Saturday Art and Archaeology: Mayan Tradition In Today’s World

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 6:00 am

Today the Mayan cultural centers are visited not by those observing ritual as they were originally intended, but students of the Mayan civilization and many general travelers and tourists. Their traditions, however, continue in many ways. In the Museum of the Americas, above, artworks depict the traditionsdescendants still teach and represent in their culture.

 

Saturday Art and Archaeology: The End Period of Maya Cultural Centers

By: Saturday December 6, 2014 7:57 am

The Maya civilization was one that produced works of art in many places, and is characterized by centers of their civilization such as Copán, Lamanai, Chichen Itza and Tulum.

Saturday Art and Architecture: La Cieba, the Sacred Tree of the Maya

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 4:09 pm

In the Mayan culture, a tree held sacred and often represented in artistic renderings throughout its structures, the Kapok, or Cieba Tree was part of ceremonies and life. The tree when young has a jade green trunk with many sharp thorns, and grows to be about 200 feet in maturity. Its umbrella shaped foliage produces seed pods that contain a fiber that was much used in Mayan clothing, and a flower that is often carved into stones in its temples. It is sometimes referred to as Arbor Mundi, tree of the world.

Saturday Art and Archaeology: Burial Deposits

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 6:40 pm

Many of the finds from ancient cultures are discovered in burial sites.  
As we discussed in comments last week, there are significant finds associated with the discoveries of tombs and their treasures, and some of the rituals are being understood from writings, but much we can only conjecture about.

One of the great finds in Belize was unearthed in a burial site at Altun Ha, outside Belize City.

Saturday Art and Archaeology: The Ball Court in Mayan Culture

By: Saturday August 2, 2014 6:40 pm

The excavation of Mayan centers of worship and society have revealed that the ballcourt played an essential role in their community and is included in the ceremonial structures that life existed in. At Lamanai, there are remains of a distinct playing ground, and in many places the representation of ball games and courts have been discovered.

Late Night FDL: Escatology Is Scatology

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 8:00 pm

This whole Maya calendar end of the world whoohaa has reached such a pitch that White House.gov for goodness sakes created a link about the idiocy which sends you/me to the answers.USA.gov site with further links to NASA’s point of view on the subject.

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