El Mirador: Hero Twins Frieze

Hero Twins
One of the latest discoveries on the ancient Mayan City of El Mirador is a frieze at the Tecolote pyramid complex.

It shows two swimmers* that have been associated with the Hero Twins saga depicted on the Popol Wuj, the Maya K’iche Sacred Book os Creation, written during the Spaniard Colonial Times (1701). One of the twins appears to be swimming with a human head strapped to his hip, which would be the head of his father who would later be resurrected as the Mayan Maize God.
This theory is objected by several archaeologists who suggest it shows something related to the water-cycle, so important for the local Maya.
All possible interpretation aside, this friezes are unquestionably of exquisite art, great care was taken at the composition of the scene which shows a running stream of water, birds associated to it and a possible interpretation of Chaac the Mayan Rain-God and some of the original paint still present despite being more than 1800 years old.

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  • NYChapin

    Is the figure flying or swimming ? it looks way cool.

    • Elí Orozco

      Hello NYChapin, nice reading you again.
      The two principal characters appears to be swimming.
      It is easy to assume they are! According to some archaeologists, this structure was part of a water-canal or reservoir and water would reach the height of the friezes. Imagine that scene!

  • NYChapin

    Glad you made it out of the jungle Eli. Are your eyes green now?

    I can imagine that, what a great opportunity to experience the excavations of such great treasures. Next trip to Guate I’m going to go to Tikal. Sorry, you can’t come. I’m planning to fly and stay at a fancy hotel and I know how much you hate that style of comfortable and luxurious travel.