then started using them at important events.
Masks were made out of jade and different types of mosaics for the most special of occasions. Jade was a precious stone a sort colour which the Maya liked a lot (it’s a type of greeny blue). Other materials were stone, wood, gold, shell and obsidian.
The ancient Maya city of Tikal, now in modern day Guatemala, flourished between roughly 600b.c and 900ad. Tikal is one of the largest archaeological cities in Central America, the city was spread over 50 square miles (130 square km). Alongside this, Tikal’s population estimated to be as high 100,000 people with trade helping fuel is growth. Recent research reveals that the cities inhabitants created a sophisticated water management system to see it through periods when it didn’t have any rain.
Throughout much of its history, Tikal was influenced, and for a time possibly even controlled, by the city of Technitacan; an urban center located in central Mexico more than 600 miles (1,000 km) away. The Maya people were no pushovers though and the civilization built over two dozen major pyramids!