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This picture shows a Mayan incense burner that has a face carved on it. It was made by the Maya people over 1200 years ago and was found in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.
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Museo de Sitio de Palenque “Dr. Alberto Ruz L’Huillier” – INAH, Mexico and the National Gallery of Art

Mars

Mayans were sophisticated observers of the sky. Mayans used their astronomical knowledge to predict future human events. They were aware of the movements of Mars.

In one of the ancient Mayan books, the Dresden Codex, Mars is represented by a series of pictures of a long-nosed beast shown descending to varying depths from a sky band. This sky band is the segmented body of a sky serpent that hangs over the scene.

Last modified January 23, 2004 by Lisa Gardiner.

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