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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- Fall '08
- ruler, Maya civilization, Mayan languages, Ancient Mayan Representations