Chichen Itza Tour Sampler of Lower Temple of Jaguars

Chichen Itza Tour Sampler of Lower Temple of Jaguars
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Chichén Itzá Sample Bundle
By Kim Headlee (movie clip and photo files beginning "PA") and my daughter (photo file beginning "SDC").

This bundle features a brief discussion of the Lower Temple of the Jaguar, at the base of the eastern wall of the Great Ball Court of Chichén Itzá, honoring warriors wearing non-Maya armor, helmets, headdresses and haircuts.

Our guide on this tour, conducted 30 October 2010, was Gudelio Alanis, who came highly recommended via TripAdvisor.com, and this video clip is posted with his permission.

In the movie clip, Gudelio speaks about being able to see some of the original paint used inside the small temple, and he points out some of the carvings' details, such as the Apache headdress, Roman (or Romanesque) helmet, and the Mohawk haircut. He presents a theory, based on the carvings inside this building, that Chichén Itzá was a truly cosmopolitan city at its peak occupancy, with people from several cultures living together harmoniously. The jaguar-shaped seat is a smaller and more weathered version of the Jaguar Throne housed inside the nearby Temple of Kukulkan (a.k.a. "El Castillo," or "The Castle").

The bundle includes
-- This file, "Chichen Itza Sample Read Me.doc" (29K)
-- QuickTime Media Player file: "PA301952 Lower Temple of the Jaguar.MOV" (32.3Mb)
To download the latest version of Apple's free QuickTime application, paste the following URL into your browser's URL bar:
[http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/] (approx. 40Mb)
-- "PA301953.JPG" close-up of the chamber's interior shown in the .MOV file. (1Mb)
-- "PA301954.JPG" another close-up of the chamber's interior. (1Mb)
-- "SDC10633.JPG" -- a close-up of the small Jaguar Throne. (1.4Mb)
-- Portable Network Graphic file "Chichen_Itza_Plan_EN.PNG" (1.27Mb) from Wikimedia Commons, published with permission to "copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts."
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