At the edge of the world: Caves and Late Classic Maya world by Karen Bassie-Sweet

At the edge of the world: Caves and Late Classic Maya world by Karen Bassie-Sweet

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And they say that under the water, what there is is another place. Like here. And they say that that place there is füled with aU the people caUed evÜ"(Fóught 1972:371). 20 AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD In a modem Yucatán prayer the edge of the world is described as a beach:''Bless me at the right hand of the beach, at the right hand where it thunders, at the right hand, at the eastem source of the sky [horizon]" (Sosa 1985:323). The Ritual of the Bacabs incantations make reference to the directions: the north shore,the north estuary west shoie,the west estuary the south shore,the south estuary(Roys 1965:26-28).

These tying dances formed a quadri lateral space just as the deities tied off the quadrilateral world (the location of this Copan space is discussed in chapter 2). In the Popol Vuh the deities prepared the earth for hmnans by cieating the cycles of sim, moon,and stars (Tfedlock 1985). These cycles are lepresented by the epic adventuies of the ancestral couple's chüdren (Hun Hunahpu/sun and Vucub HunahpuAfenus)and grandchüdien(Hunahpu/sim and Xbalenque/full moon). This suggests that the fourfold siding/fourfold comering that also prepared the surface of the earth for humans was related to these astronomical events.

20 AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD In a modem Yucatán prayer the edge of the world is described as a beach:''Bless me at the right hand of the beach, at the right hand where it thunders, at the right hand, at the eastem source of the sky [horizon]" (Sosa 1985:323). The Ritual of the Bacabs incantations make reference to the directions: the north shore,the north estuary west shoie,the west estuary the south shore,the south estuary(Roys 1965:26-28). The Chorti ancestors are quoted as saying "at the edge of the world at the edge of the sea, there live the angels" (Fóught 1972:374).

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