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Chichen Itza — Wandering Around

Time to just wander around Chichen Itza and take in some of the sights. We’ll begin today with that feathered serpent’s head at the base of El Castillo pyramid that I told you about last week:


The reclining figure depicted below is a Chacmool. These statues occur throughout Mayan culture, and they depict the rain god Tlāloc. Invariably, the Chacmool is posed the same way wherever it is found — reclined, propped up on his elbows, with the head turned at right angles from the body.


The rest of Chichen Itza I’ll present to you as a photo gallery/slide show:


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Chichen Itza — Bas Reliefs, Glyphs, and Stone Heads

Today we’ll look at some of the more detailed stonework available for view at Chichen Itza, beginning with the intricate Mayan bas-reliefs throughout much of the façades. But don’t ask me the significance, as I have no idea. Nevertheless, they are fascinating to photograph, and they’re all over the place:

Chichen Itza bas-relief

This one appears to depict an eagle on the right, and some sort of reptile opposite:

Chichen Itza bas-relief

Here it appears we have another bird, and perhaps a jaguar:

Chichen Itza bas-relief

I would hazard that this next one may contain some astronomical significance:

Chichen Itza bas-relief

After a bit if research, it appear that the stone head below represents the Mayan Dragon (Kukulkan) that gave birth to the world. This head recurs throughout Chichen Itza.

Kukulkan — mother of the world

On Wednesday we’ll had back over to El Castillo, a.k.a, the Temple of Kukulcán, for a closer look. Until then, here it is:

El Castillo — the Temple of Kukulcán

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Sunset Series — Week 4 Part 3

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