The doors are shaped like a tau so as to allow only one person to go through (Lúxan 1602, 73-74). The pueblo with T-shaped doors that Lúxan described
Nissa Gadbois wrote:I don't know. I like the cold air/hot air hypothesis. But I'm seeing that it also allows the legs in at the bottom, but enough room for the torso to also carry objects in and out. Kind of a human Tetris thing.
Jordan Holland wrote:
It could prevent many larger animals from entering.
Amy Gardener wrote:Casa Rinconada in Chaco Canyon:
This room can accommodate hundreds of people. [...]
I wasted 59 minutes watching that video. There should be close-ups of the aperture. I want to see the wear marks, scrapes and bumps. I want to see a human traversing the door. I want to see what the inhabitants were wearing what might require such an odd shape for a doorway. I want to to see the ceiling. Fires will leave soot marks. I want to see hieroglyphics that might indicate the use of those T-doors.
I found nothing helpful in that video. It almost seems like they are hiding this from further scrutiny.
It is important for grasping the significance of the 'Ik’ to understand the wind and rain -- and, by extension, the connection between rain, the god of rain, Chaak (also Romanized “Chac”, and known as Tlaloc to the Aztecs) and wind. For example, in the traditional religion of the modern Yucatec Maya people, which has strong roots in the religion of the ancient Maya, a prayer intended to summon rain states this inexorable connection explicitly:
"I also commend this food to the winds who come for the first time and for the wind that spies from behind the stones, without forgetting the great winds that emerge from caves. Lord, Chaak [sic], we call on all the rain gods, the lords of these winds. I offer this food to you. I also ask that the lords of the wind move the clouds so that they may water the milpas [i.e., cornfields] of their children" (Cámara and Preuss 1990, 130-144)
Peter Ellis wrote:Knowing the timeline could help us know whether the small T openings were reflections of the large T openings and also symbolic rather than a primarily functional design.