Worship of the Sun and its influence on Mayan architecture

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Abstract

The use of light and the large scale of the exterior spaces are the two factors that mostly shape Mayan architecture. How such spaces are organized and perceived is of main interest for the development of this paper. The Maya made remarkable use of the sun's angle of incidence, as in tropical latitudes, the smallest projection is actually responsible for quite deep shadows. The use of contrast is deeply explored by the smooth walls as well as endless decoration, as it is clear that the Maya gained their effects mostly by association and contrast. Between the huge facades, their generous proportions radiant in the sunlight, and the tiny, dark, almost oppressive interior spaces, it is established a dialectic of architectural symbolism. Without doubt, a heritage of beauty, light and balance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Solar World Congress 2005
Subtitle of host publicationBringing Water to the World, Including Proceedings of 34th ASES Annual Conference and Proceedings of 30th National Passive Solar Conference
Pages2538-2541
Number of pages4
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventSolar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including 34th ASES Annual Conference and 30th National Passive Solar Conference - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 6 Aug 200512 Aug 2005

Conference

ConferenceSolar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including 34th ASES Annual Conference and 30th National Passive Solar Conference
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period6/08/0512/08/05

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