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|(Left) The Observatory at Chichen Itza provides sight lines to the setting of Venus, the solstices and equinoxes. Were the Mayans heir to an advanced astronomical knowledge?|
(Right) The step pyramid of Quetzalcoatl/Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, a monument to the feathered Serpent.
|(Far left) The cult of death - the gruesome face of MesoAmerican sacrifice.|
(Left) The monuments of Uxmal, according to Stansbury Hagar, are terrestrial counterparts of the zodiac.
|(Right) The 'House of the Pigeons', Uxmal, correlated by Hagar with the zodiacal constellation of Taurus.|
(Far right) The Central Ball Court, representing the constellation of Leo in the sky-ground scheme of Uxmal.
|(Left) The façade of the House of the Governor, Uxmal - a terrestrial counterpart to Gemini.|
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