I now give attention to the West Palace of the Quadrangle. This statue, executed from chiselled limestone, is of an élite male of either the priestly or ruling group at Uxmal. It dates from the Late Classic and would have stood either on the ground or the steps in front of the structure. The person is wearing a large pectoral ornament, clutches a faggot to his chest, while his penis has been pierced by two (stingray?) spines in an act of ritual bloodletting. In addition to pain and then inflammation, there is a high risk of toxins from the spine. Blood loss could lead to a physical state conducive to trances and visions. He may have imbibed alcohol or other substances prior to the event. This photograph is from the Site Museum at Dzibilchaltun.
Note: It is not generally realized that Uxmal, during the Late Classic, had recourse to its own small seaport facility on the Sound of Campeche at Huaymil or Uaymil, 75 kilometres to the southwest. This venue also serviced Chichen Itzá.
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