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October 07, 2009

Metonymy

Long suspected from the example of Chichen Itza's El Castillo, the Moon Pyramid's second example at Teotihuacan now suggests Mayan architects intended visiting footsteps to sound like raindrops.

Sit on the steps of Mexico's El Castillo pyramid in Chichen Itza and you may hear a confusing sound. As other visitors climb the colossal staircase their footsteps begin to sound like raindrops falling into a bucket of water as they near the top. Were the Mayan temple builders trying to communicate with their gods?

The discovery of the raindrop "music" in another pyramid suggests that at least some of Mexico's pyramids were deliberately built for this purpose. Some of the structures consist of a combination of steps and platforms, while others, like El Castillo, resemble the more even-stepped Egyptian pyramids.

A minor quibble: While El Castillo is a Post Classic period Mayan construction, it is not clear what language was spoken at Teotihuacan. What is certain is that the Pyramid of the Moon predates El Castillo by centuries and that, if there is a direct relationship, it is Chichen Itza that owes the debt of influence.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 7, 2009 08:47 AM