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May 13, 2021

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More than 100 baby handprints have been found in a Mexican cave that was made about 1,200 years ago


More than 100 black and red handprints were discovered on the walls of a cave in Mexico, possibly created during ancient Maya rituals.

Archaeologists have said that most of the 137 prints were made by children about 1,200 years ago and believe they were part of a tradition when children entered puberty.

The cave, which is located near the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, is surrounded by great pyramid-like ruins and is located about 33 feet under the seba tree which is considered sacred to the Mayan beliefs.

Archaeologist Sergio Grosjian, who works at the site, said: ‘They printed their hands on the walls in black … which symbolizes death, but that does not mean that they will be killed, it is death from a ritual perspective. “.

“Then, these children wrote their hands in red, referring to war or life.”

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More than 100 black and red handprints were discovered on the walls of a cave in Mexico that may have been created during ancient Maya rituals. Archaeologists say most of the 137 prints were made by children about 1,200 years ago and believe they were part of the ritual of coming to age when children entered puberty.

Maya rites of passage are held rituals for both boys and girls.

For girls from the tribe, they will receive a shell around their waist that indicates the appropriate age for childbirth.

However, the boys went on their first hunt and performed bloodletting rituals to confirm that they could be considered men in their culture.

After completing the ritual, they got a white pill in their hair, and lived in a separate place known as the “home of unmarried men” until marriage.

Experts say the black prints represent death while the red symbolizes life or war, as the boys are now old enough to hunt and fight.

Experts say the black prints represent death while the red symbolizes life or war, as the boys are now old enough to hunt and fight.

The cave, which is located near the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, is surrounded by great pyramid-like ruins and is located about 33 feet under the seba tree which is considered sacred to the Mayan beliefs.

The cave, which is located near the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, is surrounded by great pyramid-like ruins and is located about 33 feet under the seba tree which is considered sacred to the Mayan beliefs.

Experts haven’t discovered the handprints in the cave yet, but Grogan argues that since most of them are children, the prints had to be made during the rites of coming of age.

Besides handprints, archaeologists have found a carved face and six painted carvings, dating from between 800 and 1000 AD, a time when severe droughts struck the area and may have contributed to the classic Maya’s sudden desertion of major cities.

While the first Maya settlements date back nearly 4,000 years, there were still large centers when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the early 16th century.

And the experts are still discovering hidden wonders.

In June 2020, archaeologists discovered a 3,000-year-old Maya temple, making it the oldest and largest monument in ancient civilization.

The temple site was discovered in Tabasco, Mexico by an international team of archaeologists led by the University of Arizona during an expedition in 2017.

Experts haven't discovered the handprints in the cave yet, but Grogan argues that since most of them were children, the prints had to be made during the rituals of coming of age.

Experts haven’t discovered the handprints in the cave yet, but Grogan argues that since most of them were children, the prints had to be made during the rituals of coming of age.

While the first Maya settlements date back nearly 4,000 years, there were still large centers when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the early 16th century.  And the experts are still discovering hidden wonders.  In June 2020, archaeologists discovered a 3,000-year-old Maya temple, making it the oldest and largest monument in ancient civilization.

While the first Maya settlements date back nearly 4,000 years, there were still large centers when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the early 16th century. And the experts are still discovering hidden wonders. In June 2020, archaeologists discovered a 3,000-year-old Maya temple, making it the oldest and largest monument in ancient civilization.

The site, called Aquada Fénix, is 4,600 feet tall and reaches 50 feet high, making it larger than the Mayan pyramids and palaces of later ages.

It was built between 800 BC and 1000 BC, according to the team behind the discovery.

One of the highlights of the discovery was the complete lack of stone carvings relating to rulers and elites, such as colossal heads and thrones, which are commonly seen in other Maya temples.

This indicates that the people who built it were more equal than the later generations of the Maya.

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