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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or the Maya the anticipation of death must have been sharp. Life expectancy was
shorter fhan it is today, infant mortality was higher, and everyone, elite as well as
commoner, lived with warfare and sacrificial ritual as ever-present realities.
For the Maya, death called the soul to Xibalba, where it faced a series of trials
and competitions with the Lords of Death. If defeated, the soul faced eternal
extinction and burial in the evil-smelling world of Xibalba. The journey into the ...
The crossed bands (usually depicted in its kin bowl) are replaced here by a cimi,
the glyph for death. The Monster is skillfully depicted in a state of transition
between life and death: He is skeletal from the muzzle down, but his eyes have
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