Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Jade Head Comes to Corozal 2 March 2010

                                                                  Mural at the Corozal Town Hall
The 2 photos are only portions of 1 large painting on the interior wall at the Town Hall.  The photos show a mural depicting  historical settings in the North but some are general, like George Price.
The painting was done by Manuel Villamor Reyes who is a Belizean living in Mexico. He has painted 
over the mural at least twice. It is now nothing like the original.

The jade head was discovered at in the Belize District's Mayan site of Altun Ha in 1968 by Dr. David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum of Canada. The head, along with forty other objects, had been placed within a large tomb that was located below the stairblock on the Temple of the Masonry Altars.
The head is a representation of the Maya sun god Kinich Ahau. Along with Chac (rain god) and Yum Kax (corn god), Kinich Ahau was among the most important deities in the Maya pantheon.
A Mayan Christian friend told us today that he remembers the ceremonies to the rain god, the sun god, and the corn god.  He pointed out that our God is indeed the God of the wind, rain and sun.  He remembers during ceremonies there were altars with 3 crosses, 2 smaller on each side and one large one in the middle, scattered over the fields.                                                                   

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