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Imagine a society where no one believes in death. There is no beginning or end to anything. All of existence is a great cycle. There is a dangerous underworld and mystical mountains in the upperworld where gods exist in paradise. One of the most important gods is a giant feathered serpent, but there are many other gods to worship. Ceremonies are held at large stone pyramids to celebrate and honor the gods and the never-ending cycle of life. One ceremony is a game in which two teams compete to place a ball in a hoop. The game is not just for humans. The gods also play this challenging ball game.\n\nThis is what researchers think Mayan society was like at its height. Archaeological evi