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Chichen Itza: The History and Mystery of the Maya's Most Famous City (English Edition) de [Harasta, Jesse, Charles River Editors]
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Chichen Itza: The History and Mystery of the Maya’s Most Famous City (English Edition) Edición Kindle


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*Includes pictures of the ruins and art at Chichen Itza.
*Includes Mayan and Spanish accounts of Chichen Itza.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

Many ancient civilizations have influenced and inspired people in the 21st century, like the Greeks and the Romans, but of all the world’s civilizations, none have intrigued people more than the Mayans, whose culture, astronomy, language, and mysterious disappearance all continue to captivate people. At the heart of the fascination is the most visited and the most spectacular of Late Classic Maya cities: Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza was inhabited for hundreds of years and was a very influential center in the later years of Maya civilization. At its height, Chichen Itza may have had over 30,000 inhabitants, and with a spectacular pyramid, enormous ball court, observatory and several temples, the builders of this city exceeded even those at Uxmal in developing the use of columns and exterior relief decoration. Of particular interest at Chichen Itza is the sacred cenote, a sinkhole was a focus for Maya rituals around water. Because adequate supplies of water, which rarely collected on the surface of the limestone based Yucatan, were essential for adequate agricultural production, the Maya here considered it of primary importance. Underwater archaeology carried out in the cenote at Chichen Itza revealed that offerings to the Maya rain deity Chaac (which may have included people) were tossed into the sinkhole.

Although Chichen Itza was around for hundreds of years, it had a relatively short period of dominance in the region, lasting from about 800-950 A.D. Today, tourists are taken by guides to a building called the Nunnery for no good reason other than the small rooms reminded the Spaniards of a nunnery back home. Similarly the great pyramid at Chichen Itza is designated El Castillo (“The Castle”), which it almost certainly was not, while the observatory is called El Caracol (“The Snail”) for its spiral staircase. Of course, the actual names for these places were lost as the great Maya cities began to lose their populations, one by one. Chichen Itza was partially abandoned in 948, and the culture of the Maya survived in a disorganized way until it was revived at Mayapán around 1200. Why Maya cities were abandoned and left to be overgrown by the jungle is a puzzle that intrigues people around the world today, especially those who have a penchant for speculating on lost civilizations.

Chichen Itza: The History and Mystery of the Maya’s Most Famous City comprehensively covers the history of the city, as well as the speculation surrounding the purpose of Chichen Itza and the debate over the buildings. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about the Maya’s most famous city like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • Formato: Edición Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 2794 KB
  • Número de páginas: 38
  • Números de página - ISBN de origen: 149295585X
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  • Editor: Charles River Editors (10 de octubre de 2013)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Mexico Services, Inc.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B00FRWUIJ4
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Amazon.com: 3.6 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 48 opiniones
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas written like a research paper 14 de enero de 2016
Por Jonathan Barsa - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This book is ok for a summary of the Chichen Itza history. The book is very short, written like a research paper, has blatant errors, and pictures are blurry. I wanted a book to talk more about the site as we will be visiting it.
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Very amateur, not professional at all 23 de septiembre de 2016
Por Elizabeth Wink - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I could have printed this myself. It is NOT in color, it is all black and white, like a newspaper actually, with thin pages. It just looks very amateur, it does not look like a real book when you hold it in your hands. The picture of the cover is very deceiving
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas informative 17 de octubre de 2013
Por Spongy Bob - Publicado en Amazon.com
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decades ago National Geographic featured the treasures and curiosities of the sacred cenote of this city. this book complements that introduction with excellent history of the area, and photos of the buildings. several typos are present, written like a research paper. may be a challenge for grammar school students.
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Woefully brief and out of date. The blurry print ... 3 de junio de 2016
Por James - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Woefully brief and out of date. The blurry print process makes it difficult to read and the photo reproductions are all blurry.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Offers enough content for a casual visitor to the site 21 de enero de 2014
Por Name doesn't matter - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Bought the book to get some idea of Chichen Itza while getting there. The volume of the book allows to go through it on the way from Cancun or Playa del Carmen to this site (about 2 hours). Definitely adds value to your visit to the site. In addition to that I bought an audio guide (easy to find online) for my mp3 player, which also helped a lot on the site. These both cost a fraction of the price of a local guide and allowed my family wonder around a rather large site for several hours without the need to rush after a guide, who only wants to spend so much time on his client.
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