Dec 18, 2013

Beating a dead stele

 The writing that used to be inside the rectangle has worn off so I have not idea exactly what this is. However, the top is worn in a very strange way. It does not appear to be simply from the weather.
 I was wondering about this as I turned around and found this behind me. From the condition of these poles, it was obvious that they were what had caused the damage to the top of the stele. Apparently there is some rite here where the person uses one of these poles to beat the stele. When I turned back to study the stele again, I could see that there was also damage to the sides. The guide that I asked did not know what rite this was but said that they would try to find out.
This is the view along the fronts of the buildings.

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