November 25 2015 Presentation

November 25, 2015 at 8 pm

Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus

Room K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13)

The Rescheduled! IMS Explorer Session, Gods, Legends and Rituals Series


Sacred Mountains and Monster Masks: Portals to the Underworld, with IMS President Rick Slazyk, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C


Pyramids and temples were often decorated by the Maya with Witz (Maya for mountain) Monsters to define them as sacred mountains. These symbolic monster mask portals were viewed by the Maya as a path to the Underworld. We explore these portals and their abstract architectural representations.

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(Left) The Codz Poop or “Palace of the Masks”, at Kabah has its façade decorated with hundreds of stone masks of the long-nosed rain god Chaak, that surround four excellent surviving portal doorways. The constructive elements of this building are a very fine example of the Puuc architectural style. Photo by Rick Slazyk.




The Institute of Maya Studies "A Community Partner of the Miami Dade College"

•  This meetings will be at 

Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus

11011 SW 104 Street

Miami, FL 33176


Room K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13)

Maya Hotline: 305-279-8110


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