Mayan Sacred Structures – El Castillo
My good friends have decided to spend their Spring Break 2009 in Mexico. They came back from their awesome week-long vacation with not only great photos and wonderful memories of walking down the beach, crisp ocean breeze, kids splashing in the sand :), but also such memorable events as of themselves getting really buzzed at a local bar, dancing their feet off at the local disco, arguing over who won the-biggest-flirt-contest all the way back to the hotel…but in the end coming home all in one piece – happy and rested!
Well, they also brought back home a load of [quoting] “histo-babble” which I somehow missed until today! So, here it goes… Disclaimer: if you are not up for a brainy historical talk at the moment – you are more than welcome to flip the page…Honestly, I won’t blame you…haha – heck yes I will!!!.. After I heard/read all of this, then I sat down and wrote it – so read it, damn it!! ;)…
The talk started out from the event they were going to attend – I believe they said it was a northern equinox.
El Castillo has another name – The Temple of Kukulcan*, or the Pyramid of Kukulcan which is the most impressive structure among all others in Chichén Itzá. This temple was contructed by Mayans around 1000-1200 AD and has special astrological significance and layout.
Each face of the pyramid has a stairway with ninety-one steps, which together with the shared step of the platform at the top, add up to 365, the number of days in a year. These stairways also divide the nine terraces of each side of the pyramid into eighteen segments, representing the eighteen months of the Mayan calendar.
The pyramid’s design reflects the equinoxes and solstices of our solar year in a spectacular game of light and shadow. During the equinoxes, the setting sun casts a shadow of a serpent on the northern steps of the pyramid.
* Kukulcan is the Mayan name for the Feathered Serpent God (also known as Quetzalcoatl to the Aztecs).
My friends witnessed the equinox and brought back the photos and the talk :).
So, below are some links provided by them. Should be an interesting read for those into Mayan history.
This happens twice a year and how cool we were there!! It’s one of the most fascinating things I’ve witnessed…
Gene D. Matlock thinks the Mayans were Tamils & Cancun comes from Konkan. Go figure!!
See link below for some more interesting “histo-babble” (ref: Tower of Babel – Genesis 11:1-9 – … when God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another)
I will be adding more of my comments about the event as I go… Have to stop now as my head isn’t quite agreeing with “histo-thinking” at 2 o’clock in the morning… 😉