“Chichén Itzá”: a book still waiting to be read

Photo: Reporteros Hoy

Mérida, Yucatán; March 15.- Yucatecan journalist Félix Ucán Salazar presented this day the book “20 FACTS, Chichén Itzá, la ciudad de los misterios”, which are 20 ways of communicating the myths and realities of the archaeological zone, as if they were “bullets” or informative bullets passed through the sieve of the historically accepted review.

“There are 150 years of study and Chichén continues to reveal its secrets,” he said during the presentation of the 103-page book, which gathers the most reliable information on the most interesting topics for the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.

It is material that during a year and a half, he elaborated and consulted with experts, compiled and selected unpublished photographs, and also received the support of the cartoonist “Tony”, who illustrated tips for a responsible visit to the archaeological site.

In the framework of the International Book Fair of Yucatan (FILEY), Ucán Salazar pointed out that the document, besides being an easy-to-read guide to getting to know the pre-Hispanic site, also seeks to debunk myths, such as the fact that in the great sacred cenote, virgin women were sacrificed.

He said that current evidence shows that the 42 bone remains found inside the cenote were those of adults and children.

Accompanied by archaeologist Eduardo Heredia, former director of INAH-Yucatán, the journalist added that the winners of the ball games were not sacrificed, but rather the losers, mainly the captain of the defeated team.

Felix Ucan (Photo: SIPSE)

Ucán Salazar commented that this book will soon also be on sale on Amazon and that it opens the door to elaborate informative material of this type about Uxmal, Tulum, Mérida, Teotihuacán, and even the Chinese Wall because the format responds to direct questions that people ask about these sites.

The commercial, he said, is not at odds with seriousness, and Chichén is still an open book, waiting to be read in its entirety…Chichén must be listened to.

After the presentation of the material, Ucán Salazar sat down to dedicate the book to those who had purchased it at the time.

The 20 questions that the book answers are the following: What is Chichén Itzá, What is Chichén Itzá Maya, Who were the Itzáes, What is Chichén Tolteca, Who were the Toltecs, Is the snail tower an astronomical observatory, Is the Kukulul pyramid an astronomical observatory, Is the Kukul pyramid an astronomical observatory, Is the Kukul pyramid an astronomical observatory, Is the Kukul pyramid an astronomical observatory, Is the Kukulcan pyramid a Mayan calendar, What are the light and shadow phenomena of the pyramid, Who was Quetzalcoatl- Kukulcan, Were maidens thrown into the cenote, Were human sacrifices performed in the great ball game? Have treasures been looted from the sacred cenote? Why are there so many masks of Chaac, the god of rain? What does the representation of jaguars, eagles, and snakes mean? What is known about the women in Chichén Itzá?, How were the pyramids built? What are the Chacmoles?, How was such a big city maintained? What happened after the peak of Chichén Itzá? and Did the Spaniards try to found a city in Chichén Itzá?

TYT Newsroom