This Tree of Life creation theme is found in many areas. The influence of the Catholic Spaniards is quite noticeable in buildings as well as artwork.
The most significant "contribution" the Spanish made to the Maya culture was their burning of all but 4 of their books. Of the four remaining volumes, none are in Mexico. One is in New York, one in Germany, another is in Japan and the final one is either in Spain or South America (I forget which). This atrocity was justified on the grounds that the Mayan deity was really Satan (Kulkulcan, the snake god, source of light and life). We have lost so much... from the ancient libraries of Alexandria, to the Mayan scientific records of mathematical calculations, and the burnings of the Third Reich. And we call ourselves civilized?
Last updated Sunday, March 25, 2001 by Kali