Upper frieze of the Temple of the Jaguars, southern end of the east platform of the court of the Game of Ball, 900-1100 AD, Toltec Architecture, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. There are eight jaguars on each of the four sides of the temple, a total of thirty two, of which sixteen are facing one way and sixteen the other. Every two jaguars represents animal strength. There is a circle containing sixteen dots which the animals are trying to break so as to keep the adept in a state of ignorance and unawareness. There is a bas-relief depicting a serpent with a head on each side. The temple was also used as the grandstand for the more important spectators. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Upper frieze of the Temple of the Jaguars, southern end of the east platform of the court of the Game of Ball, 900-1100 AD, Toltec Architecture, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. There are eight jaguars on each of the four sides of the temple, a total of thirty two, of which sixteen are facing one way and sixteen the other. Every two jaguars represents animal strength. There is a circle containing sixteen dots which the animals are trying to break so as to keep the adept in a state of ignorance...
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