The Mayan Temple

Like the Mayan pyramids, their temples were important because of their ritual value.  The temples were constructed in the same style as Mayan huts(Stierlin 99).  They had a relatively small interior compared to the mass of the structure as a whole(Sharer 196).  The Mayans never did find a balance between the two(Stierlin 99).

Mayan temples, similar to those of the Aztecs, normally housed altars or stone platforms where the priests would perform thier sacrificial rituals to their god.  On the wall behind the platform there would be a painted representation of the god of that city.  The people of each Mayan city paid homage to their own god(Stierlin 100).

Back to Mayan Home Page