Naj Tunich: Entrance to the Maya Underworld

Brady, James E.; Stone, Andrea
November 1986
Archaeology;Nov/Dec86, Vol. 39 Issue 6, p26
Reports on the Naj Tunich Cave in Guatemala, which promises to provide valuable information on Maya art and writing. Accounts of exploration of the site; Entrance hall; Specific features of the cave; Locations inside the cave that are especially sacred to the Maya; Problematic question of child sacrifice; Six structures believed to have been tombs; Areas of ceremonial importance; Theme of sexual union; Paintings suggesting that the cave is the abode of the underworld gods.


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