Temple Carvings, Kabáh, Yucatán, Mexico

temple carvings kabah yucatan

One of the recurring motifs at many Mayan sites is the curved nose of the rain god, Chaak. The curve, in the sense that it both descends and ascends, represents the rain falling from above and the collection on the ground. Most Mayan cities had elaborate cistern systems to collect rain water to augment that available to them from the cenotes (sinkholes) which dot the Yucatán landscape.

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