WVK Posted June 10, 2019 #1 Share Posted June 10, 2019 The following is a list of structures and the acoustical phenomena associated with each. I have not visited all structures so there may be more to add to this list. El Caracol 1) sound projection from portals in rotunda (6) El Castillo: 1) Quetzal stair echo (quetzal was sacred to the Maya) (1) 2) Raindrop falling in a bucket filled with water (1) Chac A Mayan rain god. Long, hook-nosed masks showing Chac appear on many Chichén Itzá structures. (including El Castillo) 3) Sound projection from top (2) Great Ballcourt Acoustics (3) 1) Slap echo (4) 2) Whispering gallery (5) (8) Temple of the Warriors 1) quetzal chirp from stairs (7) 2) rattlesnake sound from colonnade (7) (8) ------------------------------------ References 1. "A theoretical study of special acoustic effects caused by the staircase of the El Castillo pyramid at the Maya ruins of Chichen-Itza in Mexico" https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a7d2/8e9f306cb809ca97ae82544822ccc3338825.pdf 2) Pyramids and Basements "Among Mesoamerican pre-Columbian buildings there are a series of sound effects which resemble some particular sounds that can be related to the religion or political affairs.:.)" http://acoustics.org/pressroom/httpdocs/160th/beristain.htm 3) "Special article on the acoustics of Chichen Itzá' https://www.acusticaweb.com/acustica-arquitectonica/blog/acca-arquitecta/artlo-especial-sobre-la-acca-de-chichen-itz.html 4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX_dyirChQY 5) Soundtrack for the Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza http://acoustics.org/pressroom/httpdocs/152nd/lubman.html 6) Witnessed by Lubman and Van Kirk 1992 http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/chichen/chichen-33.gif 7) Witnessed by Van Kirk 1992 Notes: Quetzal/rattlesnakes sound was result of a handclap in front of the Temple of the Warriors. https://i0.wp.com/www.mexicoarcheology.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Plaza-of-a-Thousand-Columns.jpg 8) The quetzal/rattlesnake effect can also be heard from El Castillo here. The snake sound is poorly recorded. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyEB7Ao-0FY At he top of the stars TOTW are: "Serpent columns, 'Temple of the Warriors', Chichen Itza, . Guarding the entrance to the temple, this column probably represents Kukulcan (the Mayan equivalent of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent). https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-serpent-column-temple-of-the-warriors-chichen-itza-yucatan-mexico-28348968.html also called "Feathered rattlesnake piers": http://ancientamericas.org/es/node/5216 WVK 1 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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