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Maya Gods and Kings
JANUARY 2006
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Maya Gods and Kings Gallery Photo

Religious Offering
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

In the earliest Maya mural ever uncovered—from about 100 B.C.—a god personifying kingship sacrifices his own blood to help set up the universe. Each king followed this mythical example by dedicating himself to preserving the order of Maya civilization. Painted glyphs above and to the left of the god call him Ajaw Ek Winik, or Lord Star Man. These would have been sacred words. So why do chisel marks surround them? "It's very, very odd," says project epigrapher David Stuart. "This is thin plaster, so the ancient Maya person who did it had to do it very carefully and purposefully. It probably was an act of 'killing' the glyphs and the power associated with them once the room was about to be destroyed" for a later structure.


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Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon D70
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 12-25mm Nikkor zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Warm and humid
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Three small electronic flash units

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