A Mexican woman who climbed up an ancient Maya pyramid was immediately fined by authorities. However, enraged visitors threw water and pulled the hair of the so-called “Lady Chichen Itza”.
This story is about a childish, attention-seeking 29-year-old Mexican woman who last Sunday went J-walking up the steps of the Pyramid of Kukulcán in Tinum, Yucatán, Mexico. The woman was held by authorities for 30 minutes at the Tinum municipal police station before she paid a meagre 5,000 pesos fine, about $257, and was released.
However, other visitors at the site were so enraged that they called for Villalobos to be “incarcerated.” But when she was released after 30 minutes some of the angered visitors threw bottles of water on the clown as she was escorted out of the archaeological site.
The “Lady Chichen Itza” Or “The Chichen Itza Idiot”?
The ancient Maya Pyramid of Kukulcán was built between the 8th and 12th centuries AD as a center for the worship of the serpent god, Kukulcán. The pyramid rises 24 meters (79 ft) high and each of its four sides feature 91 steps. At the top, the ancient builders installed a 6 meter (20 ft) high temple which was aligned with key star rises and served Maya priests as an astronomical observatory. This highest point on the pyramid was an exceptionally holy sanctum-sanctorum that was built to assist Maya astronomers in the construction of calendars, and to predict seasonal and climatic changes.
According to Mexico News Daily the 29 year old woman, Abigail Villalobos, ignored all warnings and “walked up the steps of the ancient pyramid and through one of the Chichen Itza temple’s four terraces.” The so-called “Lady Chichen itza,” whose closest connection to ancient astronomy is most likely reading her daily horoscope, just danced through the holy of holies like she owned the pace.
A disrespectful tourist climbs an ancient Mayan pyramid in Mexico and gets booed pic.twitter.com/ZMAnwf0Euo
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) November 21, 2022
She Walked Over An Entrance To The Maya Underworld Too
In 2015 Mexican archaeologists discovered the 1,000 year old Maya temple was built over a huge cenote (sinkhole), which is thought to have served as a symbolic entrance to the underworld . Since 2018, access to this pyramid has been forbidden to the public and Daily Mail reports that when Villalobos returned, an enraged group of tourists shouted at the woman as a security guard climbed the pyramid to meet her.
A video is doing the rounds on social media which has been viewed more than four million times. It shows Villalobos being shouted at as the site security guard climbs the pyramid steps to get her. When she got to the bottom several of the crowd were appealing for the woman to be jailed. And so angered were some of the visitors that an elderly woman stopped Villalobos “and pulled her hair while other tourists dosed her with water” according to the Daily Mail .
A tourist was booed, doused with water and reportedly detained by police after climbing to the top of a Mayan pyramid at the Chichen-Itza archeological site in Mexico.
Climbing the pyramid has been banned since 2008 amid preservation concerns. pic.twitter.com/0Lj0caJALF
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 23, 2022
The Lady Got Off Lightly, For If I Was In Charge…
Villalobos was taken to the Tinum municipal police station where she paid her meagre fine and was released. The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) issued a statement saying the monument “had not been damaged” and this is why the woman’s fine was so low. However, an INAH spokesperson said if she had damaged the structure in any way she could have faced a much stiffer fine of between “$2569 to $5138, depending on the damage caused.”
Villalobos is lucky that it was not I who maintains this site. If this was the case, I’d have found a handful of loose stones on one of the steps to use as evidence of her defacing the monument. She’d have been marched to the police station and charged under “ Article 47 ” of the Mexican Federal law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historic Monuments. This way, Villalobos would be facing ten years in prison for her sheer ignorance and act of attention seeking.
Top image: Mexican woman Abigail Villalobos trespassing on the sacred. Kukulcán pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico. Source: Twitter
By Ashley Cowie