was a strong religious and astrological connection to the building endeavors
of the Mayans. For example, they might build a temple in a specific
location so that if you faced the front you would be looking south to see
the path of the Jaguar. The sun, rising in the east and setting in
the west, would circle the temple. The steps to the temple would
be placed exactly in the middle so that the priest would be in better touch
with the gods. Some building also possessed daily and yearly time
functions(Schele and Freidel 114). Religion also played an important role
in Aztec and Inca building.
buildings also have a metaphoric value. The Mayans believed that
the pyramids were representations of mountains: temples represented
caves to the underworld, doorways represented monster mouths and both were
decorated accordingly(Stuart 117).
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