Shame on Peruvian Land Developers


Without question, one of the main reasons we know so little about ancient history is that it was destroyed. Connecting the dots between the few remaining fragments of history allow us to imagine the story of civilization. Geological records explain natural catastrophes, second hand historical accounts such as the writings of Plato describing Atlantis, sprinkle light dustings of possibility on what might otherwise be pure myth.

Conquest and assimilation is by far the biggest eradicator of history. Spanish friar, and later bishop of Yucatan, Diego de Landa is a perfect example. In 1549 Landa arrived in Mexico with the conquistadors. He set out to convert the native population and obliterate any evidence of their beliefs and culture. In 1561 he set a massive fire, burning the last remaining Maya documents detailing their history and knowledge of astronomy. In 1563 he returned to Spain to face trial for an “unauthorized” inquisition. When cleared of charges he returned in 1573 as bishop of Yucatan.

http://archaeology.about.com/od/mayaresearchers/ss/Diego-de-Landa.htm

What little we know about ancient Mexico, Central, and South America is the result of painstaking excavation of archaeological sites. Despite the church’s campaign to obliterate ancient indigenous civilizations, great strides have been made in piecing together ancient pasts. Archaeological treasures all that remain of civilizations beyond our comprehension.

Then along come greedy, bonehead land developers. With no more regard than Landa, thinking only of their interests land developers near Lima, Peru demolished El Paraiso, a 5000 year old pyramid on one of the oldest archaeological sites in South America. In May a 2,300 year old pyramid in Belize fell to a bulldozer, ending up as fill for road construction.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23173628

Precious little remains of our ancient past. It defies conscience to see what we have, pulverized and turned into landfill.

Galactic Alignment


Mayan people were great time keepers. Able to calculate the length of a year, predict the spring and fall equinox, even understand that earth wobbled on its axis. As the much publicised Dec. 21, 2012 draws near; hype surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar swells. Barely a whisper is spoken of the fact the Mayan people had many calendars, some with dates thousands of years into our future.

Rather than ponder “end of days” or prophecy; why not come to our senses, and understand what is going to happen on Dec. 21. In relation to our known history it will still be a special day. Once every 25,800 years  a “Galactic Alignment” occurs. On Dec. 21, our winter solstice coincides with this event.

Simply put – at the winter solstice this year the earth and sun will be aligned with the galactic equator; the centre of the milky way.

By all means click on the links to learn more about this rare alignment. Certainly of interest; in particular the alignment of Sagittarius. In the 1970s a scientist monitoring radio signals from space noticed an anomaly coming from the constellation Sagittarius. He circled it and wrote “wow”. This is known as the “wow event” – the only unconfirmed radio signal from space.

Getting back to my point – the Mayans kept track of things. We know they had many calendars. I suspect  the “long count calendar” that ends on Dec. 21 is nothing more than an astounding countdown to a celestial event. How they were able to calculate this event with remarkable accuracy, we’ll never know. Archaeologists have managed to recover few pages from the Mayan daytimer. Lost to history, courtesy Spanish Conquistadores,  temple robbers, and grave looters, are the pieces that put this puzzle together.

Rather than dwell on end of days hype, I suggest we ponder the cautionary tale of ancient prophecy. Lets not confuse scientific documents with creation or prophecy myth. All ancient cultures, Hopi, Mayan, Egyptian, Greek, you name it – have similar stories to explain catastrophic natural events.  They all shared a connection to our natural world that we sadly take for granted.

We should all take a moment to ponder the accomplishments of not only the Mayan, but all ancient cultures. Be ashamed by our lack of regard for the world that sustains us, and take time to gaze at the stars. On Dec. 21 a rare galactic alignment will occur, be humbled by the fact the Mayans figured it out. The end of the Mayan calendar is simply a headline grabbing interpretation of a single Mayan observation. Probably nothing more than a simple multiplication table to the Mayans.

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Perhaps It’s Time to Relax When Pondering the End of the World on Dec.21,2012


An incredible amount of attention has been given to Mayan predictions of our world ending on Dec. 21, 2012. There is absolutely no doubt the Mayans had an astounding window into time, space, and the workings of the universe. Vast bodies of insight and knowledge have been lost forever. The Spanish Conquistadors managed to erase huge pieces of the puzzle with little thought to the consequences.  Mayan ruins were looted, and it wasn’t until quite recently that Mayan “glyphs” were even understood.

Despite media hype suggesting a “doomsday” this December, ponder this story.

In 2010 at the ruins of the Mayan site Xultun archaeologists found a faded mural. Unlike anything seen before, it contains glyphs referring to years well beyond 2012. The Maya had different calendar “cycles”, archaeologists are at a loss to explain all the intricacies, yet one thing is certain – the calendar begins August 11, 3114 B.C., and definitely does not come to a crashing halt this year.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/05/120510-maya-2012-doomsday-calendar-end-of-world-science/

Photo: Maya mural, Xultun