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nim li punit 

The name Nim Li Punit is derived from a carving on one of the site's twenty six stelae, which depicts a figure wearing a large headdress. In the Maya Kekchi language, Nim li Punit means "the big hat."

The monument on which this carving appears is the longest stela in Belize (Stela 14), originally located in an area called Plaza of the Stelae. These ruins over look Southern Belize' Toledo coastal plain, milpas and rain forest.

Having only one main plaza, one pyramid, one ball court and a few moderately sized buildings, Nim Li Punit is smaller compared to masterpieces found in other areas of Belize. But it has a large number of stelae; twenty-five large, often huge, stone slabs and pillars, eight of them carved, populate this small area. In fact, one of the stela is the tallest carved example in Belize. Due to this curiosity, Nim Li Punit is believed to have served as its dynasty's worshiping place.    ~ Anthony Benjamin

 

 


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