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http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2013/08/07/maya-frieze-holmul/2625201/

The frieze was on one side of a staircase tomb that was inside a pyramid built by the later rulers of the site. Painted red, with details in blue, yellow and green, it depicts three men wearing bird headdresses and jade jewels seated cross-legged over the head of a mountain spirit. It is likely a depiction of the crowning of a new ruler at the site around the year 590, according to Estrada-Belli, whose team's effort was supported by National Geographic Society grants. "We did not have the details of the ceremonies to install a new king as we have here, until now," he says.


Why is it that I can only see this?



They might be crowning a new ruler, but he isnt the mountain spirit...
#2
Freud would like a word with you.
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Freud would like a word with you.

Probably nothing Freudian about it. Although it's hard to see if the depictions on the Mayan artifact actualy are phallic because someone's drawn all over it.
Phallic symbolism in architecture in the Mayan world, although it wasn't greatly used, certainly wasn't unknown. Uxmal (an ancient Maya city of the classical period) in particular has a considerable number of phallus-like architectural pieces.

Phallic items are an almost universal symbol of male potency, creation and birth and were very common in the ancient world on almost every continent. Birth seems to have been very important to ancient cultures, the first deity to be worshipped that we know of, back before civilisation existed and our ancestors were practicaly all nomadic hunter/gatherers, (about 30,000-40,000 years ago, back when Neanderthals still existed and even before humans had made it to the American continent) was the 'Mother Goddess', who was apparently worshipped all the way across Europe and into the Middle East and which almost every culture today has a modern day version of, and she seems to have been mainly about motherhood, fertility, creation and birth, so we really shouldn't be surprised to find male versions of practicaly the same thing in the ancient world.