The Castillo at the Tulum Ruins is the tallest and largest temple on the Tulum ruins site. The Castillo of the Tulum Ruins is photographed the most, is the center of the action and is the focus of most books and articles when reading guide books and explanations of this important archeological site in the Mayan Riviera. One little building to the north, though smaller and could be thought to be less important, is just the opposite. The Temple of the Wind, has the best view, is one of the more spiritually significant buildings and in most photos does not go unnoticed.
The Temple of the Wind at the Tulum Ruins
Where – When standing in front of and looking at EL Castillo and the ocean, the Temple of the Wind is the small building to the left. It is separate from all the other buildings but its separateness is what highlights its importance. Notice that the door to the Temple of the Wind is facing north and the back wall of the temple faces the ocean. The four points, north, south, east and west were of significant importance to the Mayans, so the placement of this door is not by accident or for convenience.
What – The Temple of the Wind was a temple where the God of the Wind was worshiped. Wind plays a primary role in the Mayan culture. The Popol Vuh, a book of Mayan legends, states that the creation of earth was due to the wind. Oddly, it also states that the destruction of earth will also be due to wind. Sacrifices to the Mayan God of the Wind were done in this temple to ensure that wind did not destroy earth.
Why – Not only did the Temple of the Wind serve as a place to worship the wind, it also served as a place that registered the actions and force of the wind. The Temple of the Wind had a hollow stick that made a sound when hurricane winds were forming. This served as a signal to the Mayan community that the winds were starting to form hurricanes well in advance of any actual threats.
Best view of Tulum on the Temple of the Wind
Back in the days when you could climb the Temple of the Wind, visitors were privy to the best view in the area. Thankfully, to preserve the Temple of the Wind and the Castillo, climbing of the ruins in not allowed. When we sat on the Temple of the Wind over 10 years ago, we sat and we sat and we sat. It was the most peaceful and beautiful place that surrounded you with a feeling of calm. Can’t explain it, it just was.
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