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Plato con murciélagos

Balamkú, Campeche
Clásico Tardío (600 - 900 D.C.)
Arcilla
INAH. Museo Arqueológico de Campeche, Fuerte de San Miguel, Campeche
The Guardian of the Caves
Caves symbolized the entrance to the Underworld. Therefore, the Mayas dedicated various rituals to them and deposited offerings in cave interiors. For the Mayas the bat was the guardian of the caves, because it dwelled in darkness and was linked to the night, death, fertility and sexuality. Bats were also associated with blood sacrifice, particularly vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) like those pictured on the plate, which can be identified by the blood flowing from their snouts.

© Foto: Haupt & Binder

Mayas, el lenguaje de la belleza

Exposición itinerante del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), México. Informaciones y foto tour por la presentación en Berlín, 2016.


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