Religion of the Maya

Temple II, Tikal, Guatemala. The temple was used as a tomb, probably for the queen of Maya ruler Jasaw Chan K’awiil (r. 682-734 CE), although, no remains have been discovered. The temple is 42 metres high and faces the larger temple-pyramid of Jasaw Chan K’awiil. / Photo by Mike Vondran, Wikimedia Commons Maya religious beliefs are formed on the notion that virtually[…]

Geology and the Maya Civilization

Tikal Mayan ruins in Guatemala. Credit – chensiyuan, WIkimedia Commons Geology relates to interdisciplinary or seemingly unconnected topics, which, at first glance, might seem like they have nothing to do with geology at all. By Flo Bullough / 08.30.2013 Policy Assistant The Geological Society Introduction Here look at the pre-Columbian Maya Civilisation, partly inspired by a story on[…]

Patron Deities and Politics among the Classic Maya

Maya mask. Stucco frieze from Placeres, Campeche. Early Classic period (c. 250 – 600 AD) / Photo by Wolfgang Sauber, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City By Dr. Joanne Baron Lecturer in Anthropology University of Pennsylvania Introduction Most modern scholars agree that religious belief played at least some role in the exercise and legitimization of[…]