El Asintal, Retalhuleu, Guatemala
Fué una costumbre maya y estaba ligada a su vida ceremonial, con énfasis en la purificación y lo terapéutico. En las tierras bajas mayas, el chuj se encuentra asociado a estructuras importantes como palacios, juego de pelota y casas de élite.
Componentes: Muros de piedra, paredes de bajareque, techo de zacatón o pajón, hornilla, desague y puerta de acceso.
The sweat lodge was a Mayan custom and was associated with ceremonial customs, with emphasis on purification and its therapeutic value. In the Mayan lowlands, the sweat lodge is found together with important structures like palaces, ball courts and the residences of the elite.
Components of a sweat lodge: Foundation stone walls, other walls made of wattle and daub, a roof made of grass or straw, a fire pit, drainage and an access door.
Location. 14° 38.168′ N, 91° 44.019′ W. Marker is in El Asintal, Retalhuleu. Click for map. Km. 199, Tak'alik Ab'aj Archaeological Park, Reserva Natural Privada Santa Margarita, Municipio El Asintal.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plaza Tukur Balam (here, next to this marker); Structure 11 (within shouting distance of this marker); Guacalitos Station Tanmi Tnam Plaza (about 210 meters away); Piecitos Station (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Stela 18 Station (approx. 0.4 kilometers away).
Regarding Sweat Lodge. Tak'alik Ab'aj is the oldest known Mayan site, dating from 900 BCE, and was continuously inhabited until ca. 1000. The site is unique in that it has many examples of Olmec influence on early Mayan culture.
Categories. • Anthropology • Man-Made Features •
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