Friday, February 19, 2010

Old Gods, Ghosts, and 2012 Prophecies

Chichen Itza in Mexico is one of the most monumental of a series of Mayan ruins in the Yucatan area.  Mayan culture has been polularized lately due to some poorly historically structured films and because of the Mayan 2012 apocalypse predictions.   However,  very little that has been popularized about this amazingly advanced and complicated culture has been accurate.   My fascination with the Mayan culture began with my trip to Chichen Itza.  We were lead through the sprawling ruins of the fallen city by an amazingly knowledgable Mayan guide that explained to us that Mayan history came in phases and that the ruins were in layers depending on their period of origin.   There were the Olmec, Toltec, and Classical Mayan phases, none of which were surviving when the first Europeans set foot on the shores of the New World.

One of the most fascinating things our guide explained to us about the Mayans had to do with the popular 2012 prophecy.  At the time we travelled, the 2012 prophecy was far less well known.  Our guide told us that the Mayan calender was cyclical and that the Mayan's believed that the world was born and died many times.   He talked about the last apocalypse.  He said that it was an apocalypse of water and that the earth was covered in a great flood.  He said that when that age, the age of water, was brought to and end by the flood a new age was born, an age of fire.  We are now in the age of fire.  In 2012 our age of fire will end in fire and an age of ether will be born.  The end of the world will also be the beginning of a new world.

The history of Chichen Itza itself is bathed in blood.  The Mayan's were deeply religious and believed that it was a great honor to die for the gods.  In the Popul Vuh, the Mayan Bible, the Mayan's lay out their faith in sometimes tedious details.   Their faith was deep and long and they were willing to die for it.  In fact, some of the best athletes that competed in the famous ball courts were sacraficed.   The Mayan's didn't fear death and see sacrafice with dread and horror.  They saw death as a passage to the next world.   Chichen Itza was the site of mass sacrafices.

Chichen Itza may have also died in violence.  Some archeaological evidencs shows that in 1221 a great civil war may have contributed to the disappearance of Mayan Culture in the great cities at the time.  By the time the Europeans saw Chichen Itza, it was already a ghost city.

What is most interesting about the ghosts that are said to wander these old ruins is that it is not the great pyramids that are haunted.   The places where the sacrafices went on and where the stone was stained with blood remain quiet.  It is the old observatory that is said to be haunted by the spectors of old priests and Mayan men.   Many tourists and guides have described seeing spectors wandering this site.   The Mayans were brilliant astronomers and were able to compute the circumference of the earth long before Europeans.    They mapped the stars and predicted astrological events so perfectly that we can still count on their astrological predictions to come true.   The observatory was in many ways the most important place to them as their religion was deeply connected to the movement of the stars.  It therefore seems appropriate that it is this place that the ghosts cling too.  The ghosts of the sacraficed have gone to the embrace of the gods, but those that searched for knowledge in the light of the stars are still lingering, searching for answers in the night sky.

5 comments:

Autumnforest said...

I would love to feel the energy from that place! I can't imagine the information the rocks hold. We do definitely underestimate these people--I dare a town in America to try and erect a pyramid that's astronomically aligned and without any of our modern tools!

Citizen Shelly said...

Your take on that is very interesting. I have also been to Chichen Itza and to Tulum and Tikal in Guatemala and several Mayan sites in Belize. (Tikal is amazing). I asked a Mayan guide of ours in Belize in 2007 about the 2012 theories and he said there is nothing to it. It's not a Mayan prophesy. It's simply that the calendar ended, and he said that was because they just got tired of carving the calendar that far in advance. They had to carve it in rock and to do it thousands of years in the future got to be too much. They just quit.
But he said it had nothing to do with the world ending or changing in 2012 and he seemed irritated we even asked him about it.
I think he got a lot of questions about it and just considered it silly. He was a real Mayan and lived in Belize. I didn't talk to the locals at Chichen Itza about it because they didn't look Mayan, and because it was overly touristy I think they would have told me anything I wanted to hear. Everybody there was selling something.

Courtney Mroch said...

Okay, now my husband would be insanely jealous you've been here! Very cool. Again, LOVE your pics!

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costa rica said...

In my country we used to talk about ghost, but there are many people who thinks they are in dimensions like 5th and 8th and they only cruise the dimensions gate to come with us, many of these ghost are here to help us to find the good way but another of them still doing bad things.