2008.10.06 - There is a strong sense in Mayan ideology of...

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Ancient Mayan Representations In western ideology, we see the cosmos as the universe, everything is heterogeneous (there is classification of plants and animals into groups etc) and compartmentalized and progression is measured in a defined time period. For the Classic Maya, the spiritual was invested in both animate and inanimate objects. Mayan gods are recognised in inscriptions by having animal features. Indeed the belief that gods could shape-shift would have been prevalent. Their world was made up of almost 20 different layers . One of the main connections was the sun, which rose from the underworld in the morning and returned to it at night. In fact, the same word was used for ‘tree’, the ‘stone slabs’ with inscriptions and for ‘ruler’. Caves were the link between layers, not only natural caves but tunnels into pyramids. They were said to lead into the underworld.
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Unformatted text preview: There is a strong sense in Mayan ideology of repetition, especially as far as astrology was concerned. Priests and shamans were responsible from knowing and predicting destiny, or knowing which rituals to perform to create the right effect. Cuxulabob is the ability to do this. Not only were there links between worlds vertically, but horizontally, with North being associated with rulers. Indeed, the rulers were often buried in a Northern compound or enclosure. Rulers were often represented as trees holding up the heavens; as a ruler you had not only to rule your own world but there were religious connotations inasmuch as by maintaining the rest of the cosmos, they would protect their people. Inscriptions were not reflections of the images of the rulers, but more of an idea of what they were like not what they looked like....
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