Exploring Maya Ritual Caves

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Author  Stanislav Chládek
Publisher  AltaMira Press
Publication Date   August 11, 2011
ISBN  0759119872
Pages  240

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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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