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Wish you Light prt2

Wish you Light prt2

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Montanyana prt1

Montanyana prt1

Last year we visited the little, monumental village Montanyana (look here). It’s located on two mountainsides; this year we did the other side. It’s quite a climb over the restored, old roads. On top are the romantic church: ‘Iglesia de Santa María de Baldós’; and a small cemetery. Unfortunately we missed the ‘Green Rabbits’.

Montanyana prt2

Montanyana prt2

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Montanyana prt3

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Montanyana prt4

Montanyana prt5

Montanyana prt5

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Montanyana prt6

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Montanyana prt7

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Montanyana prt8

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Montanyana prt9

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Montanyana prt10

Through the Muzzle

Through the Muzzle

(15 Shots) On the right side of the first shot are the upper and lower Temple of the Jaguar; which had to do with battle and war; probably to ask some gods for victory. Behind the Jaguar-temples is a huge ballgame-court. It’s almost 150m. long; 30m. wide and the walls are 8m. high.

Ballgame-court

Ballgame-court

Ballgame-court prt2

Ballgame-court prt2

On, and inside the Temples of the Jaguar were reliefs.

Relief prt1

Relief prt1

Relief prt2

Relief prt2

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Relief prt3

Relief prt4

Relief prt4

El Caracol

El Caracol

“El Caracol or, The Snail is a round building on a large square platform. It gets its name from the stone spiral staircase inside. The structure, with its unusual placement on the platform and its round shape (the others are rectangular, in keeping with Maya practice), is theorized to have been a proto-observatory with doors and windows aligned to astronomical events, specifically around the path of Venus as it traverses the heavens.”(Wiki)

El Caracol prt2

El Caracol prt2

El Caracol prt3

El Caracol prt3

El Caracol, detail

El Caracol, detail

El Caracol, detail prt2

El Caracol, detail prt2

Backdoor

Backdoor

Temple-conversation

Temple-conversation

La Iglesia (small temple)

La Iglesia (small temple)

1000 Columns of The Temple of a Thousand Warriors

1000 Columns of The Temple of a Thousand Warriors

(10 Shots) The Temple of the Warriors consists of a large stepped pyramid fronted and flanked by many rows of carved columns depicting the thousand warriors.

Between the Warriors

Between the Warriors

On top of the Stairs

On top of the Stairs

On top of the pyramid of the Temple of the Warriors is the temple. In front of the entrance is a typical sculpture of a lying figure with it’s head turned 90 degrees, called: Chacmool. It is a kind of offering table and the offers were placed in a bowl on it’s belly. On both sides of the entrance were large heads of the Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl; the Feathered Serpent; kind of God of wind, corn, wisdom and life. On the walls of the temple were also reliefs of Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl, with a human head in it’s mouth.

The Entrance of the Temple

The Entrance of the Temple

Chacmool

Chacmool

Quetzalcoatls near the Entrance

Quetzalcoatls near the Entrance

In the Mouth of Quetzalcoatl

In the Mouth of Quetzalcoatl

In the Mouth of Quetzalcoatl prt2

In the Mouth of Quetzalcoatl prt2

Offering Corn to the Jaguar God

Offering Corn to the Jaguar God

After the Rain

After the Rain

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