A monster mouth doorway, ruined pyramid temples and palace remains
emerged from the Mexican jungle as archaeologists unearthed two ancient Mayan cities.
Rock Cellar Magazine
has come up with a list of eleven songs to listen to in case the world comes to an end on December 21 2010
. [more inside]
This weekend, TAL ran an episode
on the massacre at Dos Erres
. What they didn't mention was that this happened as part of the "Silent Holocaust
" -- a "systematic campaign of genocide against the Mayan people." An estimated 83% of the massacred people were indigenous Maya
. Throughout the period of the genocide, the USA continued to provide military support
to the Guatemalan government, mainly in the form of arms and equipment, despite knowing that the Guatemala military was responsible
for the killings. Horatio Castellanos Moya
, an exiled Honduran writer, wrote Senselessness
, his first book to be published in English, based on the testimonies taken by the Catholic Church's Recuperation of History project, which led to Bishop José Gerardi Conedera
releasing the Guatemala: Never Again!
report. Two days later, he was bludgeoned to death.
Archaeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History
have used a remote-controlled microcamera to explore a 1500-year-old sealed Mayan burial chamber at the Palenque archaeological site
in Chiapas, Mexico. Story in English from the Guardian
but be sure to click on "Fotos" at the first link.
Jon Klassen is an illustrator and designer, with a blog
and a lovely website full of artwork
, including The Miser
(3:53, 2004, made with Kyle McQueen
and Dan Rodrigues), An Eye for Annai
(5:27, 2005, previously
, also made with Dan Rodrigues, .MOV video link
), an interpretation
of a Mayan folktale
(available in full in Flight vol 4
), The Adventures of Ship
, a family art project
, visual development and drawings
for sets and props
for the movie adaptation of Coraline
(a couple previous
), amongst other bits and bobs. Illustration Mundo had an interview with Klassen
earlier this year.
"Look at the surrealist moustache on the Mona Lisa.
Just a silly joke? Consider where this joke can lead. I had been working with Malcolm Mc Neill
for five years on an illustrated book entitled Ah Pook Is Here
, and we used the same idea: Hieronymous Bosch as the background for scenes and characters taken from the Mayan codices
and transformed into modern counterparts. That face in the Mayan Dresden Codex
will be the barmaid in this scene, and we can use the Vulture God
over here. Bosch, Michelangelo, Renoir, Monet, Picasso — steal anything in sight. You want a certain light on your scene? Lift it from Monet. You want a 1930s backdrop? Use Hopper
." -- William S. Burroughs, Les Voleurs [more inside]
Architecture, Restoration, and Imaging of the Maya Cities of Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, and Labná
- a new extensive exhibition site from Reed College (with nice large images available)
. See: Contents
. The site includes "19th and early 20th century drawings, prints, and photographs, showing the appearance of these four cities before the extensive restoration campaigns of the twentieth century [..and..] over 1000 recent photographs."
Don Berto’s Garden.
"The plants of the ancient Maya whisper their secrets to those who speak a shared language."
Were the Mayans expert sound engineers
? Perhaps we could learn something from them to aid our pursuit of technological solutions
to modern noise pollution
Mayan Stairway reveals a longer chapter of missing history.
revealed by a hurricane at Dos Pilas, Guatemala
, tell of "the attack on Dos Pilas by Calakmul in this powerful kingdom’s strategy to control the river trade routes between the Maya Lowlands and the Highlands of Guatemala in the Southwestern Petén and the resulting Dos Pilas’ acceptance of a subservient role in this affair." Same report in Spanish
. There is also a weak New York Times report