Friday, October 30, 2015

The Maya Temple, El Castillo in Xunantunich, Belize

Belize, land of adventure ...
The carved elements on the eastern stucco frieze at the summit of “El Castillo” represent astronomical symbols. 

Photography by Subrata Basu
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Belize, land of adventure ...
The Maya temple “El Castillo” towers above the archaeological reserve of Xunantunich.

Photography by Tony Rath

Both postcards are unused and were bought in 2013.

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Xunantunich is an Ancient Mayan archaeological site in western Belize, about 80 miles (130 km) west of Belize City, in the Cayo District.

Xunantunich’s name means "Stone Woman" in the Maya language, and, like many names given to Maya archaeological sites, is a modern name; the ancient name is currently unknown. The "Stone Woman" refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of "El Castillo", ascends the stone stairs, and disappears into a stone wall.

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