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I thought that the whole assignment sucked but the teacher thought I did good job Mayan Art Hundreds even thousands of years before the Spanish conquests of the Middle and South Americas huge empires of the Olmecs Incas Aztecs and Mayan people ruled over the land A lot is misunderstood about these early civilizations for example Mayan and Aztec art is often mistakenly call Olmec art The Olmecs were the earliest Indian culture of the Middle Americas Although the Olmec Empire can be traced back to as early as 3300 bc It thrived during the years from about 1000 bc to 200 bc The Aztec and Maya cultures came much later The piece of art I have chosen to do my report on is a statue or sculpture from the Mayan culture The Mayan people lived mainly in Middle America around the Yucatan peninsula from about 200 bc to 100 ad The statue seems to be a representation of a dog or a wolf This statue was most likely created for some religious purpose similar to the gargoyles on later Churches or even the Chinese dragon Gargoyles are supposed be so ugly and mean looking that they will drive away the evil spirits The same scenario is true to the Chinese dragon the dragon is supposed to be good luck so large and frightening that it will scare away any evil spirits Many references have been made to evil spirits in this report The reason for this is most early
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