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Chichen Itza and the surrounding region had no rivers above the ground, but the city had access to water deep below the earth, which in part accounted for its wealth and strategic power.
Such thoughts were far from the minds on Friday of gaudily attired pilgrims to Chichen Itza seeking spiritual release.
Wherever else they may dwell, they live on in idealized images on souvenirs at Chichen Itza.
Indeed, given the relative isolation of settlements in eastern Yucatan until the construction of the highway between Cancun and Chichen Itza in the 1970's, one could advance the thesis that the area was not fully under the influence of the Mexican nation-state until a much later date (Burns, "Pan-Maya" 378).
Kokino Observatory proudly takes the forth place on the Ancient Observatory Sites' list:1)Abu Simbel, Egypt; 2) Stonehenge, Great Britain; 3) Angkor Wat, Cambodia; 4) Kokino Observatory, Macedonia; 5) Goeck, Germany; 6) Big Horn Medicine Wheel, Mont; 7) Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; 8) Chichen Itza, Mexico; 9) Machu Picchu, Peru; 10) Hovenweep Castle, Utah; 11) New Grange, Ireland; 12) Templo Major, Mexico; 13) Armenian Stonehenge, Aremenia; 14) Luoyang Observatory, China; 15) Masuda Iwafune, China.
Not only have these underground waters sustained classic Mayan cities like Tulum and Chichen Itza, but they supply freshwater both to inhabitants and to more than 10 million annual visitors.
Before plucking the hearts from humans and tossing the bodies into the sacred cenote, the sacrificial well, the Maya of Chichen Itza painted their offerings blue--Maya blue.
He offers to drive them to Chechen Itza early the next morning.
Itza Knitterie owner Maritsa Sasaki learned the craft at Needle in a Haystack in Montrose before setting up shop a year ago with her husband, Donald.
The history of this architectural complex, whose name means "at the mouth of the Itza well," inspires a sense of wonder worthy of the name given to its early inhabitants: "water sorcerers.
The new Seven Wonders include the Great Wall of China; India's Taj Mahal; the centuries-old pink ruins of Petra in Jordan; the Colosseum in Rome; the statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro; the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru; and the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico.
What does Petra in Jordan or Chichen Itza in Mexico have to do with Unilever's global expansion plans?
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