Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mayans Respected Sharks 1600 Years Ago?

Shark Gods 1600 years ago
1600 years ago the ancient Mayans had a thing for sharks, at least when it came to representing them as Sun Gods.

National Geographic has the scoop and some pretty nifty images this week with a new temple discovery in Guatemala.

Nice to see even 1600 years ago people revered the shark, or...was this a conservation cult for sharks where individuals used these animals to their own grandiose media ends?

From Nat Geo:

Some 1,600 years ago, the Temple of the Night Sun was a blood-red beacon visible for miles and adorned with giant masks of the Maya sun god as a shark, blood drinker, and jaguar. Long since lost to the Guatemalan jungle, the temple is finally showing its faces to archaeologists, and revealing new clues about the rivalrous kingdoms of the Maya.

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