One of the biggest Mayan pyramids in Belize has been all but destroyed by builders who ravaged the ancient structure for crushed rock to fill in a new road.
The construction workers used bulldozers and diggers to claw at the sloping sides of the 100ft tall pyramid, which is part of the Nohmul complex – the most important Mayan site in northern Belize and one which dates back at least 2,300 years.
Horrified archaeologists claim there is no way the builders could have mistaken the Mayan ruins for a hill, as the landscape is naturally flat and the Nohmul complex is well known.
The builders used backhoes to claw at the sides of the pyramid, leaving an isolated core of limestone cobbles at the centre, with what appears to be a narrow Mayan chamber dangling above one hollowed-out section.
Belizean police said they are conducting an investigation and that criminal charges may be brought against the construction company.
The Nohmul complex sits on private land, but Belizean law says that any pre-Hispanic ruins are under government protection.
It is not the first time it’s happened in Belize, a country of about 350,000 people that is largely covered in jungle and dotted with hundreds of Mayan ruin sites – though few as large as Nohmul.
Because in some areas archaeologists say they practiced cannibalism But just as a ritual Sometimes they eat the rest of the body.
Sometimes they just cut the legs and arms And put them in another different place i know talking about sacrifice sounds very awful, Very rude.
But remember, at that time, everything was about religion.
So people actually volunteered to be part of the ritual When would this have been? When would this have been happening? i mentioned that the human sacrifices took place around 600 ad By Chichen Itza, when i went on tour there, they said it wasn’t the Mayans that were sacrificial, But it was actually when the Aztecs came in So the Mayans weren’t into the sacrifices as much As when the Aztec warriors came in and took over the Mayan Civilization Exactly.
I mentioned at the beginning that they Just offered food and animals.
Until 600 ad more or less when they met the Toltecs, the ancestors of the Aztecs.
Because remember i also mentioned Aztecs flourished after the Maya So when they met the Toltecs, they were influenced.
I prefer that we move to the last building And when we come back if you have the opportunity, you can climb this temple.
The Mayan people have and inportant tree called ‘ceiba’ in Spanish.
‘ceiba’ In Mayan language Ya’axche means green trunks In English, cotton silk tree.
With this tree they represent the life It is called the tree of life.
For the Maya, the leaves of the tree represent heaven.
In heaven, they have 13 levels for the 13 laws The trunk of the tree represents earth where we are living They believe earth is standing on the back of a huge crocodile And the roots represent the underworld In the underworld they have 9 levels for the 9 different Gods.
And we always say If we behave good, we’ll good to heaven If we behave badly, we go to hell.
(laughter) In ancient time the Maya people believed That even if you behave good or bad You have to go to the underworld You need to pass the 9 tests of the laws 0:03:27.
809 And when you are ready, you can go to heaven.
The only way that you can escape the underworld Is if you die in a human sacrifice Or the woman who dies in labor delivering a baby Because they already have the pain So even the ruler and his family need to go to the underworld before they go to heaven.
If they didn’t die because of these 2 things: a human sacrifice or delivering a baby So i brought you here because this is she-bal-BAH You can see the temple number one in front of you That the 2 buildings that forms the plaza Are called the north and the south palace And if you take a look, these buildings have 9 doors So that’s the reason the archaeologists call this area She-bal-Bah The underworld and then you can go to heaven just climbing the steps So do you have a question? Nothing about this? Now friends, i will give you the opportunity to climb the building to get to the stars There’s a very nice view of the canopy of here in this area And then you are going to have 20 minutes to see the rest of the buildings.
You are because you want to take pictures, You want to climb.
Too much blah-blah-blah we can do the rest of the blah-blah-blah on the bus So please, 20 minutes here 25 minutes You going to have more or less in the other plaza (tourists talking & music to end).