Maya Sweatbath in Guatemala Contains Child Remains

October 24, 2020

Archaeologists working at the Maya Site of Xultun in Guatemala working at the site of a sweat bath there uncovered a trove of bones and tools. The sweat bath is called Los Sapos, the embodiment of a toad-like Maya Goddess linked to the cycle of birth and creation. The archaeologists working there are from the Smithsonian Tropical Institute (STRI) and the Archaeology Program at Boston University.

The sweat bath dates to 250-550 CE. A detailed representation of “ix.tzuz.sak,” the Maya Goddess, is shown in squatting position with legs decorated like iguanas and cane toads. The reptilian goddess is here expressed as a physical space.

Uncovered at the new excavation are the remains of child, puppy, birds, toads, iguanas and other young animals. The goddess was seen as one who could take revenge if displeased. The offerings were an attempt to appease her for their survival. has the story here with photos:

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