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
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).
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