Tag Archives: Quetzal BIrd

Temple of the Warriors / Chichen Itza

13 Jul


maya

Quetzalcoatl – The Plumed Serpent – Dust in the Wind

11 Jul


Dust in the Wind / Kansas

Whirlwind/DustDevil at the Pyramid of Kukulkan/Chichen Itza / Spring Equinox 2019

Quetzalcoatl- The Plumed Serpent – Modern Images

10 Jul


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 Love. Not Power.

But the artwork is fantastic.

Obviously still a lot of fervour for Quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl- The Plumed Serpent Awakens

10 Jul


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. 

Video borrowed from YouTube

“According to legend, twice a year when the day and night are in balance, this pyramid dedicated to Kukulcan (or Quetzalcoatl), the feathered serpent god, is visited by its namesake. On the equinox, Kukulcan returns to earth to commune with his worshipers, provide blessing for a full harvest and good health before entering the sacred water, bathing in it, and continuing through it on his way to the underworld.”
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pyramid-kukulcan-chichen-itza

Modern depictions of Quetzalcoatl/Kukulkan.
Said to be The God of knowledge and learning – among other things.
Creator of the Calendar and books.

Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl obviously still has a powerful appeal.

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukulkan:
“The cult of Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl was the first Mesoamerican religion to transcend the old Classic Period linguistic and ethnic divisions. This cult facilitated communication and peaceful trade among peoples of many different social and ethnic backgrounds. Although the cult was originally centred on the ancient city of Chichén Itzá in the modern Mexican state of Yucatán, it spread as far as the Guatemalan highlands.”

Akeviz
“A spiritual city in the highlands of Guatemala; one of the smaller communities of Spiritual Travelers who are still connected with the ancient civilizations of the Mayans;
promotes the ancient mysteries of the once powerful Mayans and Aztecs.”

– A Cosmic Sea of Words / Harold Klemp

“… in other traditions Quetzalcoatl was said to oppose human sacrifice. Mesoamerican priests and kings would sometimes take the name of a deity they were associated with,
so Quetzalcoatl and Kukulcan are also the names of historical persons.
He was known as the inventor of books and the calendar, the giver of corn to mankind, and sometimes as a symbol of death and resurrection.
Quetzalcoatl was also the patron of the priests and the title of the Aztec high priest.”
https://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikispeedia/wpcd/wp/q/Quetzalcoatl.htm

Quetzalcoatl … The Plumed Serpent … Part 2

7 Jul


sazilakab / jorge-reyes

Another pretty good video of this amazing whirlwind
that occurred at the Pyramid of Kukulkan this Spring.

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … The Plumed Serpent … Part 1

3 Jul


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.

From Wikipedia: 

“Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind, air, and learning, wears around his neck the “wind breastplate” ehecailacocozcatl, “the spirally voluted wind jewel” made of a conch shell. This talisman was a conch shell cut at the cross-section and was likely worn as a necklace by religious rulers, as they have been discovered in burials in archaeological sites throughout Mesoamerica, and potentially symbolized patterns witnessed in hurricanes, dust devils, seashells, and whirlpools, which were elemental forces that had significance in Aztec mythology. In codex drawings, both Quetzalcoatl and Xolotl were pictured wearing an ehecailacocozcatl around the neck.[5] There has additionally been at least one major cache of offerings with knives and idols adorned with the symbols of more than one god, some of which were adorned with wind jewels.”[6]

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Kings of the Sun … Part 3

2 Jul


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 Sun (West Side Story, Diamond Head …)

Shirley Anne Field – beautiful, but not very Mayan.

Brad Dexter? Where have we seen him before?
In The Magnificent Seven (1960) also with Yul Brynner.

In Kings of the Sun, Brad gets a new hat. 

Chichen Itza and the Pyramid of Kukulkan

Before CGI there was people!!!

Those steps are steep and jagged.

Here come the Toltecs.

Storming the Pyramid of Kulkulkan.
A dangerous stunt.

Many of the 91 steps are jagged and uneven – and over 12 inches in height.
The Pyramid of Kukulkan incline is also a steep 45 degree angle.
Combined with heat and/or wind and you can have a real problem here.
And a fall on these steps would not be a happy event.

Don’t know what pyramid this is, but it’s a typical Mayan Pyramid.
Coming down is even more treacherous than going up.
Imagine if this guy had fallen at the top.

Coming down the steps of the Pyramid of Kukulkan.
You can see it’s no joke – even if you’re young.
I have to  think that they stopped people climbing on the Pyramid for 2 reasons:
– It was destroying the Pyramid.
– Safety. People were getting hurt.

So look at this scene!!! This is insane!
I’m guessing they performed this slowly – then sped up the footage for the Movie??
But it doesn’t look like it.

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Kings of the Sun … Part 2

26 Jun


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 …

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 …

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