The Mayans thrived as a civilization around the 6th c. A.D. in Mesoamerica (México and Central America). Their earliest settlements date back to 1800 B.C – about the time of Joseph.
In the beginning, after the earth was created, four of the gods thought up all the animals they wanted to create and upon speaking the animals came forth. They gave instructions on where they should live and commanded the animals to praise their creators and pray to them. However, instead of speaking intelligibly, the animals only squawked, chattered, and howled. As a result, the gods ordered that all animals be lowly creatures who would eat and be eaten.