Exploring Maya Ritual Caves: Dark Secrets from the Maya Underworld

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Rowman Altamira, 2011 - Social Science - 228 pages
Exploring Maya Ritual Caves offers a rare survey and explication of most of the known ancient Maya ritual caves in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The caves were the Maya underworld, where rituals, including animal and human sacrifice, were carried out. The Maya cave cult and mythology, construction and modification of the caves, and cult art and artifacts are discussed. Chládek, an intrepid explorer, then describes important caves that he has recently visited and provides photos of their wonders.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chronology
3
Ch01 The Maya and Their World
5
Ch02 Caves and the Maya
19
Ch03 Journeys into the Underworld
101
Conclusion
189
Glossary
195
Bibliography
199
Notes
209
Index
213
About the Author
227
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Stanislav Chládek, once a world champion whitewater kayaker, had a long career as a professor of chemistry, ran a business in Michigan importing English sea kayaks, and recently has studied Native American rock art and the Aleutian Islands, by kayak, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution. In his latest research on the Maya, he was on occasion the first non-Maya to enter some caves.

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