Two months in Mexico travel blog

sign map for Ek Balam

sign for the sacbe road

El Balam is surrounded by a couple of defensive walls, the path...

second part of sign for walls

sign for walls around the site

looking over the walls to the arch building that served as a...

directly to the right of the arch station is a round building...

the arch building at the end of the road Welcome to the...

the corner of the back of the double temple, I walked around...

left side in corner of double temple, middle is the observatory and...

another shot of the arched building, has four doors and steps up...

space between the walls of the double temple and the observatory building...

in the plaza in front of the double temple, steps go up...

sign for the double temple

stella directly across the plaza from the double temple

steps in front of the observatory building, has rooms underneath it

These temple form the south plaza area

only part left of this stella

there are some images on this stella, but can't get close enough...

looking from the top of the observatory building across the trees to...

from the top of the observatory looking at the arch building and...

looking at the top of the double temple from the top of...

standing on the platform on the observatory temple looking at an unexplored...

still on the observatory platform looking further to the right, part of...

on top of the observatory platform in this open bricked area right...

sign more more of the wall system

wall only has steps to it on the inside of the plaza

sign for temple next to the wall system

sign detail of the temple platform and steps. has two small platforms...

corner of temple platform wall. slanted wall line and huge flat stones...

on top of temple with stella platform in front and remains of...

looking at small left side platform and the small temple on top...

looking over the edge at the wall line of the temple and...

sign for wall system that connects to each side of the temple

part of the wall that connects to the back of the temple

trough found were it lays

cistern well hole. pretty large

another cistern hole

corner of main acropolis. Teired brick work

design on lower corner of building

sign for unexplored structure next to main acropolis

this thing is huge. about the size of the main acropolis

looking toward main acropolis. Bottom part has large rooms all along the...

middle section of the main acropolis with roofs covering the stucco frescos

more of right side of acropolis

rooms to the far side of the acropolis building

frescos on the lower section under roof

close up

lower portion of fresco area

right lower level and the roofed frescos

trying to get a view under the roof line

more detail of the upper part of same section

going up to the higher level of frescos

room on the way up, gated off

oh, my gosh. what a deal. Too big for one full shot.,...

on right of frescoed area.

Divine Kings with wings

one of the seven divine kings of Ek Balam

close up of king

above earth monster/jaguar face sits another king

working across the face to the left side. Another king sits above...

close up of lower jaw and teeth

below lower jaw

detail on right side of mouth

left side of jaw and below it

left corner with steps to inside mouth shows layer of stucco on...

detail of left side of mouth

continuing up the left side with king at top

view from fresco on top of acropolis looking at double temple and...

looking from the same place to the left at the unexplored temple...

looking from corner of acropolis where frescos are down into an inner...

more of inner plaza this is on top of the rooms on...

looking from the corner of the acropolis back to the face fresco

more detail in side of mouth section

on top of upper jaw, is this middle section of teeth

more of left side of face

once again

more of right side, couldn't get enough

close up of god sitting on top of jaguar face

on the right but it was closed off

view from very top of acrpolis steps.

bench inside one of the lower rooms

side of acropolis building with columns. above is the inner plaza area....

unexplored temple sign

side of wall in unexplored second temple next to the acropolis

the front of the unexplored temple

cistern well for catching rain water.

looking down into the center of the cistern. must be capping stone

stella, what side is up?

detail of front of lower part of acropolis wall

detail of stone work and indented designed areas

must be a shrine

in back of shrine, is platform in middle of plaza in front...

part of small platform area

walking across the plaza to the south side toward the double temple

on right side is the ball court

first ball court I have seen with a room under the ball...

he room under the ball court, notice the columned roof line and...

climbed up the back steps of the ball court building for this...

behind ball court is another group of temple steps

on way out passing by the double temple, view between top part...


Ek Balam site: (meaning black or dark jaguar)

The next morning I took off to see my next ancient site of Ek Balam. It was only a couple of miles away. After I drove in the parking lot, I parked close to the entrance building to get some shade of the few trees available. There were several men on the porch and wanted to know if I wanted a guide. Thanks, but no. I wanted to take my time and poke around.

The site was down a path that also had fairly decent trees shading it. It was a hot day and the shade sure was a valuable commodity. After passing through several low walls I was greeted by the arched building. It was the perfect example of the 'end of the road depot house', or the 'welcome to Ek Balam' arch. I could just see the road stopping at the arch building and people going through the arch and down the steps into the city. It was beautifully reconstructed. I climbed the building that had rounded corners and could see most of the site from the top. It was grand and beautiful. Ek Balam was a wonderful site only about 1% explored. The stucco reliefs were well preserved as they were all covered with protective roofs to save them from the elements. After climbing down to the plaza I made my way around the perimeter of the site beyond the backside of the temple that hasn't been excavated as of yet. I found a trail that lead off into the bushes and after walking it for a short ways; I ended up in a field whose crop was already harvested. There were signs that workmen had used the bush area to rest and eat in, as it was trashy with paper litter. I knew there wasn't going to be any great finds there, so I made my way back into the site and found myself at the corner of the big temple. The rooms on the first floor ran the whole length of the temple, with huge doors entering each one. In a couple were huge stone benches. In the middle the temple a staircase ascended to the upper levels. That would be where the 'angels' would be located. When I reached the top of the steep steps I found myself on the platform with the most amazing stucco workmanship that would not be equaled at any other site. It was beautiful. The Earth Monster mouth supported the statues of the kings of Ek Balam. They did have wings, but not angel wings. The wings were an expression done in metaphor showing each king had divine right to King-God ship and was directly connected to the Heavenly Cosmos. There were once 7 kings, but two are missing. Each King was in the family lineage of rulers that ruled the ancient city of Ek Balam. The same expression of Divine Kingship is shown at the site of Kabah, with the two kings statues mounted on the back of the Codz Poop temple. The wings they had were etched in the stone. (See picture in the entry on Kabah). By the way, the Earth Monster mouth also is a metaphoric symbol of entering the underworld, or the entrance to the heavenly cosmos to become in touch with the ancestors and gods that resided at Galactic Center of the Milky Way.

The pictures for the rest of the site speak for themselves. I really enjoyed the visit and slowly made my way back by way of the ball court and out the arch to my home away from home for a few days at Genesis Retreat. More later, Gay

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