“Whoever lives sees, but whoever travels sees more” and today I write about a site that allows us to see other perspectives of an ancestral worldview.
Although it is part of the so-called “Ruta Puuc” which image is often associated with the archaeological site of Uxmal and the arch of Labna; Oxkintok cradle of this refined and elegant Mayan style, is one of the less known archaeological, and not many tourists who venture into this area of the state of Yucatán.
Oxkintok is located in the municipality of Maxcanú, state of Yucatán. Its name comes from the Yucatec Maya: ox, three; kin, sun or day and tok, flint. There are many historical records that have been recorded around this ancient city, for example Oxkintok is a Mayan settlement that shows a very long period of occupation (300 BC-1000 AD).
The archaeological evidence tells that Oxkintok had political and religious importance along with other pre-Hispanic cities such as Edzna, Dzibilchaltun and Izamal. On the other hand, Oxkintok has Teotihuacano features that indicate the exchanges they had with Central Mexico, besides, Oxkintok is the oldest pre-Hispanic Puuc settlement.
There are two main elements that give the archaeological site of Oxkintok its own identity and make it even more interesting in the eyes of cultural tourism:
First, I have to refer to the Tzat tun tzat (in Mayan language, it means “to get lost”). This structure is unique in its kind and the local people know it as the “Mayan labyrinth”. It has three levels that are superimposed for which there is only one entrance, intricate passageways and an altar, which is why it is associated with rituals. So, Oxkintok features the only pre-Hispanic labyrinth that still stands today in all of the Americas.
The second element is no less peculiar, it is of the archaeoastronomic phenomena that occurs during the spring equinox. This happens every year between March 19 and 21.
This type of archaeoastronomic events take olace in several spots within the Yucatan, such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Dzibilchaltun, Labná, etc. The Mayan sun god Ah Kin is also present in Oxkintok. The sun light passes right in the middle of a false Mayan arc, and this served as a signal to announce the beginning of the planting season.
more recommended stories
Enrique Rebsamen School owner convicted in 2017 collapse
CDMX (September 19, 2020).- The owner.
Lucha libre wrestlers struggle to survive amid virus
Few of Mexico’s cultural traditions have.
Intellectuals demand that López Obrador not attack freedom of expression. He strikes back at them.
More than 650 intellectuals demanded that.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg Dies, US Election Changes Course
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,.
Seizures of fentanyl drug up 465% in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (The Associated Press) —.
Gabriel Quadri invokes “TUMOR” All united against Morena
Former presidential candidate Gabriel Quadri all.
Residents of Valladolid take justice on their own hand
VALLADOLID.— Tired that several robberies have.
He went in search of the “American Dream” and now his family tries to repatriate his remains
Like many young people in southern.
American citizen caught smuggling 13,000 rounds of ammo into Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican.
Cancun’s Equity Park: a project of inclusion and environmental consciousness
The Strategic Projects Agency ( Agepro ) of Quintana Roo presented this.