National Geographic : 1936 Nov
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE LIKE THEIR ANCESTORS, THE MAYA OF TODAY BUILD OVAL. WINDOWLESS HOUSES Murals in the Temple of the Jaguars at Chichen Itza depict dwellings identical with this one of near-by Piste. A framework of saplings, with a door in each long side, is plastered with mud and thatched with palm leaves or grass. Domestic animals share the single room. © National Geographic Society Finlay Photographs by Luis Marden FROM 75 TO 85 PER CENT OF A MAYA INDIAN'S DIET IS CORN It is eaten mainly in the form of tortillas (Plate VII), of which the average native consumes about 20 at a meal. A sick person explains his state of health by saying: " I ate only one or two tortillas this morning." In ancient times, the Corn God was a principal Maya deity.