Mayan Stela and Rock Art

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The Mayan Stela played an important role in the history of the Mayan culture. Their primary function was to record the life of a particular individual, by celebrating key events in a person’s life, such as birth, marriage, military victories and death. Displayed prominently in Mayan Culture, they depict the story and history of the Ancient Mayan Culture.

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Stelae were considered sacred and,  thought to contain a divine soul-like essence that almost made them living beings. Some were apparently given individual names in hieroglyphic texts and were considered to be participants in rituals conducted at their location.

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A stela was not just considered a neutral portrait, it was considered sacred and to be ‘owned’ by the subject, whether that subject was a person or a god.

Royal artisans were sometimes responsible for sculpting stelae and in some cases these sculptors were the sons of kings. Many times it is likely that captive artisans from defeated cities were put to work raising stelae for the victors, as evidenced by the sculptural style of one city appearing upon monuments of its conqueror soon after its defeat


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The most typical colours found in the cave art are black and red. The pigment-based and sculpted cave art exhibit differences that go beyond the use of different media and techniques. They vary so much they seem to have different motives, possibly because they were sculpted by different people.

Throughout ancient Mesoamerica, caves were perceived as important features of the sacred landscape. As in many ancient cultures, caves were adorned with rock art  detailing acts of creation and the emergence of human beings from the underworld


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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website,

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