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An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya
The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya is the first-ever English-language dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and religion. Nearly 300 entries, from accession to yoke, describe the main gods and symbols of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya, Teotihuacanos, Mixtecs, Toltecs, and Aztecs. Topics range from jaguar and jester gods to reptile eye and rubber, from creation accounts and sacred places to ritual practices such as bloodletting, confession, dance, and pilgrimage.
Catharsis is a type of emotional purging, so I wanted to use water to symbolize cleansing, and the reflections to show the emotions before and after. I like the way this one turned out, even though I don’t know if I conveyed the word well or not. Part of this project has unintentionally been learning to live with imperfection!