For decades, archaeologists and researchers have been astounded by the ancient Mayan civilisation of Central America. In contrast, fascinating discoveries about this ancient civilisation continue to be made one after the other.
The Mayans were astronomy-obsessed people who created a highly complex calendar that is still fascinating today. Although the Mayans did not invent the Mesoamerican calendar, their extensions and adjustments were the most advanced.
A “feathered god in the guise of a snake” descended from the sky and taught these ancient peoples about astronomy, building, and construction, among other things.
This figure, known as Quetzalcoatl in the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs or Kukulkan in Maya, was greatly respected and promised the Mayans that he would return to Earth one day.
His return date was calculated to coincide with the end of the calendar year, December 21, 2012, causing much excitement and terror, leading many to assume that this could be the start of the apocalypse.
Despite the fact that this prophecy did not come true, famed scholar Erich Von Däniken argues that this date was determined using our calendar, which is somewhat confused concerning its commencement, the birth of Christ.
Von Däniken says that there could be up to 20 years of mistake around the day we believe Christ was born due to miscalculations in the transition from the ancient Julian calendar to the current Gregorian calendar, affecting our forecast of Quetzalcoatl’s return. This means we still have a few years to see if the Mayan prediction comes true.
Von Däniken, on the other hand, believes that Quetzalcoatl’s return would include an extraterrestrial rather than a Feathered Serpent descending from the sky.
Did the Mayans have any contact with aliens?
There are still unexplainable findings concerning the ancient Mayans, which pique people’s interest and fuel the theory that old alien gods visited them. The city of Tikal, with its majestic pyramids, is another anomaly that adds to the riddles surrounding the Mayan civilisation.
Tikal, discovered in a Guatemalan rainforest, was one of the Mayan civilization’s most populous and cultural centers, including temples, palaces, pyramids, houses, monuments, and even stadiums for the ritual ball game. It was a vast metropolis with a population of up to 200,000 people, but it had an unusual feature: it was 40 kilometers from the nearest water source.
Typically, civilizations build their cities near water sources, so why would the Mayans work so hard to establish such a large city in such an inconvenient location? Von Däniken points to a glyph on a stepped pyramid, where an inscription claims that Tikal was a sacred site frequented by ancient gods descending from the heavens.
The Mayans built impressive pyramids throughout their vast Empire, 60 of which are in Tikal, and others of their most well-known pyramids, including the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Temple of the Sun, and the Temple of the Moon, are in Teotihuacan, with these pyramids aligning with the three stars in the belt of Orion, as well as the pyramids of Giza.
These Teotihuacan pyramids were erected beneath a layer of Mica, a mineral found nowhere else in Central America, and this material would have to be excavated and transported from the nearest mine, located in Brazil, across a distance of more than 4,000 kilometers and without the luxury of wheels.
Mica is a highly conductive crystal that is employed in current technology in radio frequency capacitors and as an insulator in high voltage equipment due to its great heat and fire resistance.