“El Castillo” The temple of the winged serpent Kukulkan. He was a bit of a bass-ass and live-heart-ripping-out monster-god-dude.
It is impressive to look up and think – “Glad I’m not being sacrificed today!” … but, you can imagine the scene.
Kukulkan guards the steps to his Temple.
Here he is again on the “wall of skulls” where they use to place the heads of defeated warriors. No – these ancient Mayans were not easy going in any way. Small and very angry people by all accounts on the walls at this site.
More graphics with common themes of heart-ripping by various animal type gods.
The ball game arena is impressive. This is detail of a high place for important people to sit. Kind of Mayan luxury boxes -This is where Mayan Chris Christie would hug Mayan Jerry Jones after the game.
They call this “the snail” – believed to be an ancient observatory…you know, so the sacrifices lined up with the stars.
Another view of “The Snail”
Here is “actual size” me in front of some ruins (I am not tall,…ok,…I may not even be average height, but here – I am good!). This ancient world is a good fit, except for all the extreme violence and hardship of course.
Shipping tourists to this site is big business – these buses are new, clean and plentiful. Here is a selfie of me and my son taken in the reflection of a shinny wheel.
This was a great trip — I need to say that all the violence and sacrifice came from the tour guides who would remind us of a chilling new way to be dispatched at each ruin we visited. This site was already abandoned a couple hundred years before the Spanish arrived – where we had another great round of blood-letting and savagery ensue.
I loved the food at the Mayan restaurant we visited after touring the site.
And I feel a connection and sadness for the Mayan people that still live in the area of their “lost’ civilization. It seems that they do not share in the fruits of this great peninsula as much as those that came after them.
I was only here a week so I may not have an accurate grasp — they have been here for thousands of years — they have already seen their world completely destroyed at least twice over — and they still approach the day with a smile.
Cheers from the cave!