Chichen Itza

Platform of the Eagles and the Jaguars

Detail of the Carvings

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Closer examination of the Platform of the Jaguars and the Eaglesilluminates the carving that demonstrates the Toltec influence on the Maya of Chichen Itza.

One one wall there is a jaguar flanked on both sides by carvings of eagles. All three figures hold human hearts in their claws, corresponding somewhat to the accounts of human sacrifice that the Toltecs were believed to practice and brought with them to Chichen Itza.

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-- Chris Reeves