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Cenote in Yucatan, Mexico. Source: Angiolo / Adobe Stock.

Exploring the Dark Depths: Mystery of the “Evil” Maya Sinkhole (Video)


Deep in the Yucatan jungle, near the ancient city of Mayapán in Mexico's Yucatán peninsula lies a cenote, a natural sinkhole, that has long been shrouded in mystery and superstition. It is a place where locals dare not venture, as they believe it to be haunted by malevolent forces. But for a team of archaeologists, this cenote holds more than just fear - it holds clues to the ancient Maya civilization that once thrived in the region.

The team discovered a hidden underwater tunnel leading to a massive cavern filled with human remains. Among them were numerous skulls and other bones, suggesting that this cenote was a sacred site, believed to be a gateway to the Mayan underworld, where the Maya performed religious rituals and buried their dead. This discovery sheds new light on the significance of cenotes in Maya culture and raises intriguing questions about the social hierarchy and religious practices of this mysterious civilization.

Top image: Cenote in Yucatan, Mexico. Source: Angiolo / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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