The Dwarf Magicians of the Maya and the Mysterious Aluxes that Still Haunt the Yucatan

When you enter the archaeological site of Uxmal in Mexico, you are immediately captivated by the first structure that you see: a gigantic, stepped pyramid called the “Pyramid of the Magician” or the “Pyramid of the Dwarf”, which towers 115 feet above the surrounding ruins. This pyramid, with a temple on top, has a distinctive rounded look because of its elliptical base, which sets it apart from the other pyramids of the Maya world. Like many Mayan monuments, the Pyramid of the Magician was superimposed over older structures. Four substructures have been identified, which were built in successive phases. The construction of the first pyramid temple began sometime in the 6th century CE, while the last level, when the temple was placed on top, dates from the 10th century CE.

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