The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
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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Hunahpu and Xbalanque took their blowguns and began to shoot their prey, but
the birds did not fall. Each one became lodged in a tree, and the older twins had
to scale the tree to retrieve them. As they did so, the tree magically began to grow
In the tale, Hunahpu injudiciously loses his head to a killer bat. Xbalanque,
thinking quickly, replaces it with a pumpkin, and then convinces a rabbit to curl up
and imitate the ball during play so it can lead the lords of the Underworld away
In the final ballgame between the Hero Twins and Underworld deities, Hunahpu's
head was severed and hung by the Underworld lords in the ballcourt as a trophy.
Before the head was restored to Hunahpu's body, Xbalanque substituted a ...
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