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Landscapes of the ItzaArchaeology and Art History at Chichen Itza and Neighboring Sites$
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Linnea Wren, Cynthia Kristan-Graham, Travis Nygard, and Kaylee Spencer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054964

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054964.001.0001

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The Osario of Chichen Itza

The Osario of Chichen Itza

Where Warriors Danced in Paradise

(p.198) 7 The Osario of Chichen Itza
Landscapes of the Itza

Annabeth Headrick

University Press of Florida

This chapter analyzes the Osario, also called the High Priest’s Grave, by combining early-twentieth-century explorations with recent INAH excavations. A radial temple that parallels the Castillo in some aspects, the Osario is coeval in date with the Temple of the Warriors. The author proposes that the Osario was a representation of Flower Mountain, a place of abundance, home of the gods and ancestors, and an afterlife abode where warriors were rewarded for their heroic lives and contributions to trade and economic prosperity. The chapter further suggests that the cave under the temple served as the final repository for the remains of warriors, who underwent cremation similar to traditions of central Mexico.

Keywords:   Cremation, Central Mexico, Flower Mountain, Temple of the Warriors

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