|Sky Chart from G. Sesti's book on the Constellations and|
Linda Schele's version of Justin Kerr's vase from Holmul.
Do we know what the dancers are inferring during the narrations and the dances? Not all the time. The Dance of the Conquistadores, outside of Oaxaca was abundantly clear, but the Astronomy of the Hulmul Dancer, or that of the four Voladores or other such actors portrayed on the vases, and on the stelae, are only partially understood. Usually the display is considered to be a "transformation" of the dancer into some religious aspect of the gods, when it has only been history and astronomy lessons for those who cannot read all the glyphs.
If the "transformation" is a valid description then all professors and teachers in the schools around the world become "gods." I think the description should read teachers, actors, or professors became "professionals," and are not "transformed into gods."