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Tulum in Municipality of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

Temple of the Descending God

El Templo del Dios Descendente

 
 
Temple of the Descending God Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 16, 2017
1. Temple of the Descending God Marker
Inscription.
Sin duda, es uno de los más bellos de Tulum. Su nombre se debe a que en el nicho situado en la parte superior de la puerta, destaca la escultura de un personaje con alas que está descendiendo del cielo. Sus piernas están hacia arriba, sus brazos abajo, tiene un tocado sobre la cabeza y sostiene un objeto entre las manos.

Aunque hoy es un edificio admirable, hace más de 500 años era más bello, pues el templo estuvo decorado, por dentro y por fuera con numerosas representaciones de dioses en pintura mural.

Los muros y la puerta no están totalmente verticales, pues están inclinados, pero esto no es el resultado del paso del tiempo, sino que ¡Así fue construido originalmente!

English:
Unndoubtedly, this is one of the most beautiful in Tulum. Its name is because in the niche located on top of the door there is a sculpture of a winged figure falling from the sky. His legs are up, his arms below, he has a headdress on his head and he is holding an object in his hands.

Although today it is an impressive building, over 500 years ago it was even more beautiful, as the temple was decorated, inside and out, with numerous representations of Gods in mural painting.

The walls and doors are not completely vertical, rather they are inclined, but this is not the result of the passage of time –
Nearby "Mural painting" additional marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 16, 2017
2. Nearby "Mural painting" additional marker
This additional marker is just to the right of the featured marker. It reads:
Pintura mural - Lenguaje e historias en imagen.
La principal función de la pintura mural fue adornar los edificios con temas rituales, cotidianos y representaciones del entorno natural.
Se pintaron a las dioses y a los sacerdotes, convirtiéndose estas representaciones en los testimonios visuales de la sociedad y sus manifestaciones simbólicas-mágicas religiosas.
Se acostumbraba repintar las fachadas con vivos colores relacionados con los puntos cardinales y las deidades asociados a éstos.
También el interior se pintó, retocándose los murales ya existentes o sustituyéndose con nuevos diseños y temas, tal vez conmemorativos del periodo de 20 años conocido entre los mayas como “Katún”.

English:
Mural painting – Images of language and stories.
The main function of mural painting was to adorn buildings with ritual or everyday themes and images of natural surroundings.
Deities and priests were painted, converting these images into visual testimonies of the society and its symbolic-magical religious manifestations.
It was customary to paint ovef the facades with bright colors related to the cardinal directions and the deities associated with them.
The interior was also repainted, touching up existing murals or replacing them with new designs and themes, perhaps commemorative of the 20-year period known to the Mayas as ”Katún”.
it was built that way originally!
 
Erected by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes de México (CONACULTA).
 
Location. 20° 12.9′ N, 87° 25.752′ W. Marker is in Tulum, Quintana Roo, in Municipality of Tulum. Marker can be reached from Carretera Cancún - Tulum (Route 307). Touch for map. The marker is west of the Temple of the Descending God at the Tulum Archaeological Site near the town of Tulum. Marker is in this post office area: Tulum, Quintana Roo 77700, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Palace of the Great Lord (a few steps from this marker); The Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); Trade and Navigation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Temple of the Stela (within shouting distance of this marker); The House of the Cenote (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Caste War 1847-1900 (about 240 meters away).
 
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Temple of the Descending God Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 16, 2017
3. Temple of the Descending God Marker
The temple can be seen in the background towards the east. The additional marker to the right is "Mural Painting."
The "Descending God" at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 25, 2017
4. The "Descending God" at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
This image was removed from the temple in Tulum and can be found in the Maya exhibition at the National Museum of Anthropology of Mexico in Mexico City. Note the wings, headdress and the object held by the god mentioned in the marker text.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 102 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on March 2, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   2. submitted on March 3, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3, 4. submitted on March 2, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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