Tulum Str 5, The Temple of the Diving GodTemple V

a rapid sketch by Stan Loten, exaggerating some of the properties of this small temple. Its interior and exterior surfaces were covered with mural paintings that resemble the codices from Central Mexico. The crookness is probably partly due to settlement over the centuries since its construction although some of it may be inherent in the original construction. The "Diving God" is a relief image directly over the doorway depicting an upside-down figure that may reflect mythology in which certain powers were considered to descend from the heavens to infuence human affairs, particularly crops.

The base rests on exposed bedrock rather than a horizontal plaza surface as is more common at other centres, particularly earlier ones.

This structure is Post Classic, perhaps 13th C. although the frescoes may be later fifteenth C work.


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