My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

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the walls of the world / katie melua Early in my Spiritual journey I didn’t care much about past lives or reincarnation. I knew these concepts were fundamental Spiritual principles, but apart from idle curiosity I really had no interest in them. I simply didn’t see any reason to give it much attention. That was …

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Dust in the Wind / Kansas Whirlwind/DustDevil at the Pyramid of Kukulkan/Chichen Itza / Spring Equinox 2019

Path to the Yucatan / Caleb Hennessy There a literally dozens of depictions of Quetzalcoatl. the combination of the Quetzal bird and the rattlesnake. I really wonder if Quetzalcoatl would agree   with the depictions of him as an dragon like monster. If Quetzalcoatl was/is was a Spiritual Master he would have preached, taught and practiced …

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Path to the Yucatan / Caleb Hennessy The recovery of the ancient Mayan cities – their Temple Pyramids – which are the Mayan churches – has been a revelation to the modern Maya and a revival of Mayan religious traditions.                                …

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sazilakab / jorge-reyes Another pretty good video of this amazing whirlwind that occurred at the Pyramid of Kukulkan this Spring.

Path to the Yucatan / Caleb Hennessy Here’s a phenomenon that occurred this year at Chichen Itza right in front of the Pyramid of Kukulkan the day after the Spring Equinox – which is a day that locals celebrate as the return of Kukulkan. Call me crazy, but that looks just like a flying snake. …

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Streisand / Somewhere Kings of the Sun / 1963 Don’t know how they got permission to use the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza,  Hope they got a some good gold out of it. But it shouldn’t happen.  No doubt who the Star was. In his career George Chakiris did have his moments in the …

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epic-jungle-music / the-legend-of-el-dorado / Keepo Kings of the Sun / 1963 Several Posters – not bad either.  Notice the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza in the bottom image of the poster above. Epic I tell ya! Part 3 coming …

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. …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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musica-prehispanic Chichen Itza The Pyramid of Kukulkan 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 …

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musica-prehispanic –jorge-reyes Carmen – our Guide – shows us how Mayan Temples used to look – brilliantly colored and illustrated.  At last … there it is: The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan! So why is Pyramid of Kukulkan so special? There are others that are bigger and more impressive. But there are several reasons that I …

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musica-prehispanic –jorge-reyes Fierce, Majestic, Mysterious What can be said of the Ancient Maya? –  a massive Civilization/Culture that spanned beyond 3500 years throughout Central America. Much, much more than I have room for here. And much more to be revealed. Recent aerial laser technology has revealed over 60,000 manmade structures in in Central America.  Many …

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Warning: Geezer Alert Quetzalcoatl / Caleb Hennessy The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan One of the 7 New Wonders of the World (2007) Justly so. For me, this was the highlight of our Holiday to the Yucatan. It deserves special treatment. As a kid I had wanted to be an Archeologist or Paleontologist. In the 60’s …

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