Why Does The Movie Apocalypto show the Mayan Culture but then shows the Spanish arriving at the end?

The movie is historically accurate. While the centralized Mayan Empire collapsed in 800AD, individual Mayan cities existed up to the Spanish conquests. While the Aztec was the dominant empire of the region, Mayan city-states existed around southern Mexico and Central America. The Mayan civilization in the movie could have just been an isolated Mayan city-state.

Does the the movie Apocalypto, correctly portray who the Mayans were and how they lived?

I don't know any group that doesn't have enemies. Anyway, I'll leave the details of this to the historians and archaeologists, but the gist of what I remember from the uproar in my department when the movie came out is that it's pretty seriously lacking in accuracy. I can't remember the details right now, unfortunately, but practically every archaeologist and every anthropologist who worked in Central or South America I knew was incredibly upset about the movie.

How close is "Apocalypto" to the actual historical truths of the place & time being depicted?

Apocalypto has been criticized for more closely portraying the human sacrifice of the Aztecs rather than the Maya. The classic Maya really didn't go in for mass sacrifice. That was the Aztecs. Also the Spanish arrived 300 years after the last Maya city was abandoned.

How was Apocalypto a true depiction of Mayan culture and how was it not?

The same way that Terminator is an accurate representation of our near future. Some facts, some hollywood

Do you know of any good movies that are similar to Apocalypto?

there is a good movie called forrest gump, i loved that movie, but it is nothing like apocalypto. I dont think that was how they really lived but racist whites trying to make the native look like savages, no one will ever know..

ANy1 know of movies that has a similar story line to apocalypto ?

That could be Pathfinder or 10,000 BC

Name some good historical movies like Apocalypto that you have watched?

They are usually called 'Period' Movies. If you want them based on true events, that will narrow your search. Here are a few that I enjoy: Troy Gladiator Braveheart The Last of the Mohicans The Patriot Glory 300 10,000 B.C. The Last Samurai Master and Commander Search a movie on Amazon, and then see related movies at the bottom of the screen....

what does the movie apocalypto have to do with US history?

The US was not even in existence when that film took place.


Apocalypto means "new beginning", so the movie's about a new beginning in the new world, which starts with the mayans first weakening themselves (see the movie and you'll understand what I mean).


There was a period of time in Meso-American archaeology where the Maya were though of as astronomer-mathematicians because they could predict eclipses and their calendar was more acurate than the European one at the time of the conquest. but the murals at Bonampak showed the Maya preparing for raids, taking prisoners and blood letting. Probably the Maya didn't sacrifice victims on the scale that the Aztecs did, but they did it to some degree. So on a particular day that Mel showed there might have been a large amount of sacrifices.