"Mouth of the well of the Itza people." Several photos here from our adventures around Maya Country yesterday. Gonna share some of the info I learned which I thought was cool so read on or just look at the pictures and drop a like, up to you!
The first photo is of the pyramid called the Temple of Kukulkan, the main religious center and is actually built to represent the Mayan calendar with the number of steps, sides and indentations. Twice a year at the equinox the steps make what appears to be a snake crawling down it's side from the heavens to the Earth. Our guide pointed out that in the early power cultures, snakes were believed to be a symbol of life and fertility, not evil.
The second and third are from the Saamal Cenote. A natural cave made from the collapse of the limestone.
Next is what people believe to be an observatory based on it's structure and resemblance to our modern observatories.
Five and six are where they played pok ta pok. The movie El Dorado wasn't a total lie but they apparently played with pads and small handheld lacrosse style nets. Also, there were about six instances in 300 yrs where the winner got the honor of becoming a sacrifice. Apparently sacrifices were actually voluntary and were considered a great honor to be chosen to communicate with the gods.
Last is a depiction of the rain god Chaac who was thought to hurl snakes into clouds, as well as use his lightning axe and curled nose to bring rain.
Uxmal, una ciudad maya rodeada de leyendas, mitos y anécdotas; poética en su nombre y su historia, Se localiza en el valle de Santa Elena junto a una serie de colinas que se conocen con el nombre de Puuc, que en lengua maya quiere decir “serranía”, y que fue el nombre que posteriormente recibió el estilo arquitectónico que tienen los sitios de esa región. // Uxmal, a Mayan city surrounded by legends, myths and anecdotes; poetic in its name and its history, is located in the valley of Santa Elena next to a series of hills that are known by the name of Puuc, which in the Mayan language means "mountain range", and which was the name that later received the architectural style that the sites of that region have. 🇲🇽⛰🌏😍
La ocupación se remonta al 500 a.C., sin embargo, durante los siglos IX y XII d.C. fue sede del poder político y económico maya peninsular en la región Puuc.
Se estima que tuvo una población cercana a los 25 mil habitantes, distribuidos en un territorio de 37.5 km2 con enorme potencial agrícola, pero carente de fuentes permanentes para el aprovechamiento de agua, razón por la cual los mayas construyeron Chultunes, o depósitos de agua, y un complejo sistema de aguadas y bukteoobob, para aprovechar el agua de lluvia.