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      CommentAuthorExploder
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008 edited
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008
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    That's pretty awesome. Have any photos been released?
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    Has it ever occurred to them that the legends might have come after the networks of caves? But what do I know...

    Still, very very cool.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2008
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    There are a number of sites in the lowlands where there are caves right underneath the principal temples, palaces and pyramids, which are thought to represent a religious 'access mundi,' where you have the pyramid representing the heavens, and the caves representing the underworld underneath.


    ...would be cool if they ever found underground structures beneath the pyramids in Egypt.
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      CommentAuthorJack_Crow
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2008
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    I still think that the interest of the spanish inquisition was more centered on the gold than on the change of faith....as far as i know here in spain whenever we force people to become cristian was much more centered on the gold than on beliefs issues :P
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    Absolutely fascinating.

    Best line from the article; But why go to the trouble of reproducing hell?
    • CommentAuthorKristian
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2008
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    A lot of the entertainment I see on TV could be considered to be reproductions of someone's hell. Media was just very large back then.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2008
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    The folks who make Tiger Balm ointment have a sort of Buddhist afterlife theme park where you walk past miniature dioramas of hellish torment.


    Cory Doctorow's picture report on Boing Boing
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2008
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    the Damanhurians still win, on all accounts.
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    If roque stops by sometime, she can share some stuff about the animatronic hell dioramas she was telling me about near where she lives in Fukuoka, Japan.

    As it was I visited the "largest seated wooden buddha in Japan" and they had a tunnel running underneath him to a small exhibition of horribly graphic pictures of hell. This gave way to a winding, pitch black tunnel in which you couldn't see an inch in front of you, and in which I assume you were meant to contemplate your current destination. And then there was a glowing portrait of some holy figures who didn't go to hell and a collection box.
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    The article's tone feels a bit melodramatic (spiders and toads and scorpions, oh my!) but nonetheless, it's very interesting...especially given the Mayan perception of the Earth as a snake and the cenote as the sacred gateway/mouth to the afterlife/underworld.

    Considering the rigourous detail, attention, and symbolism in their above-ground structures, i wouldn't be surprised if they embellished pre-existing tunnels in a similar manner. By all accounts and theories, the above ground rituals were quite theatric.
    A bit bloody perhaps. Was probably more than a few acting careers cut short.

    Har. (okay back to work)
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      CommentAuthorRachel
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2008
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    Another article n the Mayan road, with pictures. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i0X_X9vW5eX27jlXl8wH_UFcp3UgD94BHVEO0

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