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bonampak, mayan ruins at Chiapas

Bonampak (Pak Boonam Painted Wall in Modern Maya) is an ancient site
Mayan archaeological in the Mexican state of Chiapas. The site is
about 30 km (20 miles) south of the larger site of Yaxchilan,
Bonampak under which was a dependency, and the border with
Guatemala. While the site is not too impressive
terms of territorial size or architecture, is well known for a
series of murals, especially those located within the structure
1 (The Temple of the Murals). Building structures
site dates from the Early Classic period (ca. 580 to 800).

The site, located near a tributary of the Usumacinta River, was seen by
first time by the non-Maya in 1946 by two American tourists
Herman Charles (Carlos) Frey and John Bourne. The Americans were
taken to the local Mayan ruins that still visited the Lacandon
place to pray at the ancient temples. Soon after, a photographer,
Giles Healey, was shown the huge painting that covers the
walls of one of the three rooms of the structure. Paintings
tell the story of a battle and its victorious outcome

The paintings date from 790 and were made as a fresh, seamless
gypsum suggests that each room was painted in one session
during the time the plaster was wet. Show the hand of a
principal artist with a pair of competent assistants. The three rooms
exhibit a series of real events with great realism. The
first sample station of the priests and nobles, a ceremony
to mark a child as a noble heir, an orchestra of trumpets
Wood, playing drums and other instruments, and the nobles
conferred in the discussion. The second quarter shows a scene of war,
with prisoners, and then the prisoners, fingers ritually
bleeding, sitting at a richly dressed II Chaan Muwaan,
Yaxchilano the "governor" of Bonampak. It is generally assumed that the
prisoners are being prepared for human sacrifice, although
this is not actually shown in the murals. The third room
a ceremony with fine dressed dancers with masks of gods and
the ruler and his family needling in the language of the ritual
bloodshed. The hieroglyphic text accompanying dates
of the scene and gives the names of key participants.

Chiapas is a state that is located in southeastern Mexico,
bordering Veracruz, Tabasco, Oaxaca, the Pacific Ocean and
Republic of Guatemala. The South Border Road, which comes from
Palenque, is the only overland route through which you can get to Bonampak.
If you are part of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Chiapas state capital,
reached via Palenque San Cristobal de las Casas and Ocosingo. Is
important to note that the last nine miles to reach the
Archaeological Zone, is made by a walkway lined with a material
subgrade with a hydraulic base layer of 10 centimeters thick.
Bonampak is also accessible by air, renting private travels
aircraft departing from the cities of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Palenque,
Ocosingo and Comitan de Domínguez.

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