The museum organized the exhibition into seven sections: Creations, Day, Night, Rain, Corn, Knowledge and Patron Gods
The first major exhibition in the last decade in the USA on Mayan art opened a few days ago at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Life of the Gods features large and small sculptures that record the stories and stages in the lives of Mayan deities during the Classic Period (250 to 900 AD).
The museum organized the exhibition into seven sections: Creations, Day, Night, Rain, Corn, Knowledge and Patron Gods.
The exhibition includes a film documenting a religiously important ceremony, the ‘Dance of the Macao’. Its origins can be traced back to Santa Cruz, in the Verapaz province of Guatemala: young members of the community wear elaborate alica clothing and masks with hooked beaks, imitating the appearance of the macaw parrot. According to the museum, the dance illustrates “the origins of social institutions and the rationale for religious ceremonies, dedicated to earth and mountain deities.”
The exhibition ends on April 2, 2023.
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