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Sculpture of a coati

Tenam Rosario, Chiapas
Late Classic (600 - 900 AD)
Stone
INAH. Museo Regional de Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
Symbols of origin
The coati, called chi’ik in Maya or pizote in Spain, plays an important role in the Maya rainforest; by dispersing the seeds of plants, it regenerates life. Perhaps because of this and the fact that it is highly active at dawn, it is associated with the Maya origin myths preserved in the Popol Vuh, or Book of Counsel, where one of the names of the mother creator is Zaqi-Nima Tziis, Great White Coati or Grandmother of Dawn, linked to Venus that precedes the Sun at sunrise.

© Photo: Haupt & Binder

The Maya - Language of Beauty

Touring exhibition of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Mexico. Information and photo tour through the presentation in Berlin, 2016.


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