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1. Velikovsky, Brasseur, And The Troano Codex [Kronos $]
... From: Kronos Vol. I No. 1 (Spring 1975) Home¦ Issue Contents Velikovsky, Brasseur, And The Troano Codex John Myers and Warner B. Sizemore In a letter to the editor of the journal Chiron [* Now defunct (Winter-Spring 1974, pp. 44-45), Mr. Ian C. Johnson criticized Velikovsky's use in Worlds in Collision of Charles Etienne Brasseur's delusory translations of the Troano Codex (now part of what is called the Codex Tro-Cortesianus) and of Mayan monument stones. On the face of it, Mr. Johnson's criticism was just, for as Velikovsky, himself, acknowledged in note 2 of "On the Other Side of the Ocean": The Mayan tongue is still spoken by about 300,000 people, but of the Mayan hieroglyphics only the characters employed in the calendar are known for certain. But Mr. Johnson then went on to make the following statement: It is difficult to determine whether the other twenty-seven Brasseur quotations [in Worlds in Collision covering three different works of this author also share this fault ...
2. You too can in the Yucatan [Horus $]
... formal guided tour may employ one of the government guides generally available at the site entrance. The beautiful, friendly city of Merida, capital of the Yucatan. It is a major tourist center with several important archaeological sites nearby. There we many sight-seeing attractions and cultural events In the city as well to entertain the many foreign visitors who come year-round. Uxmal- looking north toward the Pyramid of the Magician and the Nunnery Quadrangle. The names were given to these and other structures of the Uxmal complex by the Spanish. The original Mayan terms for and actual functions of the buildings are unknown. Uxmal The first site visit is to Uxmal, a major Mayan ceremonial center. Uxmal boasts a high, steep pyramid, elegantly commanding buildings, and secondary pyramids. The visit there is a photographer's holiday and a dreamers delight. Touring the Uxmal complex takes the better part of the morning and toward noon, we go to a nearby hotel (the Hacienda Uxmal) for lunch. Some like a quick dip in the pool on the lunch break. Afterward, we ...
3. Oklahoma's ornate flints: "eccentric" or fraudulent? [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 106: Jul-Aug 1996 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Oklahoma's ornate flints: "eccentric" or fraudulent? Some Mayan eccentric flints were of extremely complex and delicate design. The first of the accompanying illustrations shows some of the ornate flints dug up in Delaware County, Oklahoma, in 1921 by M. Tussinger. The second picture is of a genuine Mayan "eccentric" flint from Quirigua, Guatemala. These exquisite examples of flint knapping evoke two questions: (1) Why bother turning out these highly labor-intensive objects by the thousands? (2) What are typically Mayan artifacts doing so far north in Oklahoma? Many of the flints, whether from Mayan sites or Oklahoma, are incredibly complex. Some are up to 20 inches in length. Countless hours must have been invested in delicately chipping away at flint blanks. Apparently, ornate flints were an art form of great importance to the Maya. They are found in large numbers in the burials of important personages. ...
4. Bookshelf [SIS C&C Review $]
... From: SIS Chronology& Catastrophism Review 1996:1 Home¦ Issue Contents Bookshelf Breaking the Maya Code by Michael D. Coe Thames and Hudson 1992 A very readable account of the progress over the last hundred years in deciphering the Mayan script, from complete mystery to the detail of dating, rulers' histories, religious ceremonies and mythology which can be interpreted today. The personal involvement of the author with many of the great names in Mayan glyph decipherment makes for some interesting insights into the human background of a great achievement- not much different, I suspect, from the goings on in most other disciplines, where the rule of one or two strong personalities can hold back progress for decades by suppressing new ideas. In this case the dominant paradigm until quite recently had it that the Maya were a peaceable people, ruled by astronomer priests obsessed with astronomical mathematics. The glyphs were considered unrelated to spoken language, whereas in reality they have proved to be a script in just the same way as hieroglyphic or cuneiform. Translated, they show that the Mayan ...
5. When Venus Was A Comet [Kronos $]
... "(3) A prominent characteristic of Mesoamerican astronomy, immediately apparent, was an obsession with the observation and worship of the planet Venus. Thus, at the time of the Spanish conquest, one of the accompanying monks observed that "so accurately did they keep the record or the days when [Venus appeared and disappeared that they never made a mistake".(4) Venus symbolism has been found in all forms of inscriptions, including the texts, pottery, and steles. While the intimate association of Venus with the Mayan calendar is well-known, only recently has it become clear just how thoroughly Mayan life was dominated by the appearance and motion of Venus. As Floyd Lounsbury has demonstrated, the Mayans timed their rituals, and even their wars, to significant moments of the Venusian orbit.(5) B. C. Brundage made the following observation: "The true role of the planet Venus in the development of the Mesoamerican cultures is not understood. It might not be far wrong to look upon the Mesoamerican's great skill in numeration as a ...
6. A Remarkable Mayan Suspension Bridge [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 103: Jan-Feb 1996 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects A Remarkable Mayan Suspension Bridge We tend to think Mayan engineering only in terms of those impressive pyramids at Tikal, Copan, and many other sites, but they were accomplished builders of roads and bridges, too. "Scientists working at the Mayan ceremonial center of Yaxchilan, Mexico, have discovered the remains of a sophisticated 600-foot-long suspension bridge built in the seventh century A.D. The bridge, which spanned the Usumacinta River, had massive concrete piers, a rope-cable suspension system anchored to stone mechanisms, towers, and a bed of hard wooden planks. It probably stood for 500 years above water 40 to 150 feet deep, with a steady current of 5 to 7 m.p.h., which increases to 10 to 15 m.p.h. at flood stage. Civil engineer and archeologist Jame O'Kon says the bridge was the world's longest until 1377, when a larger one was built in Italy." (Anonymous; "Mayan Suspension Bridge ...
7. Unorthodox evidence from Mexico [SIS C&C Review $]
... the others were dead, the site had been abandoned for 12 years, records and files had mysteriously gone missing and even Armenta Camacho's fossil collection seems to have disappeared. A new interest in the site has at long last sprung up, too late for all those earlier workers but hopefully this time establishment suppression will no longer win the day. Source: Mexico's 250,000 year old Mammoth Hunters: The history of an 'impossible' idea, by Dr. Virginia Steen-McIntyre, 1998 Precolumbian Old World contacts? Comalcalco was a thriving Mayan sea port in a swampy region on the Mexican Gulf coast of Mexico and was probably still functioning at the time of the Spanish conquest, although declining. It has been a source of some of the wilder claims in diffusionist literature for direct contact with ancient Rome and, although many of these are unsubstantiated, it does pose archaeological problems. The site's most unusual aspect is in its use of fired clay bricks which were used as a substitute for the facing of some of the structures instead of the usual limestone facing which is ...
8. Mayan Genesis [SIS Internet Digest $]
... From: SIS Internet Digest 2002:1 (Sep 2002) Home¦ Issue Contents Mayan Genesis www.mayan-genesis.com Book: Mayan Genesis. South Asian Myths, Migrations and Iconography in Mesoamerica by Graeme R. Kearsley. Publ. 2001, Yelsraek Publishing, PO Box 19697, London SE19 2BZ. 1098 pages. Over 1200 illustrations. $40 or £27 including airmail to the USA, add $5 if outside USA/Europe. Where possible throughout this work the original and earliest photographs available have been used since they are often the only source of many cultural aspects and iconographic elements which reflect the original context in which the ceramics, supporting panels, monoliths and walls supporting the elements of iconography of interest had been found. Some reflect crafts or social contexts which are no longer found. The fundamental initiative motivating the research for this work is that which resulted from the comparison of the iconography of the remarkable Mayan civilization in Central America, which spreads across Southern Mexico, Guatemala, and the western regions of El Salvador and Honduras, with that if India. ...
9. Letters [SIS C&C Review $]
... . Of course, there is no answer to "What if..." questions. But Velikovsky's followers seem to be increasing, and his name will be remembered. Who knows how soon it may find the place it deserves in scientific annals? Congratulations again. Keep up the good work. J. JOSEPHINE LEAMER Denver, Colorado New Year Resolution Sir, In SISR III:4, p. 91, an excerpt was reprinted from Everyday Life of the Maya by Ralph Whitlock, which tells us the following about the Mayan sacred year: "The second calendar was concerned with the Tzolkin and was regarded as sacred. It consists of 20 'months' of 13 days. The total of days was thus 260, a figure which bears no relationship to any natural calendar. How or why it originated is a mystery." Although the possibility that in very ancient times (before the Venus catastrophes) the year may have consisted of 260 days cannot be dismissed too lightly, I think there may be a more straightforward explanation for the origin of the ...
10. Venus: A Battle Star? [Horus $]
... . If on 1 Olin (movement), it shoots the young men and young women with arrows; and if on 1 Atl (water), everything becomes dry, etc. Therefore, the old men and old women venerate each one of those signs." In 1898, Eduard Seler showed that the above was not a localized belief in Mesoamerica. He demonstrated that parallel descriptions of Venus' influence were also depicted in the Borgia, Bologna, and Vaticanus B Codices (from Central Mexico) as well as in the Mayan Dresden Codex. In other words, throughout Mesoamerica, Venus was believed to be a threat to people of all ages, their livelihood (maize), and to their rulers and warriors (young men). The threat to the rulers and warriors could include, as one option, overthrow and defeat in battle. This is reinforced by Seler's additional observation that Tlauizcalpantecutli (the god of the Morning and Evening Star) was a representative of those who have fallen in battle. In his "Historia de los Indios de Nueva ...
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