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12302 - Structure, compound, site, and region as Cosmos among the pre-Columbian Maya of Yucatan

Pre-Columbian people settled in the Yucatan Peninsula conceived of their terrestrial enviornment as a kind of island floating in an aqueous world, whose ideological image reconciled with Maya cosmological beliefs. Within this particular world view, certain territories acquired distinctive symbolic meanings that were reinforced by the structural replication of specific contextual units through particular levels of ecological and architectural phenomena. This paper will discuss structure, architectural compound and site level elements, an artificial marine island, an inland aqueduct that connects two river courses, and three to four constituent capital cities within a religious pilgrimage route linked by that hydraulic system built by Maya peoples found in the current State of Campeche, Mexico, twenty-some centuries before present. These natural and cultural elements as aesthetic tropes replicate through distinctive scales (from micro, semi-macro to macro regional templates) specific places of creation and foundation, and the legitimacy of power in the greater the Yucatan Peninsula area. Said heritage resources permeated many aspects of daily life. 

Author: Williams-Beck, Lorraine A (Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, México)

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