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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There, on a tablet that celebrates the accession of Chan-Bahlum, the World Tree
icon is altered to represent the social world of man and the tamed world of
domesticated agriculture. The tree, rising from the head of a Water-lily Monster,
From the center of the cave rises the axis mundi, the World Tree at the center of
the universe. A Celestial Bird, the symbol of the heavenly realm, sits atop the tree.
The World Tree is specially marked as a sacred being; te', or "wood," signs tell ...
When Chac-Xib-Chac pops up through the waters into the Middleworld, he does
not come alone — the World Tree grows from the top of his head. The Tree, with
God C signs on its trunk, bifurcates and its branches are transformed into the ...
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