The God of Wisdom & Learning Quetzalcoatl: The God of Wisdom & Learning
Every Spring and Fall equinox, the sun hits the pyramid just perfectly that a snake is formed on the edge of the staircase. The head is down on the bottom of the staircase. Architects still aren’t exactly sure of how the Mayans figured out how to build this.
Chichen-Itza - Observatory Mayan priests studied the stars and planets. Designed an accurate calendar to determine cycles.
The Great Mystery of the Mayas: Collapse of the Mayan Civilization Suddenly left their cities. Why?? Enormous Population –Lack of Resources (water, food, materials) Revolution against the Government –Peasant uprising against nobles & priests Invasions Natural Disaster (earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanos etc.) Disease Calendar Prophesies - Mayans believed they were headed for collapse because their calendar said they were, therefore they thought they should move to new centers
Cuzco: Ancient Capital of the Inca Stone Architecture with no mortar or cement. Architecture Stonework and earthquake proof structures – trapezoid doors and windows & walls tilted in at 80 degrees instead of 90 degree straight walls.