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The Wall of Skulls

Submitted by on September 21, 2010 – 10:24 amOne Comment

mexico-cancun-Chichen-Itza-Tzompantli-wall-of-skullsTzompantli, otherwise known as the “wall of skulls,” at Chichen Itza was the sacrifice platform where the Mayans displayed the heads of their dead enemies, representing the glory of military conquest and serving as a warning to potential invaders. The platform walls of the Tzompantli have carved reliefs of four different subjects. The primary subject is the skull rack itself. The others show a scene with a human sacrifice, eagles eating human hearts and skeletonized warriors with shields and arrows. The quality of the work is amazing with most of it done about 1,000 years ago.

Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the second-most visited of Mexico’s archaeological sites and draws many visitors who make the day trip from Cancun. After dark, there is a cool light and sound show where projected lights shadow over the architectural elements of the building. The show includes a serpent descending to the ground (equinox show), Mayan warriors playing the ball game and the sounds of life and death. If you have a chance to visit Chichen Itza you should definately go.

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IMAGES VIA: a2gemma, chrissy575hisgett and Alaskan Dude

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