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Mayapán: The Round Tower


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As Landa informs us in his Relación (1566), at Mayapán the followers of the Toltec ruler Cuculcán "built a round temple with four entrances, different from all others in the country."

The Round Tower at Mayapán, somewhat resembling the larger Caracol at Chichén Itzá, may also be associated with round structures used in central Mexico for the the worship of the wind god Ehecatl, known from the Late Preclassic and contact period Aztec culture.

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[Fig.1: Drawing by Catherwood of the  Round Tower at Mayapán (Stephens 1843).]

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