Guatemala Mayan Culture

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Orientation - Guatemala is a country located in Central America . The capital of Guatemala is Guatemala city . Guatemala means “ the land of many trees “ in spanish. Guatemala is also known for its mixed culture a product of both Mayan and spanish culture. Because of Guatemala's mixed culture there is a total of 23 mayan languages. Guatemala is also known as the land of volcanoes right now there is 3 active volcanoes. This land has been home to native Mayans for over 4,000 years. The Mayans built huge temples, pyramids ,and observatories. The Mayans loved to dance. It is believed that the Mayans might have known a thousand different dances. Guatemala's national bird is the Quetzal it has beautiful feathers and the male has a very long…show more content…
Three meals a day is usually with the largest meal being lunch. Staple foods throughout the country include corn tortillas and tamales, black beans, rice, wheat bread and pasta. Guatemala is also popular for it wide variety of vegetables and exotic fruit. The typical Guatemalan breakfast must include, however, black beans, fried plantain slices, fresh cheese, and eggs. Other ingredients that can be present in the Desayuno chapín are cream, bread, tortillas, chirmol (tomato sauce), salsa verde (green tomatillo sauce)fresh fruits , panqueques (pancakes), longaniza (white sausage), chorizo (red sausage), salchichas (wiener sausage, like in hot dogs), carne asada (charcoal-grilled beef steak), coffee, mosh (oatmeal) or avena (the correct word in Spanish), hot chocolate, orange juice, et cetera.A typical lunch in Guatemala has meat, salad, rice and, of course,…show more content…
The currency of Guatemala Guatemalan Quetzal is named after the national bird El Quetzal. In ancient Mayan times, the feathers of this bird were used as currency . One interesting fact about Guatemala is that Blue denim comes from the country . The instant coffee process was invented in Guatemala by George Washington ,an inventor, and businessman of Anglo-Belgian origin. Do you like chocolate bars? The first ever chocolate bar was also invented in Guatemala during the Mayan times. Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America, with a maximum depth of about 340 meters. It is also regarded as the most beautiful lake in the world, serving as the country’s most important national and international tourist attraction. The export of coffee is the country’s biggest business. Almost 50% of Guatemalans are employed in agricultural activities. The country is also the world’s leading producer of Jade. Fourteen percent (14%) of Guatemalans live on less than $1.25 US a

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