What was your dream when you were small? One of mine just came true. I watched and read so much about Mayan culture in the past that this ancient people with their unique understanding of the world does not left me indifferent even now.
On the contrary, more I know about them – the more questions I have. The first thing that appears in mind of person with whome you started a discussion about Mayas is Apocalypto movie. And it’s unfortunately. Unlike the Aztecs and before their assimilation Mayas were very educated and scientifically strong race. It’s like compare astronomer and warrior. Therefore don’t be mistaken on this behalf.
For those of you who are really interested I strongly recommend to watch the lectures of A. Sklyarov from Laboratory of Alternative History (Rus). It’s a lot of hidden under the cover of our everyday and common life.
Blogposts about my journey to Mexico and exploring ancient Mesoamerica and Mayan culture:
– Flight to Cancun & Caribbean Sea Beauty
Enjoy the airport line in the middle of nowhere and outstanding mood of Ocean.
– Mayan Sacred Cenotes of Yucatan
Photoreport from outside and inside of this Mexican miracles.
– Chichen Itza structures Current page
Majestic structures of XChen. The capital of Itza tribe.
– Culture lost in jungle. Coba Pyramids
Unlike the Chichen Itza, Coba pyramids are hidden in deep jungles and looks more wild. Photoreport.
– Edges of Mexico life
Perhaps you have heard a lot about the life of people in Mexico. I did not expect to see such extremes of wealth and poverty.
One of the first photos of Castillo Temple, photograph by Teobert Maler. (1892) This pyramid is well-known now as the main in Chichen Itza ensemble.
Composite laser scan image of Chichen Itza’s Cave of Balankanche, showing how the shape of its great limestone column is strongly evocative of the World Tree in Maya mythological belief systems. Data from a National Science Foundation/CyArk research partnership.
Discussing secrets of Maya civilization with our guide at Chichen Itza