If you trust my cursory reading of some academic works on Mayan history, Ancient Mayans believed a few interesting things:
- The world is flat, square, and infinite in all directions.
- Gods are the embodiment of mathematical constants and multiple overlapping concurrent natural cycles.
- All types of productive activity, from growing maize to producing pots and jewelry have the innate purpose of glorifying the gods.
Which leads to a few amusing conclusions:
- Mayans lived in a procedurally generated universe made of flat square tiles, not unlike Ultima Online.
- Mayans knew about the existence of the laws of game mechanics, even though they were not fully understood.
- They believed the life’s ultimate purpose to be gaining XP by crafting.
- The whole b’ak’tun end-of-cycle nonsense is just the scheduled release date of the next expansion, which, as expected, results in a patch day.
Everyone here knows the dangers of a patch day. I’ll be back with further overly long lectures once the associated mess settles in. :)