Ikil "Place of the Wind"
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Ikil "Place of the Wind", I would rate this site as 3 star "recommended" if I could guarantee it was not overgrown. There is a significant amount of carved stones scattered over this site. I have found two underground plastered chultuns (water Storage vessels). There are hundreds of pottery shards scattered on the ground. All of this cannot be seen if the site is overgrown. Ikil, a small Post-Classic Maya site 4 miles south of Yaxcaba and 13 miles east of Chichen Itza at latitude 20.6667 and longitude -88.55. The main structure is a steep, 80 feet tall, three tiered, pyramid platform with staircases on all four sides. It has vaulted corridors and two interior chambers. There is a glyph lintel in each chambers and a tenoned stone ring in the east chamber.
This site is the source of a book of Chilam Balam. The Mayan Chilam Balam books are period manuscripts named after Yucatec towns such as Chumayel, Mani, Ikil and Tizimin, that usually consist of texts in which Mayan and Spanish traditions have melted together. The Yucatec Mayas attributed these texts to a legendary author called Chilam Balam. A Chilam is a priest who gives prophecies. Some of the texts contain prophecies about the coming of the Spaniards to Yucatan while mentioning a Chilam Balam as its first author.
The Chilam Balam texts consist chiefly of history of both pre-Spanish and colonial, calendars, astrology and herbal medicine.