Ancient History Encyclopedia has a new name!

We are now World History Encyclopedia to better reflect the breadth of our non-profit organization's mission. Learn More

Search Results

Search

Pakal the Great & Xibalba
Image by Marcellina Rodriguez

Pakal the Great & Xibalba

A reproduction of the sarcophagus lid of the Maya ruler of Palenque, King Pakal the Great, also known as K'inich Janaab' Pacal (23 March 603 CE - 31 March 683 CE). In this detail the king is falling into the terrible jaws of the Maya underworld...
Maya Incense Burner
Image by James Blake Wiener

Maya Incense Burner

A Maya incense burner in the form of Itzamnaaj. The god wears a costume with feline headdress. Painted ceramic, c. 1200-1521, Peten, Guatemala (St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri)
Maya Tomb Structure at San Gervasio
Image by James Blake Wiener

Maya Tomb Structure at San Gervasio

This Maya building located on the island of Cozumel is named so due to the finding a vaulted tomb in its interior, unbique in San Gervasio, Mexico. The strcutre is a platform since it had no building on tiop of it -- only benches -- and an...
Sacred Maya Cenote at San Gervasio
Image by James Blake Wiener

Sacred Maya Cenote at San Gervasio

This sacred Maya cenote or ceremonial sinkhole is located at the ruins of San Gervasio, which is located on the island of Cozumel in Mexico.
Temple of The Ways, Chacchoben
Image by Betsy Mark

Temple of The Ways, Chacchoben

The Temple of the Ways (Las Vias) at Maya site of Chacchoben, c. 700 CE. In Maya belief, the Ways ("Wayobs") were protective spirits who guided an individual through life. Wayobs were thought to appear in dreams to deliver messages from the...
Temple II, Tikal
Image by Mike Vondran

Temple II, Tikal

Temple II, Tikal, Guatemala. The temple was used as a tomb, probably for the queen of Maya ruler Jasaw Chan K'awiil (r. 682-734 CE), although, no remains have been discovered. The temple is 42 metres high and faces the larger temple-pyramid...
Ixtab
Image by Magnus Manske

Ixtab

Depiction of a Maya deity or supernatural figure appearing on page 53a of the Dresden Codex, identified as a representation of Ixtab.
Kukulcan Sculpture, Chichen Itza
Image by Judson McCranie

Kukulcan Sculpture, Chichen Itza

A representation of the feathered-serpent god Kukulkan at the base of the Castillo or Pyramid of Kukulcan at the Maya (and possibly later Toltec) centre of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. The pyramid was...
Namdaemun Gate, Seoul
Image by Ben Griffis

Namdaemun Gate, Seoul

Namdaemun Gate, Seoul, South Korea. Taken in 2006 CE before a fire caused extensive damage in 2008 CE.
The Pyramid of the Magician
Image by N/A

The Pyramid of the Magician

The Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal, Yucatan rises 115 feet with a base of 227 by 162 feet. It is also known as The Pyramid of the Dwarf and features in the popular Maya legend of the dwarf who became king. Uxmal (whose name means `thrice...