During the Spanish colonization of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula – which is home to places like Tulum in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, as well as Cancun and other expat havens like Merida and Campeche – Mayan traditions have recently been found to have greatly influenced the architecture of the 1500’s, according to new evidence discovered by Teobaldo Ramirez Barbosa, who recently wrote his doctoral thesis on the subject.
“A University of Gothenburg student working on his doctoral thesis in archaeology made this discovery by comparing early Spanish colonial churches and Maya dwellings built on the Yucatan Peninsula, ” wrote Headlines & Global News.
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Although Christian religion and the general tenets of the Spanish monarchy had a major influence on shaping the early so-called “civilized” society of the Yucatan Peninsula and Mexico’s Riviera Maya, it appears the relationship between the Spaniards and the Mayans was not as unilateral as it once seemed.
“In his thesis, Barbosa concludes that the influence Mayans had on Spanish settlers can be interpreted as hybridity, or what he defines as the combination of two different traditions that yields something new, ” wrote Headlines & Global News.
According to Barbosa’s discoveries, the colonial churches and chapels represented the Spaniards’ authority in the form of buildings and architecture. This was just another way the European conquerors attempted to control Mayan society and they used the buildings to further their ultimate goal of converting the Mayas to Christianity and colonizing all of Mexico.
“The Mayas have used the same building materials since pre-Hispanic times, ” Barbosa stated. “My results show that their tradition of using masonry, wattle and daub, stucco and ramada roofs, as well as semi-circular, circular and square-shaped buildings, can be discerned in some Spanish churches.”
The entire conquest of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is remembered in history as one of the most daunting endeavors of the entire Spanish colonization effort. Still, by 1546 much of the northern part of the peninsula had given way to Spanish rule and the city of Merida, which was founded in 1542, served as the Spanish capitol in the region.
“These finds open up for new surveys and excavations in the area and how the Mayas adapted to the new situation by fleeing from the congregation regime, ” concluded Barbosa.
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