by Tigerkitti Eberdene
Well I have been on quite the adventure!
I was fortunate to spend some time with Amaranthim Talon, and her partner Hairy Thor, being escorted back in time.
Amaranthim explained much of what I was seeing to me, with a passion for her work that shows through her words.
This land is absolutely amazing, and quite educational as well. The work has been done true to what history has told us about the Mayans. The research that has been done to ensure accuracy is without a doubt one of the most extensively researched builds I have encountered.
The name of this land is Tun Il Ha, which means Stone Place By The water in ancient Maya.
In Amara's own words, she describes how this place has come to be as this.
A long time ago in InWolrdz for one reason or another, I made a Mayan pyramid. It was unintentional I think- I was playing with shapes in Blender. I can't recall the name now but will look it up next time am there. I had purchased at some point this magnificent Aztec Ruin from a very talented creator in IW- I had a nice jungle scene there with critters from John Mahogany.
When I left IW, I missed that, and here in GCG we were so fortunate that we could afford all our wished for indulgences. So I imported my pyramid and it all grew from there.
I have now been studying the Mayan culture for about three or four years. I have amassed literature, attended lectures, joined groups- etc- I am attempting to create a virtual Mayan village that is as authentic as I can make it.
There is still a long way to go- I need to install the plumbing!! But this is a going concern sort of thing and so far, I am very proud of what I have managed to accomplish.
I have learned so much- both about the culture and the history of the people and as well garnered skills to be employed in virtual worlds.
For example, I have learned how to make PEOPLE - I started the people here with freebies then used Eloh skins to start but changed them into more racially appropriate Mayans - scaled to fit our virtual perceptions of course- I am not really 7 feet tall in RL either ;)
At many of the areas there, you can touch to receive note cards that explain in detail what is going on. I thought to put that information here, but in doing so, I believe you will miss out on actually seeing for yourself.
From agriculture, to how the Mayans lived day to day, it is all there. Temples with amazing art work are there to walk through and see. There is one amazing piece of real life art there that Amaranthim got special permission to display on her land. She has thought of it all!
When you walk through, you can see and hear the many types of animals roaming the land. As well, if you listen closely, even the ghosts of the past at the pyramid echo all around you.
The people who grace this land are dressed true to the past, and grace us with a true image of what the Mayan people were all about.
I urge everyone to go and visit this land! It is well worth the time, and truly is a work of art, and that is coming from the heart.
Amaranthim and Hairy, Your build is one that I am very pleased to have visited, and I am sure I will again. One trip may not be enough to truly see it all.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to go back in time and see for yourselves.