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An Exotic Flower Shown as a Mayan Headdress

The unique flower of the pseudobombax tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum) was the inspiration for a headdress…

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The Sacred Ceiba Tree as Art

The ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra) was believed by the Mayan to stand at earth’s center….

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Mayan Art Depicts Natural Plants

The Mayan people were certainly great botanists and artists. They used the images of the…

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The Destruction of Mayan Written Records

Why are there so few Mayan records? Because they were intentionally destroyed. Against instructions from…

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The Codices: Mayan Written Records

The written record of the Mayan people is called a codex. The Mayans made their…

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The Gumbo Limbo Tree and Its Cousin

The gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) is from the same family as our frankincense varieties:…

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