Conflicting Essays in scholarship which have been the most engaging research job I have ever done. I have also added, over the years, queries about our "dated" geology with their "computerized" confirmations together with climate changes denied since 1963. The Ten-O'clock News have been telling us to change our clocks for DSL and back again BUT no one as noticed it has been changed, more than a few years ago, from March 31 and October 31, to a week or so earlier or even a week or so later.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Smoking Star as a Comet

Fray Duran's Smoking Star as a Comet
     In Nahuatl Tezcatlipoca means Smoking Mirror. This god is often associated with Sirius, the Dog Star, because it is the brightest star in the constellation Orion. To some, it is not important, that Sirius, as bright as a mirror, is not a smoking star, even when seen with NASA's telescopes, as below: 
NASA: Sirius:A  Two-Star System
     The obvious conclusion is that Sirius must have been such a smoking star centries ago. So when Mexican history indicated that the gods changed themselves into two trees called, Tezcaquahuitl, the Tree of the Warrior, and Quetzalveixochitl, the beautiful rose tree, Henry Phillips, Jr. called the Tree of the Warrior, Tezcatlipoca , a name very similar in spelling and description. [A.H.M., 75 The History of the Mexicans as Told by Their Paintings, [1883] aka Codex Ramírez, after Bishop Ramírez de Fuen Leal.]

    In the Maya Popol Vuh, it is the same star with a different name, and it is seems to be the only other place in Mesoamerica where it is identified as a "mirror." Nevertheless, Sahagún agreed with the name Tezcaquahuitl, as the Tree of the Warrior which may also be Tezcauauhuitl, and gave the definition as "Bledos del espejo," a food plant.  [Amaranthus II, I  pf 2, 1]. Why Bledos del espejo, a botany term refers to a mirror, no one has yet been able to answer.
A Astronomer/Astrologer and a flaming plant for Menudo?
     Even so, the above double piece of a codex was not identified except by a number. The top section implies that it is a plant (picante) for a soup called Menudo and the bottom claims it is part of a opronostico [or prognostic] prophecy from an astrologer. It has all the components of a comet with a flaming tail, except that the head is a plant, maybe the Amaranthus of Sahagún's Tezcauauhuitl that can also be translated as "Bledos del espejo," [a food plant of the mirror]. "Bledos" is a word that,  strangely, can also infer: "I don't give a Hoot about this change."  

     If the Smoking mirror is  in the Popol Vuh, it should be as the sun "who put a mirror in the sky and went home." It is as if the flaming item shown above is really the comet that "set the mirror in the middle of the sky." If it had been the real sun from the east returning home but instead a very real comet with a very brilliant tail. When it crossed the sky from the northwest, it was bright enough to hide the true sun.
     I believe it is a possibility that a monastery translator of Mexican codices could have been "spitting nails" about what his gaolers insisted should be done, and instead, inferred his own feelings about the cover ups against his own native history by using this particular word picture of a plant as his replacement.
Could a "smoking mirror" have come from the northwest?

     Such a comet that was considered to be a disintegrating comet, came from the west in 2006 and two years later, in 2008, flew over Oregon, Washington, and Southern Canada very close to the horizon. It frightened adults, children, and animals alike with rumbling noises that even shook houses.

    The ancient version created a very, very red sky for a long time until a "human" grabbed a rabbit and threw it at the sun (comet here) so that the rabbit landed on the face of the moon. The tail of that comet was a smoking burning tail with magnetic meteorites of metal that were  very hot to the touch as they fell through our atmosphere and burned Maya homes of wattle and mud. (See the wall mural of Chichen Itza).  

     If we went back far enough in the ancient codices or into the Popol Vuh texts, I am sure we would find that "the mirror placed by the sun in the middle of the sky" before the sun turned tail and went home to the east would be noted as being super hot and people had to remain in the caves until the comet left the gravity pull of our earth. The men would have gone to their old homesteads during the cool of the night to see what could be salvaged from the ruins. The women would have kept themselves busy making pottery to barter for food later, when they could go to the Markets again. Food would have been very scarce. A miracle would have been necessary to keep the people from starving during that too bright, too hot sun (comet).

     The missing data would be similar to the original turtle in the Popol Vuh that was rewritten as a squash for ease in carving Hunahpu's substitute head and because "turtle carapaces do not contain seeds." Xbalenqué had hung the turtle "head," not a squash, over the ball court in the sky and tossed a stone at the turtle constellation so that it exploded into many pieces, like seeds."  

     There never has been a constellation called a "squash," but there has been a constellation, once called a Turtle. It was the Greek god Hermes that created a lyre from the carapace of a turtle and defeated Apollo in a contest of music. That constellation is now called Lyra because of the music that seemed to come from the sky ball game of the Twins..

Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Let There Be Light."

To investigate cultural mores and customs is not reviewing a wild untamed culture to be defined for posterity; it is a privilege given you to honor their lives and livelihood. Their livelihood depends on their surroundings and their ability to cope with the circumstances to which they were born.
To decide that their dances are "transformations" of their souls, Balderdash! Just as a ballet is not a "transformation,"  only a dance of beauty to illustrate a story. So what if a culture being studied does not use tulle and sparkles. Gee Whiz! 
Their dances are supposed to be wild, uncouth performances with no preparation, even though the same patterns are repeated year after year. But that person has not learned the education system of the culture. 
High pitched songs of a Chinese Opera singer are specifically geared to busy families, who mill about the stage, shushing their children, discussing a new business proposition, or just, in general, chit-chating among friends. 
The audience knows the opera since it is usually an ancient story, and when they hear the part of the song they are interested in, they listen intently, because they may have forgotten the importance of that phase of the opera.
The singer is well aware of his audience and their needs. His song is not forced, but insistent, so people who are listening for a particular segment, know instantly when it is being presented. The singer on the other hand, knows the audience and knows when the ripple of conversation has been interrupted, by whom and when. 
In Hawaii, the old hula dances had sexual implications. The dancer already knew who she was dancing for, the preferred partner already knew he was the selected one, and all other men in the group knew they were not invited to the couple's "party."
The shaman of the northlands, with everyone wrapped warmly in furs, is part psychiatrist, part father-confessor, and part story teller. If his audience contains a disbeliever, he and the audience are in on the presentation, knowing that it will be a semi-hypnotic event, but it will have a very amusing reaction from the disbeliever. 
A disbeliever is conned into thinking he saw something that he could never have seen in the depths of the snow and ice that surround the campsite. The regular audience is expecting great fun, and the disbeliever either believes or never again ridicules the shaman or the culture. 
In Africa it is the same. a disbeliever is suddenly convinced their perception is a true one and they, in awe, never again question how it was done.
     In both cultures the story-teller/shaman relates the tales of bravery or the arrival of a male child into manhood. The psychiatrist and the confessor elements cleanse souls, those who did not honor a taboo or other major or minor peccadillos of the group.  
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Modern men create the same mesmerizing events, but they are called hypnotists but their results are not "transformations," just entertainment. Even on the high seas, the impersonator of Neptune, at the equatorial crossing, is not a "transformation." It is just play-acting for the new sailors on board, during a common crossing of the equator. It helps relieve the doldrums of a quiet sea, and it also is fun and game playing.
When Santa Claus comes to town, and Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer do their pitter-pattering dance [inferred] on the roof tops of children's homes, so fathers around the world take over the imagery to continue their children's beliefs, until such time they must learn Santa is an "idea," not a person.
So to call common history re-enactments in ANY culture, or to say the actors are being "transformed" into gods or animals is rude. 
As a friend of mine once said:  
"When God said, 'Let there be light'
Antonio Badu flipped the switch"

Friday, November 2, 2012

Via Lacta: Our Own Galactic Identification

     On Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 8:30 am, at the South Central Conference on Mesoamerica in Lubbock, at the Texas Technical University, I presented the following information about the Via Lacta, commonly called the Milky Way.
Our Galatic Solar Location
     It seems that we live in a Spiral Galaxy,  where each branch of the spiral is open-ended. That gives us a new view of our sky over our heads. We have been under the impression that we see two different spirals of our Galaxy when we look skyward. In fact, with the help of the Hubble Space telescope, we actually are sitting very close to only ONE spiral and the sun blocks our view of any other one during our daytime hours. Our orbit is so small, by comparison, within even one spiral, that Hubble's view of all the known planets in our solar system, including the largest, is too insignificant to be even noted in the views shown above or below.
The Upper register is our Summer view of the Via Lacta
while the Lower register is our Winter view.
     So that when we see our Summer register, Peru and other southern countries below the Equator see the Winter register.  The sky then appears to contain two different branches of the Milky Way. As it can be noted in the above view, the exact center actually contains several star  locations of constellations found in either the upper or Lower registers.

The Maya used every bit of information that our astronomers have today via huge Palomar-type telescopes, including that of a spinning bi-polar jet that can be found below on]; yet, they had no telescopes, so it has been said.

     The graphic picture below with proper iconography can be found in the Nuttall Codex at the bottom of page 34. The Lady in this iconic configuration is the mother-to-be of the Twins, Hunahpú and Xbalenqué. 

     Her name glyphs read Two Atl, [Spear]. Below the spear, a star shape with many little stars surrounding it, with what appears to be a hand with a strange extension. Enlarged and turned 90°, it is a macaw with the star form at its neck. She, on the other hand, is holding a spindle in her left hand. With the glyph of the spindle, this star has the same components as the younger spinning Bi-polar Jet seen in the film clip below. It also contains the blue area found there at the north and south poles of the star from where the long streams of gasses are swirling. The blue area eventually will expand towards the equator and the star will become a blue moon-like star shining both day and night.. The following film clip is from :just ask for the Toddler Star in the McNeal Nebula.The 

     As noted, the modern Bi-polar Jet was called a "Toddler Star." The female here from the Nuttall Codex is already a grown woman, called Blood Moon,[1] but she holds the spindle in her left hand, a blue apron with only one star, while her headdress shows two star forms. The "spindle" is the symbol of her star status 
 interaction with the sky, that of a spinning Bi-Polar Jet. A double comet is arriving at her source.
      However, since the bright blue north and south pole areas of the ancient version of this star-form did expand to the equators and the whole globe burned a bright blue as a nova, with only the nebula area as red. Poor Blood Moon had to lose her female status to become a MALE bird that was thereafter called Seven Macaw in the Popol Vuh. Why? 

     If the story teller of the Maya was in the process of telling the story, the listeners would complain because everyone knew that the female birds were more or less camouflaged since their job was to take care of their eggs. The male bird was a much better fit to the story. His flashy colors could lead hunters away from the nest quickly; so the nest, the hen and the chicks would be safe. Blood Moon, then, by default, became Seven Macaw of the bright scarlet and blue feathers

     Justin Kerr [of] photographed a vase called K-7912 that actually shows a 2-year old female child—a toddler—being judged by Hunahpú and Xbalenqué for the Sky God on the throne. The small child is being held by the Guardian of the Stars and it is he who will place her among the stars if she is approved by the future Twins before they take their place in the sky as a double comet.
Coyolxauhquí aka Tlaltecuhtli

     Her Mixtec/Aztec name was Tlaltecuhtli and the description by Mary Miller and Karl Taube is actually illustrated on the Moon Disk. The monumental stone was discovered when a new Metro station was being excavated in Mexico City. INAH gave this goddess  another name, that of the star called  Coyolxauhqui, sister of Huitzilopochtl, who wanted to kill their mother, Coatlique, because she believed her to be a "loose" woman.

     In their book, Miller and Taube gave a perfect description of her death and her final journey with the Twins (again with different names) to her resting place on earth. In between time, the Twins, in the Maya version, had removed the turquoise teeth of Seven Macaw and made the nova (named Taltecuhtli {aka Seven Macaw} by removing her arms and legs) a benign star for all eternity until its final destruction in a black hole, or as part of another nova in the far distant future.

     The result of the removal and the distribution of the debris from the dying star, was considered in the ancient world, to be the destruction of the "pillars of the world,"[2] or the trees that were newly placed to "hold up the corners of the world."[3] Or, as found in Chinese [4] and in several Mexican Codices, as a similar Broken Tree, or  tree split in half with a man being sacrificed as in the Dresden)[5] or as the spinning star Lady.[6]

      A new item that turned up is in ancient German History. The symbol for [Aphrodite]  was a circular mass broader at the base and rises like a turning post to a small circumference at the top. {7}. This image is similar to the "primitive" Mixtec image on page  32 of the Nuttall Codex, and agrees with the symbol in the hand of the woman, of a wide based spindle that turns to make thread, but in both instances, the spindle is the only thing that turns, no thread is being made. 

       Only the Bi-polar Jet is moving in a circular way in the sky.  The Germans saw it at a different latitude over their heads, hence the image only has one narrow shaft, or gas plume. Aphrodite of the Greeks, URI of Hawaii, Venus of the Romans, all the beauty goddesses of the world bear different names. but are familiar as blue stars.
Miller, Mary and Taube, Karl (1993). The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya. London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd.

2 Sanders, N. K.  (1974, 69) Epic of Gilgamesh. New York: Penquin Classics

3 Phillips, Jr., Henry (1883, XXI, 616-651) History of the Mexicans as Told by Their Paintings (Translated and edited by Henry Phillips Jr.) Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. Edited by Alec Christensen 

Appendix 21: The two trees into which the gods changed themselves; more properly, Tezcaquahuitl: the "Tree of the Warrior." and Quetzalveixochitl; the "Beautiful Rose Tree." - A.H.M., 75..

4 Chang, K. C (1963, 28) The Archaeology of Ancient China. Harvard: Yale University Press, My Note:  A broken bamboo tree is the same as any tree that is broken in the middle. It is just thinner.

5 Dresden Codex (D-3)

6 Codex Nuttall, p. 32, bottom right.

Tacitus, Histories, II - 2 - 3, p. 163, Tacitus, II - 2: King Aerias founded temple of Venus at Paphos. II - 3: Some say it was the name of the goddess herself who sprang from the sea. II - 3, p. 165:  The symbol for her was circular mass broader at the base and rises like a turning post to a small circumference at the top.