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, August 17, 2012

The Birth of the Twins: Hunahpu and Xbalenque

Dresden Do-47 the Origin of the Double Comet
     Obviously, the Dresdon D-47 does not illustrate two young strapping ball-players, either on the ground or in the sky ball-court. Nevertheless, there is a "twin" element just before the end of the glyph segment above the death god's head. The double glyph, near the grieving figure of a human indicates that the most important part of the message is in the headdress of the figure at Do-. It appears to indicate two comets, one more important than the other, even though it was a "twin." The insignificant part of the story is also mentioned in the saga of the Father, One Hunahpú and his twin brother, Seven Hunahpú, who is not considered very important in the tale.

     The younger Twins, Hunahpú and Xbalenqué, killed Zipacna, [the maker of the earth; the maker of mountains] by turing him to stone in a deep canyon. These Twins later became a constellation near the 400 boys [who rose into the sky as the Milky Way] They had been killed by the Earth Caiman, his younger brother, Kab'raqan [or Earthquake; the breaker of mountains] who was also destroyed by the Twins with the help of a bird covered with clay and cooked as a savory dish.

     The text in the Dresden, over the head of this death god, contains the burning sun of the east, with the night jaguar of the underworld [as the fires in the night sky here]. It is possible that it is inferring that the "sun" was also the sun of the underground lava flow from the volcanoes, not the daytime sun from the east. The twin elements at the end of the text segment indicate that the two [twin] elements had something to do with making the human [the last glyph] very unhappy.

     Why say the human at the end of the text is unhappy?  Well, for one, with his bowed head, he does appear to be unhappy. He is not angry [with fire around his head], as in other glyphs. And, two, in order for the people to understand the glyphs they need a marker of some sort to indicate where the event in the Dresden Codex occurred.

     Since the Dresden is Aztec, and not Maya, we can assume that the volcano Popocatepetl just found out that his true love, Iztaccíhuatl, the other volcano, died and was separated from him forever. Such a "love story" would be appropriate for even those who do not read the glyphs properly. It is verified by an event of geology called a  "sheer thrust" that slashed through the earth from the Puerto Rican Trench in the Atlantic Ocean; splitting those two mountains apart; not by other glyphs. The sheer thrust ended at the Baja California coastline.  It also gives a good reason for Kab'raqan to have died by the actions of the Twins.

     Personally, which would be more interesting to remember, the terminology for the "sheer thrust" or the very romantic tale of a warrior prince who fought bravely and honorably, who when returned to his love, only found her dead?  To say there was no "love' interest in Maya lands, or any other Mesoamerican area is sheer nonsense. Not all marriages are arranged by parents. [This romantic tale was also told all the way south in Inca lands. The fanciful tale was made into a poem in Peru.]

The Birth Process of the Twins

     Since the Twins "became" a constellation, it stands to reason that their birth was in the stars in the very beginning. If we refer to world myths, it can be found that Kronos was emasculated by Zeus, his son. If they both were also star entities, then his bloody phallus would have been seen falling from the sky.

     One does not have to look very far for the origin of the event, even though we cannot see it any more. Hubble did the world a huge favor by naming a newly discovered nebula, the "Hand of God." It shows the left hand with two fingers and the thumb.  And since. in some cultures, especially sea-faring folk, the left hand is considered the symbol for the male phallus. As such, it is often considered "evil," "dirty" or impaired in some manner. As a common-sense symbol, it is nothing more than a health factor. The left hand is used for body functions, while the the clean and proper right hand is used for bringing food to the mouth. In the Popol Vuh, the god who supplied the food was also present in the storyline. He produced the re-birth of maize.

     With this in mind, let us use that image without asking the Maya "si o no." Temple XIX at Palenque shows a series of panels that indicate shipwrecked sailors were asking for help from a ruler who was wearing a false nose piece, but only a sliver. Even if they brought this iconography into Mexico, it is during an unknown time in Pre-classic or even Classic Maya.
[As the bones given to the Jaguar of the Night in Xibalba's Jaguar House?]
     If the birth began as usual with the "semen" leaving the male member, then it came from the "Hand of God," aptly named by NASA.  Stars are supposed to be born of stars.  From there, somewhere near the bull, the semen [meteorites] traveled to NGC7000, a nebula near Deneb of the Northern Cross. NGC7000 has the appearance of an open mouth of a skull [the head of One Hunahpú, Hunahpú's dead father] and from there it reached Blood Moon, the mother of the twins when she was near the Milky Way, [the Cosmic Tree of all myths; but here two corn stalks that the twins had lplanted for their grandmother]

     The net Blood Moon had "placed" under the magic maize stalks was the sparkling tail of the double comet. The multiple cobs of maize was the debris the exploding star hand blown onto the tail as it was passing after it had been freed of the dying star's erratic gravity pull.  In this story, it did not matter if the tail was attached to the double comet or not. The glittering comet tail with its appearance as a net was one of the magical events that occurred in the story to create interest. Here it was for the gradmother to accept Blood Moon into the family of the Hunahpú "men."

     It could have been the real moon colored red by the blazing double comet, or it could have been the new nebula that was created as the star itself died out. It was here, in the blackness of the sky, that Hunahpú almost lost his life when the bi-polar jet came out as a knife from a similar blazing "toddler" star, that bounced and rattled all over the ball court. It was similar to the one shown twisting and turning in  short movie found on An awesome sight it would have been.
      The Popol Vuh tells it as the House of the Knives. Other houses of Xibalba also indicate the trajectory in a different format.  I believe it is just so if one does not recognize the actual trajectory, the symbolic orbit through the various "Houses" will fill in the data. this event of the slashing knives was part of the First Ball-game in Xibalba for the Twins.

     Later, the  stage of the fluctuating  gravity created by the bi-polar star form sucked the double comet into its bosom and released it various times. When it was through playing with the dying gravitational force, the star spewed out its debris and died by turning into a benign white gleam in the sky again. The double comet picked up that debris and carried it to earth as the chopped up body of the Moon Goddess on a disk displayed at the Templo Mayor in Mexico City.

     Instead of Seven Macaw whose blazing blue turquoise teeth were replaced by the Twins with white maize kernels. the Moon Goddess appears to be  the same story as the Popol Vuh found in different areas of Mesoamerica. Each told the epic tale in the vernacular of the area, village, or family, where the story was discovered.
    Persian artists made sure the event was captured. They incorporated the ""Hand of God" in a stone story-panel about their main god Mithras who was born of a stone, just Huitzilopoctli was in Mexcio. That panel also illustrated the size of the telescope that was used to watch the meteorite fall-out. Their telescopes were nothing like our Palomar, Chandra-NASA, or NASA-Goddard Space Observatories. They were small compact and could be easily carried by a man anytime,  anywhere.

     Such a story is in the Popol Vuh, ready to be read and appreciated without fancy complex technical words that are not understood by the native populations.  Other codices confirm that  many things were well known a long time ago. But since they have never occurred in our lifetime, we choose not to believe what we read.  It is Grandpa's "fish that got away" story.  And everyone knows that Grandpa exaggerated during his lifetime.

   The trajectory of the double comet is told in great detail, with a little bit of magic thrown in for good measure. The magic holds one's interest better than dull tomes of our astronomy languages.