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Portion of mural from Structure 1 Room 1 at Bonampak, showing a dance ritual

The Murals of Bonampak are the finest mural paintings so far found in Middle America

Bonampak's unique importance comes from the vivid portrayal of Classic-era court life in its murals, considered to be the finest mural paintings so far found in Middle America.

However, their discovery also caused huge controversy among Mayan experts since the murals clearly depicted war, torture and bloody rituals at a time when it was believed the Maya were a peace loving people.