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Religious ceremonies included dancing, games plays, prayer, and sacrifice. The gods required nourishment from human beings in order to work. While sacrifice often involved food, most sacrifice involved some form of human sacrifice.  Priests and noblemen would willingly pierce body parts, usually their tongue, ears or lips and "give" blood to the gods.

The more important a person was in their society, the more blood they were expected to give to the Gods

Influences of the architecture and style of the Mayas can be seen in the resort area of Cancun Mexico today

There were two special priestly duties involved in human sacrifice: the chacs, who were elderly men who held down the victim, and the nacon, who removed the heart

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