Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is probably one of the most visited sites on the Mayan Riviera. It was about a 2 hour drive from where we were staying and was very hot and humid.

After getting there, we got a very nice tour of the area along with some interesting bits of information about the Mayan culture of the era.

Human sacrifices and the end of the world in 2012 are probably two of the most commonly associated things with the Mayan civilization. However, the obsession with tracking time and the precision to which they built their structures is impressive.

Also interesting is the different ways in which the end of the Mayan calendar can be interpreted. One interpretation, the most popular is that it signifies the end of the world literally. However, a more plausible explanation is that it simply signifies the end of an era in the Mayan calendar system.

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