Researchers and archaeologists have been stunned by the Mayan civilisation that existed in Central America for many decades. Amazing discoveries about this ancient civilisation are still being made every day.
The Mayans were an astronomy-obsessed society that created a complex calendar that is still fascinating to this day. The Mesoamerican calendar was not invented by the Mayans, but their extensions and adjustments were among the most sophisticated.
The sky was inhabited by a “feathered god disguised as a snake”, which descended from the heavens and taught the ancient peoples about astronomy and building, among other topics.
Quetzalcoatl, in Nahuatl, the Aztec language, or Kukulkan in Maya was the name of this figure. He was highly respected and promised to return to Earth one more day.
His return date was scheduled to coincide with the 31st of December 2012, which caused much fear and excitement. Many believed this to be the beginning of the end-of-the-world.
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. We still have several years to see if this Mayan prediction is 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.
Is it possible that the Mayans had contact with aliens in the past?
Unsolved findings regarding the ancient Mayans are still a mystery. These discoveries pique curiosity and support the idea that alien gods visited them. Another anomaly is Tikal, the city with its magnificent pyramids, which adds to the mystery surrounding Mayan civilisation.
Tikal was discovered in a Guatemalan forest. It was one of the Mayan civilization’s most populous cultural centers. This included temples, palaces and pyramids, houses and monuments as well as stadiums for the ritual game. Although it was a large metropolis that had a population up to 200,000, it was only 40 km from the nearest water source.
The majority of civilizations build their cities close to water sources. So why would the Mayans attempt to establish such large cities in such a difficult 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 constructed impressive pyramids throughout their huge Empire. 60 of them are in Tikal. Some of their most famous pyramids, including the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (Temple of the Sun) and the Temple of the Moon are in Teotihuacan. These pyramids are aligned with the three stars in the Belt of Orion and the pyramids of Giza.
These Teotihuacan Pyramids were constructed beneath a layer Mica. This mineral is not found anywhere else in Central America. The material would need to be excavated, transported from Brazil’s nearest mine and then moved over more than 4,000km without the luxury of a vehicle.
Mica, a highly conductive crystal, is used in current technology in radio frequency caps and as an insulation in high voltage equipment. It is also very resistant to heat and fire.