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Well what do you know…

July 10th, 2007 by Troy Goodfellow · 11 Comments · Creative Assembly, History

Remember when I made that snarky comment about the Mayans throwing beehives?

Turns out it’s true. Sort of. The Popol Vuh states that in one battle, Mayan leaders trapped wasps and hornets in gourds and released the insects at an auspicious moment to panic the enemy.

And the Medieval II expansion isn’t the first game to use them; there were hornet throwers in Empire Earth II as well. And this Civilization III description of the Maya makes reference to these same weapons.

Oddly, the Popol Vuh doesn’t say the gourds were thrown, or that they were beehives. Another secondary text makes reference to Mayans using slings to drop hanging hornet nests on enemies, but that seems pretty far-fetched.

But this Mayan warfare myth is now upgraded to Plausible.


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