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Mayan Art Megathread

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Warden, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. Warden
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    Here are some great videos on Mayan History off youtube, from Kings and Generals. The three-part mini series does a great job laying out the history in a quick snapshot!

    Rise of Mayan Civilization:



    Mayan Star War: Tikal versus Calakmul:



    Fall of Maya Civilization:

     
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    Editted the previoius post to include all three excellent videos from Kings and Generals. Great stuff, they have a lot of other great videos on other civilizations and empires through history.
     
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    Did a Hurricane wipe them out?
     
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    For the classic Mayan collapse (~900AD) it was several factors, but here are some of the big ones I am aware of:

    • Ecological collapse and soil erosion caused by constant overuse of good farmlands
    • Drought, causing widespread famine and compounding the environmental issues
    • Constant warfare between competing city states and the elites
    • Possible rebellion, caused by all of the above factors, and further eroding the central power of the kings and elite rulers
     
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    It is interesting and curious that civilization seems to have had a tougher time getting going / rebuilding in the Americas.

    Aztecs

    Incas

    Last two left standing.
     
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    I don't know as much about the Aztec or Incas unfortunately. Unlike either of these two groups, the Maya were never a "united empire" of the like of the other two. While this meant they didn't have a large jungle-spanning empire at the arrival of the Spanish (as they existed in small, competing tribal groups spread out over a large jungle area), this also meant they were much more difficult for the Spanish conquisadors to conquer, as they had no single ruler or center of gravity that could be easily captured, destroyed, or held for ransom.

    Fortunately Kings and Generals has a few more videos!

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    Incas:



     
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    Photos and artwork from the city of El Mirador, home to some of the largest pyramids in the New World

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    Aztec Xiuhmolpilli: symbolic mark for the completion of the 52 year cycle.

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    This one was labelled as "Naissance de Ce Actal Topiltzin Quezacoatl." Don't know if it is Aztec or not.

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    Definitely looks more Aztec to me than Mayan.
    But then... might be something else as well. I am still no expert despite looking at thousands of pictures of mesoamerican stuff. :D
     
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    A few more cool designs.

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    Two Mayan pendants:

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    Part of the murals at San Bartolo:

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    And some moody artwork by artist Niourk, very jungle-y:


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    Found a short video on the importance of WATER to ancient civilizations. Highlighted civilizations are the Mayans and another jungle civilization, the Khmer of the 12th century.

     
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    Front of an Incense Burner.
     
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    Another great video on the early history of the Aztecs:

     
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    Video on the Mesoamerican Ballgame:

     
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    Fall of Tenochtitlan

    Epic Aztec diorama, terrain, and beautifully painted miniatures. Lots more pics here.

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    Rack of skulls!

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    That's really an epic diorama!
     

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