At the edge of the world: Caves and Late Classic Maya world by Karen Bassie-Sweet

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And they say that under the water, what there is is another place. Like here. And they say that that place there is füled with aU the people caUed evÜ"(Fóught 1972:371). 20 AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD In a modem Yucatán prayer the edge of the world is described as a beach:''Bless me at the right hand of the beach, at the right hand where it thunders, at the right hand, at the eastem source of the sky [horizon]" (Sosa 1985:323). The Ritual of the Bacabs incantations make reference to the directions: the north shore,the north estuary west shoie,the west estuary the south shore,the south estuary(Roys 1965:26-28).

Villacorta and C. A. 0 ^ — - C_ Iir>l8 •m iihii i W/W' 0 Figure 9. Dresden New Year page 28 (drawing by J. A. Villacorta and C. A. In various Maya ]ffngiiagpQ Mam has the meaning grandfather,^ther,únele, or older male relative. The opossum actors are piobably associated with the founding ancestois (the fitst father/grandfathers of the lineage) who in Quiche mythology carried their patrón deities in backpacks and placed them at the borders of the commiinity. In the second scene the timefiame moves forward one day to the first day of the New Year.

As a title, this compound is composed of the hand-scattering drops, an ohciu "lord" sign, and a main sign specific to the inscriptions of a particular area. " In several inscriptions the emblem glyph is used as a specific place ñame (Stuart and Houston in press). ^^ The mythological locations called Matawil and Na Ho Chan are used as emblem glyphs in the ñame phrases of deities. In the case of Níata'wil, it is clear that this location is a place of origin (see chapter 3, note 2). Emblem glyphs desígnate a specific location associated with the sides of the world and a place of origin, surely the sénior ancestral cave (see chapter 6).

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