View from the North Acropolis of the Great Plaza of Tikal. 🔼
First pyramid you see is the west facing Temple 1 (Jaguar Temple), the second is east facing Temple 2 (Temple of Masks). Both built early 8th century and are 154ft and 138ft tall respectively. 🔼
Temple 1 is the burial pyramid for the 26th Ruler and Temple 2 is that of the wife of the 27th Ruler/mother of 28th. Although Mayans weren’t a #matriarchal society, #women often held very powerful and esteemed positions in #government, #religious and over-site capacities. 🤔
Makes one wonder what influence caused the usurpation of influence and subjugation women widely face in #patriarchal society...