Yoda wrote:Apocalypto 8/10 - very tense and gripping movie. Felt stressed out at the end. Very entertaining. So what actually caused the fall of the great Mayan Civilization? Disease? Genocide? Invasion?
i just saw this too, and i liked it a lot as well. there were some historical inaccuracies though, i've read they sacrificed captured royal family members not warriors, and it wasn't on as massive scale as shown in the movie. i think the sacrifices depicted more aztecs traditions than mayans. also the eclipse part was a bit unrealistic. it takes hours, not mere minutes for an eclipse to pass through.
anyways, i saw on history channel's digging for the truth about the mayans and their theory was, they destroyed all their vegetation around their big city because they needed to make paint. they had some obsessive kings who wanted to paint their grand temples/shrines over and over again. you saw in the movie when those slaves were applying some pigment stuff on their buildings? i think that's what they were trying to depict. when they destroyed the vegetation, mainly trees, to fuel the fire so that they can cook up their paint pigments on a massive scale, they didn't realize that w/o the trees to cover the skies, it devastated their farmland when it rained (and it rained a lot in that area) and they couldn't cultivate anymore.