Let this writer take a moment to assist the reader with an understanding of the impact of the above photos. Let us take one more look at the side photo of Chichen – Itza during the Equinox. The main temple at Chichen – Itza is called Kukulkan. Kukulkan is a feathered snake god who is liken unto Quetzalcoatl. The pyramid dedicated to him was designed as a calendar. The four-sided pyramid has staircases on each face, each of which has 91 steps. Combined with the platform, this totals to 365 days of the solar year. Kukulkan is said to be comprised of 18 terraces on each side of the stairways, equating to the number of months in the Mayan religious calendar. Perpendicular to the terraces are the 52 vertical panels, representing the 52-year cycle of the solar and religious calendars. El Castillo is built on top of a smaller, earlier pyramid. Up until 1999 it was possible to climb El Castillo and go inside. On the northern side a small passageway leads inside to sacrificial altar – a red jaguar. The jaguar originally had jade eyes and teeth, but after they were stolen by visitors it is no longer accessible.
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