Magical Uxmal and Kabah

NahuaYucatán, Mexico.

13. May, 2017.

Uxmal and Kabah were two of the largest Maya cities in the Yucatan from 700-1200 CE. Connected by a grand 18 km. long raised pedestrian causaway five meters wide with great monumental arches at each end. Grand roads connected these cities to other ones in the Yucatan and to further away cities such as Palenque and Tikal.

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Both cities are built in the Puuc style but important influences can be seen in both from the Nahua culture in Central Mexico. This involves the Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc cults.

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The greatest pyramid at Uxmal called the Pyramid of the Magician is the setting of the myth of the dwarf wizard of Uxmal who was the main architecht of the buildings there, even said to have built the city in just one night. At Uxmal lies the ruin of the grand palace, a ballcourt and what seems to have been a university.

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Little archaeological work has yet been done at both sites, especially at Uxmal. The priorities of Mexican authorities seem to lie elsewhere than in investigating Mexico’s magnificent history and in preserving that legacy. What a shame as these ruins as well as others are in desperate need of research, preservation and if possible a restoration.

It was an honour to be able to visit these cities. Thank you for receiving me.

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