The Labyrinth

Yaxchilan: The Labyrinth [January 3, 2004]

"Maler had camped in the structure (number 19) and named it the Labyrinth. The walk through the dark and ingeniously twisted interior replicated the soul's descent to the Otherworld at death, or in the throes of sensory derangement (to which Yaxchilan stood as a singular monument), and its resurrection. It recalled the Hero Twins' descent to Xibalba in the Popol Vuh, their triumph by guile and imagination over the Lords of Death, and their subsequent rebirth."

Christopher Shaw, Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip with the Gods, p. 272