Statue of an ancient Mayan warrior in a jungle setting in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region. © David A. Kamm

Statue of an Ancient Mayan Warrior (Riviera Maya, Mexico)

Statue of an ancient Mayan warrior in a jungle setting in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region. © David A. Kamm

Closeup of a Figure of a Standing Warrior late Classic Maya Jaina style Campeche or Yucatan Mexico       650-800 CE Ceramic with pigment    Art Institute of Chicago

Closeup of a Figure of a Standing Warrior late Classic Maya Jaina style Campeche or Yucatan Mexico 650-800 CE Ceramic with pigment Art Institute of Chicago

Jaguar shaped receptacle for hearts of sacrifice victims, Aztec, Mexico, Templo Mayor.

Jaguar shaped receptacle for hearts of sacrifice victims, Aztec, Mexico, Templo Mayor.

Maya, Palenque, Ancient Cultures, The Americas, Archaeology, Mexico, Meso America, figure, ceramic, artifact

Maya, Palenque, Ancient Cultures, The Americas, Archaeology, Mexico, Meso America, figure, ceramic, artifact

Quetzalcoatl -For the Aztec Quetzalcoatl, is the Feathered Serpent. God of intelligence and self-reflection, a patron of priests and the giver of maze (corn). He is the primordial god of creation, a giver of life. With his opposite Tezcatlipoca he created the world. As the Lord of the East he is associated with the morning star

Quetzalcoatl -For the Aztec Quetzalcoatl, is the Feathered Serpent. God of intelligence and self-reflection, a patron of priests and the giver of maze (corn). He is the primordial god of creation, a giver of life. With his opposite Tezcatlipoca he created the world. As the Lord of the East he is associated with the morning star

The Mexica spoke the Nahuatl language. Like the Mexica gods, many of the symbols are based off of nature and its aspects.

The Mexica spoke the Nahuatl language. Like the Mexica gods, many of the symbols are based off of nature and its aspects.

Royal Profile Late Classic Maya Mexico or Guatemala 650-800 CE Sandstone and pigment

Royal Profile Late Classic Maya Mexico or Guatemala 650-800 CE Sandstone and pigment

Teotihuacan, Early Classic (300-550 C.E.) Teotihuacan, State of Mexico

Teotihuacan, Early Classic (300-550 C.E.) Teotihuacan, State of Mexico

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