MAYA CHICHEN ITZA Chichen Itza: --On Yucatan Peninsula; the city covers 6 sq. miles --Itza were a later, northern group of Maya --There had previously been a sacred well here; the name means “ well at the mouth of the Itza.”
NAZCA CULTURE: c.200-600 AD NAZCA: Southwest Peru, slightly inland from ocean
NAZCA CULTURE NAZCA LINES: A series of figures (mostly animals) and abstract markings drawn into the desert floor, some almost 2000 years old. Of immense size—some of the figures are well over 300 yards across and some of the abstract designs are over a mile and a half long. “ GEOGLYPHS”
NAZCA CULTURE: NAZCA LINES WALKING/DANCING: --sacred pathways, perhaps representing deities or mythological beings? --paths for, or choreographies of, sacred dances or cult rituals? Perhaps involving shamanism or the use of hallucinogenic plants?
NAZCA CULTURE: NAZCA LINES WATER: --intended to invoke water/rain, perhaps in conjunction with rituals? --some of the lines seem to follow the path of underground streams— were the lines meant to mark underground water sources?
NAZCA CULTURE: NAZCA LINES ASTRONOMY AND ASTROLOGY
NAZCA CULTURE: NAZCA LINES Libra The Condor ASTRONOMY AND ASTROLOGY
NAZCA CULTURE: NAZCA LINES ASTRONOMY AND ASTROLOGY Hummingbird: aligned to summer solstice; sun rises directly through it