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The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Kings of the Sun … Part 1

25 Jun


Kings of the Sun Soundtrack / Elmer Bernstein

Kings of the Sun / 1963

Yes, there was more than one movie made about the Maya.

In 1963 Kings of the Sun ‘blazed across the screen’.
 In the 60’s they loved these huge Historical Epic style films with hundreds
of Extras fighting in large battle scenes.
Not much CGI in those days. 

Reviews were lukewarm. Yet I wonder if this won’t be one of those movies
that becomes more appreciated over time.

One thing you can say about the existing Studio systems of that era 
is that they found and developed great Stars.

One of those great Stars was Yul Brynner.
Even in a lousy Movie Yul’s charisma dominated the Screen.
And guaranteed Box Office.

Between 1944 and 1976 Yul made about 47 Movies –
many of them were Epic style Action productions.

Just a few of Yul’s Epics.

Looks invincible doesn’t he?
He wasn’t. 
Slain my lung cancer in 1985.
He was 65.

Next: Kings of the Sun / Part 2

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … We Never Left …

19 Jun


Chichen Itza Mexico

Why did the Maya abandon their magnificent temple cities?

Drought?; War?; Spaniard?; Disease? …
no Starbucks? … ??

All of the above?

Maybe none of the above?

Somebody knows. 

As the Spring and Fall equinox sun sets, a diamond-backed snake (shadow)
makes a snaky pattern on the way down the pyramid staircase.
Here people gather and celebrate.
The Mayan may have left their Temple Cities, 
but they did not leave. 
Many still practice their religions
such as Popul Vuh.
And speak their native language and dialects. 
They are still here.

The Yucatan / Chichen Itza ………… The Sound of the Serpent

17 Jun


Ancient Mayan Music / Tsompantli

It would appear that Sound was deliberately built into a lot of Mayan architecture.
How they knew how to do this we may never know? 

And the fact that the echo sound of the Quetzal bird
was discovered at the Pyramid of Kukulkan
and recreated is almost equally amazing. 

Were those who reconstructed the Pyramid aware of this phenomenon? 
And even if they were, what were the chances their reconstruction
would successfully achieve this result?

And since only 2 sides of the Pyramid have been restored
we don’t know what the the other 2 might have offered.

This brings us to the 2nd sound phenomenon:

The Sound of the Serpent
at The Temple of the Warriors

Truly amazing. 
And since there was once a roof over that structure the sound/echo
would likely have been even more pronounced.

Up Next: 
Play Ball!

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Apocalypto … 2006

12 Jun


Apocalypto Soundtrack / Words Through the Sky / james-horner

“No one can outrun their destiny”

Wrong.
Anybody can. 

If you know how.

Must have been a very tough movie to make:
Jungle, mosquitoes, snakes, all kinds of crap/challenges/obstacles.
But it’s a good movie.
Graphic in places (of course). Mel never holds back on the heavy stuff:
Braveheart, Passion of the Christ, Hacksaw Ridge …
Made in 2006. And since we’re making discoveries about the Maya everyday,
(I’m not confident we’ll ever get a handle on them)
it’s pretty hard to get everything right.
This is NOT a documentary however.
Unusual Cast. N
o Yul Brynners or Elizabeth Taylors here. Most unknown.
Yet they do a very good job. Let’s give a nod to Director Mel for that.
Visually stunning.
Rewatchable.
Excellent job.  

Movie Making. Easy as pie.

No coughing!

The eyes of a child.

The ways of Men.

Mayan Blue.

Something’s coming …. 

Something not good …

About as bad as you can get.

Cometh butchers …
In guise of Gods. 

But the Maya have never died.

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … How it was done …

5 Jun


mayan civilization music

 

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Song of the Quetzal

4 Jun


Jorge Reyes

Quetzalcoatl / Kukulkan

So this guy called Quetzalcoatl walks out of the jungle one day
and becomes a God. 

To both the Aztecs and the Mayans.

He must have been a hell of guy.
Throughout Central America there’s temples and pyramids
dedicated to him all over the place.

So we have this beautiful bird called the quetzal
meaning “precious” or “sacred” in several Mesoamerican languages
that was associated with 
Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent
–  a connection between Earth and sky.

Beautiful eh!

Soooo … now we discover one of the (among several) wonders of the Pyramid of Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl
an amazing thing that the Mayans created from sound / echo
that was built into the Pyramid of Kukulkan.

First listen to this recording of the Quetzal bird singing.

Now … watch and listen to this:

                                              

When you stand in front of the Pyramid of Kukulkan and clap your hands
you hear the song of the Quetzal bird.

Audio scientists don’t know how they did this. 

Here is my own video of this experience:

It seems that many ancient civilizations knew some things about the power of SOUND that we don’t.
And this isn’t the only place at Chichen Itza where they engineered sound into their architecture. 

We’ll look at a couple more next …

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Part 4

30 May


musica-prehispanic

Chichen Itza
The Pyramid of Kukulkan


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7LFODaiyE4

Some necessary knowledge:

Wikipedia says:

“The Maya name “Chichen Itza” means “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.”
This derives from chi, meaning “mouth” or “edge,” and chʼen or chʼeʼen, meaning “well.”
Itzá is is the name of an ethnic-lineage group that gained political and economic
dominance of the northern (Yucatan) peninsula.”

“One other possible translation for Itza is “enchanter (or enchantment) of the water,”
from its, “sorcerer,” and ha, “water.”
Since Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl, appears to have been a highly enlightened person,
enchanter” and “sorcerer” makes sense.

In 2015 the Pyramid was discovered to have been built over a A cenote [seˈnote])
a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock
that exposes groundwater underneath. A natural well.”

I heard someone suggest that this may have been accidental. Really!?
It’s called “At the mouth of the WELL of Itza” for a good reason.
These people did nothing by accident.

In other words, we are still discovering things about the Mayans
that we didn’t know before.

Our guide, Carmen, showed us some recent photos of sun/celestial alignments
at Chichen Itza that were only recently discovered by Security Officers
who work at the site year round.
These discoveries are not yet common knowledge.

Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl

“Kukulkan (/kuːkuːlˈkän/) (“Plumed Serpent“, “Feathered Serpent“) is the name of a Mesoamerican serpent deity. Kukulkan was worshipped by the Yucatec Maya peoples of the Yucatán Peninsula, in what is now Mexico. The depiction of the Feathered Serpent is present in other cultures of Mesoamerica. Kukulkan is closely related to the deity Qʼuqʼumatz of the Kʼicheʼ people and to Quetzalcoatl of Aztec mythology. Little is known of the mythology of this Pre-Columbian era deity.”

They got that right.

And since some of this knowledge may enter into the Esoteric arena
it’s unlikely that science will ever get the whole picture.
Per usual, getting Truth is always a personal endeavour. Don’t wait for Harvard. 

Next: More …

 

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