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Near the gateway rises maining temple. Though a traditional Labna's only it re- crowned by is ornamented roof comb, seen here in profile, the far a This as a corbeled type, was used by the Maya on exemplifies most imposing feature mound it rests on is lower and gentler than the steep-sided pyramids of the rain forest— as though its builders no longer felt the need to boost their shrines above the jungle trees. r"^ra8ft o> ^? 4 i:> m^. 1^* "^-—-iT? -^*i ^'W^k^^ ES'ffi'i "^^^ ^^,<^f^^' HMV ? GEOMETRIC HARMONIES of a Iwt^e stone frieze adorn the Palace of the Governor, which extends 320 feet atof, its stepped base.
Although the name Chichimec means Sons of the Dog in the Aztec language, to be derogatory; it it was not intended simply signified that the in- vaders were nomads. Even in this sense, however, the name was inaccurate. mere hunter-gatherers; have been too few if The Chichimecs were not they had been they would to be dangerous. Like the crude Germanic tribesmen who overwhelmed the Roman Empire in the Fifth Century, they had enough agriculture Remains of to support considerable their populations. farming settlements have been traced deep into the wild mountains and deserts of northern Mexico.
Priests steps to a temple at the peak. more than 300 years Although the Maya civiHzation flowered mainly in Guatemala and Yucatan, it was strongly influenced by the culture of Teo- tihuacan in central Mexico. est city in the Once the larg- Americas, Teotihuacan had about 50,000 inhabitants be houses and worshiped pyramids, which still who at lived in ado- massive stone dominate the land- scape 30 miles north of Mexico City. From A PRECIPITOUS STAIRCASE, Hanked by stone snake heads, ascends the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the ancient Mexicans' serpent god.