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My Trip to Yaxchilán, the Lacandon Maya Village of Lacanjá Chan Sayab and the Ancient Ruins of Mexico & Guatemala in 2001 - Picture Page 19

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Here are more photos of Yaxchilan on the Usumacinta River in Mexico. Just across the river is Guatemala.


According to an online source: "Stela 11 originally stood in front of Structure 40. The stela was removed in 1964 and shipped upriver to Agua Azul to be flown to Mexico City for display in the Museo Nacional de Antropología. However, it was too heavy to fly and was returned to Yaxchilan in 1965 and now lies near the bank of the river. The upper side of the stela depicts king Bird Jaguar IV and his father. The figures and the accompanying hieroglyphic panel are very well preserved. There are various dates inscribed on the stela with the earliest being 741. The stela is broken into two parts."











This "merged" photo shows most of stela 11.











Stela 35 inside Structure 21
To the right of this stela you can see a mirror. This lets you see the carving on the back.











This picture is a reflection of the same stele. It shows the Lady Eveningstar's other aspect. You can see a serpent coming out of her mouth. Some people think this is a rope coming out of her mouth as part of a blood-letting ceremony.



This "merged" photo shows most of this stela.







This picture was taken in 1882.






The body Bird Jaguar IV that sats in the central niche of Structure 33.


The following eight pictures are of a series of 13 blocks toward the top of Temple 33.











The stone above is thought to depict Bird Jaguar IV. He is engaged in a ball game. The ball coming down from the left is made from the body of Lakamtuun royalty.



Two dwarves are watching Bird Jaguar IV. This scene recalls one of the ancient Maya myths of creation.





This "merged" photo shows most of the blocks.


This map show you where this area is.

This is the last of the pictures from Yaxchilan.


This is the room I had to myself in the Lacandon (Winik) Maya village of Lacanjá Chan Sayab (not far from Bonampak). This is in the middle of the rain forest, west of the Usumacinta River.



This is the creek running through Lacanjá.




The man who owned the hut where I stayed spoke very little Spanish. His primary language was the Lancandon dialect of Mayan. About a week later, I saw him being interviewed on a program on a TV station in Mexico City. He was speaking through an interpreter. This gives you an idea of how isolated this area was.

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