“The modern Maya use the word witz to mean a “mountain.” The same word was used by the ancient Maya for “pyramid.” The temple that normally surmounted a pyramid-mountain was thought to be the place of the gods. Such homes for the gods were replicated in temple architecture and incorporated into rituals in virtually all Maya cities. Because the mountains were considered living entities, the Maya represented mountains as zoomorphic creatures with eyes, muzzles, mouths, and ear ornaments.” from Lynn Foster’s Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World
Photo is Stela D from the Copan ruins in Honduras. One of my favorites. Link to original photo, satellite data and other neat stuff by Stephanie Parker.