The Mayan legacy captured in glass

Kukulcan Plaza in Cancun now has a spectacular stained glass dome in the centre of the plaza measuring 25 meters in diameter magically depicting the splendor of Mayan mythology. It is a tribute to the beauty of the Mayan Culture and was created by the great Mexican artist Clemente Cameo. There is a daily light and sound show at 7.30 pm in Spanish and at 8pm in English, introducing several characters from the Popol Vuh, the Maya’s sacred text, giving us an insight into their culture with its exotic lands, mystical cities and ancient secrets.

Some of the images depicted in the dome are Xaman Ek, the North Star that rules the destiny of men, other symbols like the turtle and the quetzal and Kukulkan himself; on the other side there is a scene of The Ball Game which was a sacred ritual celebrated in all the Mesoamerican cities; The Jaguar was a symbol of power, so the tradition was that those in authority wore jaguar skins to show they were the undisputed rulers in the Mayan World;  one of the most represented gods was Kukulcan, the Mayan god of thunder and the wind, who wore a feathered snakeskin costume.

For more information on the Mayan Culture and Mayan archaeoligical sites in and around Cancun visit http://cancun.travel/en/things-to-do/mayan-culture/

These are only some of the characters that represent the proud legacy of one of the world’s most enigmatic civilizations. As heirs of this ancient culture, we feel the responsibility of keeping it alive to pass on the future generations.

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