Circles, Triangles and Squares: Sacred Symbols in the Mayan Culture

Petterson, Rune
October 1998
Journal of Visual Literacy;Autumn98, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p137
Academic Journal
The circle and the triangle, as well as the square, are shapes that have been natural to man for a very long time. There have always been circles and triangles in our natural environment, and they have already been used as important symbols in prehistoric cultures. This paper presents the use of circles, triangles, and squares as sacred symbols in the old Mayan civilization. The paper also presents one of the oldest forms of mediated communication through moving images, the "moving picture" in Chichén Itzá, Mexico.


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