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The movie Apocalypto depicts the journey of a Mesoamerican tribesman who must escape human sacrifice and rescue his family after the capture and destruction of his village. It happened during the declining period of the Mayan tribe. In this movie, the Mayan society is in its breaking period, thus needing resources in order to support their social, political and spiritual needs. So, in order for them to survive, they need to scour hectares of forests to locate any valuable resources either from trees, caves, destroyed societies or plundering any weak societies around them. To know what kind of social theory it actually depicts, we need to look first in the different aspects of their society. In their social aspects, men are born to fight and rule while women are born to be slaves; therefore, males are important in this society. Men are used to hunt for the resources that were said earlier and they are dominant in this society. Without them, the society is nothing. In their political aspect, governing the tribe has a relation to their beliefs. Politics and Religion are fused together here because of the high priest and the emperor being partners in ruling the entire kingdom. They are responsible for the whole kingdom’s survival of the people and their beliefs. In their declining period, they emphasizes conflict theory because of their need to search resources by salvaging any other societies in order to support their needs. Dominant societies plunder smaller ones to survive so that no one will ever take away their resources or they will be used as resources. These characteristics are being resembled by the Mayans through its people and their interaction with the other...

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