Temple of the Descending God, Tulum
I don't what the actual name of this structure is but I do know what makes it unique. Inside of the building is a mural that depicts a reference to a "Descending God", which is unusual for the Mayan's as they generally believed that their pagan God's stayed in the heavens. There isn't a specific explanation for what this mural actual means or the exact significance of the "Descending God" reference but it something to be aware of as its the only mural of its kind. Additionally this structure is lined up directly with the main temple in Tulum and during a specific time of the year, usually around the harvest season the sun would shine in a perfect line between the windows of the two buildings.
The temple of the descending god is a small temple but possibly the most important one in Tulum. Its importance comes from the fact that it has a bizarre stucco relief decoration on the western doorway.
This decoration represents the Diving or Descending God - a similar representation is also found at Coba. it is that of a deity represented head downt is thought to represent the bee god Ah Muzencab. Tulum, it appears, was the main centre of adoration of this God.
The little temple is also adorned with images of sun, rain, and snakes. Seashells are found in the walls, too.
The Temple of the Descending God is to the left of El Castillo when looking out to sea. Above the door of the temple is a stucco relief of a figure prevalent at Tulúm, the upside-down winged god that also shows bee-like features. The resemblance to a bee signifies the importance of honey to the Mayans.
This is a close up on the facade ,top of the entrance of the Temple of the Descending God .
It is an upside down stucco figure of a winged God .
The Mayan's were very serious worshopping
their God's ,rain God Sun God and others.
The Temple of the Descending God That is what this building has been named
The roof has 3 parts and over the doorway is a painted stucco figure that seems to be coming downwards ,and it is called the Winged God ,it is believed that a God was descending from the skies.
There were rain Gods and Sun Gods .
They did believe in their Gods a lot looks like .
To the right of El Castillo, on the north side, is the Temple of the Descending God or TEMPLO DEL DIOS DESCENDENTE.
The temple stands on a flat stone structure which serves as a base. A crumbling staircase leads up to the temple, that has a single chamber.
When you stand in front of El Castillo and turn left, you can see the Temple of the descending God. Above the entrance you can see a small, upside-down figure carved in stone. The archeologist are not sure of the meaning of this God. Some say he represents rain or lightning, others say it's a symbol of the sun going down and some say he might have been the Bee God as honey were important to the Mayas.
This temple is named for the relief figure over the door (see the next tip for a photo). It was constructed on top of another. Neither the walls nor the door is a straight vertical line because of this.
This temple (Temple of the descending God) stands on the left side of El Castillo, and it's so much smaller. Archaeologists haven't yet figured out what its significance - probably represents the sunset, the rain, the lightning or even the Bee God. Its architecture is so simple - a single room on top of a platform. There is a sign on top of the door, an upside-down figure, which some believe is Venus.
Over the doorway of the Templo Del Dios Descendente, there is a figure of the winged god who appears to be descending from the sky. This figure appears in many Mayan structures.
Heading south from the Casa del Cenote you will come upon the Templo del Dios del Viento (Temple of the Wind God). It is built over a circular platform which is associated with the Wind God Kukulkan.