Roaming Mayan Ruins

by Nicole Trilivas

I just got back from a quick trip to Mexico with my sister, and while there, we got a chance to roam the Mayan metropolis of Chichen Itza, which is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

I hate saying this while being a tourist, but–I wish there weren’t so many damn tourist there! I can only imagine what the place must felt like upon discovery: especially since it would have been covered by relentless vegetation: thick, and green with life.

Chichen Itza was the site for human sacrifices (including children), and sacrificial rites included having beating hearts ripped from the chest, and drowning in a sacred cenote (limestone sinkhole/natural well) in offering for the rain god.

The ghosts of these “victims” (sometimes willing; sometimes not so much) seem long gone at this point. I don’t blame them for leaving.

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