The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
Kimbell Art Museum, 1986 - 335 pages
An illustrated study of the Maya civilization, drawing from interpretations of the texts embedded in pictorial scenes or carved on stone tablets to provide the meaning of the art and architecture of the ancient culture.
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Bloodletting and the Vision Quest They offered sacrifices of their own blood,
sometimes cutting themselves around in pieces and they left them in this way as
a sign. Other times they pierced their cheeks, at others their lower lips.
Its most important feature is the double or triple knot — a symbol of bloodletting
— mounted on the forehead of a zoomorphic head. Long feathers emerge from
the top of the knots. The lancets, which can be depicted as obsidian or as
The Maya had long practiced bloodletting rituals as a required preparation for, or
conclusion to, accession rites. The Hauberg Stela of a.d. 199, the earliest dated
monument from the Lowlands, portrays the same bloodletting ritual exactly (PI.
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