Mayan Apocalypse Myth And New Age Degeneracy

Andrew McKillop, The Market Oracle - FAST BURNOUT   Wikipedia tells us that the Spanish conquest  of Yucatán and then other Mayan regions in today’s Guatemala and Belize was  above all rapid – it took at most 20 years – but was much slower than the  two-year total wipeout of the Aztec, further south in central America, through  1519-1521.

The main reason was not the military  organization or willingness to fight of the Maya, which was even lower than the  Aztecs but the decentralized, semi-independent, amorphous structure of what are  called the “Late Postclassic” Mayan states. Already impoverished and  disorganized, in constant decay. they offered little of interest and almost no  resistance to the Spanish: as late as 1550 AD there were only about 1500  Spanish civilians and military living on a permanent basis in all of the new  colonial provinces of the Mayan regions. Economic opportunities for the  Spanish, from pillage to agriculture and commerce were very low.This was a  degenerate culture which had collapsed, long before, and had widely depleted  its natural resources – soil and water – before it fell.

The Mayan civilization had already “peaked”.  The “Late Postclassic” Maya states and polities had lived through,  and survived the Ancient Maya period, probably ending about 1100 AD and lasting  around 400 years, whose own degenerative decline was shown by an ever more  complex, always more sombre and menacing set or pantheon of mostly bizarre and  often duplicated deities whose worship demanded constant human sacrifice.  Rulers were embodied descendants of the Gods and their worship needed blood:  either through symbolic bloodletting of royal family members, or through ever  rising blood sacrifice of massive numbers of captives, who were firstly  tortured. “Late Postclassic” Mayan states had veritable bloodfests,  during which several thousand persons could be ritually murdered in a couple of  days. Relative to the Maya, the gory antics of Syria’s Bashr el Assad are small  beer.

 

POPOL VUH – THE MARTIANS CAME The Maya vision of the universe or  cosmology, like that of most other “world civilizations” to date,  included the concept of human souls and the Underworld. The Mayan  underworld, Xibalba, was a place of fear,  fright and panic where solely sinister gods tested and tricked their  unfortunate visitors. Rebirth and escape from Xibalba was as rare as any escape  from, for example, the Hades of Ancient Greeks, another world culture which had  degenerated, on the ground, in the real world to dictatorial and repressive  mini-states constantly seeking war for overseas conquest and pillage, and as a  way to unite the people, before they collapsed themselves.

As with other civilizations, Mayan cosmology  included the concept of extraterrestrials coming down from other worlds, realms  or dimensions either once, or on a periodic basis. Their descent to Earth is  for mythical reasons which include organizing the planet – but as with many  other degenerative civilizations, the “entropy function” was an  integral part of Mayan cosmology. Decline was “hard wired” into Mayan  culture. The Popol Vuh story tells of extraterrestrial Gods who firstly create  Man in the image of themselves, the Gods. These first human beings are men so  perfect, so long lived, so clairvoyant and so perceptive, that they were almost  the equal of the Gods, but Decline and Fall or “entropic decline”  quickly followed.

The Mayan story explains this by the concept  of the Gods becoming paranoid that they had made dangerous unwanted  competitors, almost as smart as the Gods themselves. So the Gods destroyed  these Proto Men, and started over again by creating present day inferior men.  These, like the Myrmidon or Ant Men of Greek myth are only good for battle, as  cannon fodder, for slavery, or for bloodletting in mass killings. Mayan myth  says that the subhuman race, that is ordinary human beings were only functional  as a servant race or plaything of the Gods, who demand constant blood  sacrifice.

Within the Mayan culture, as others, the  need for legends of visiting gods from outer space was basic. This in turn  required a Supreme God with supreme powers. For the Maya this was a half  bird-half snake known as Quetzalcoatl the Feathered Serpent, a god which in  fact the Maya borrowed from the Aztec. One strange twist with Quetzalcoatl,  like the Mayan-only version called Kukulcan, when they have human form, was  that these two gods were depicted as having light-colored skin, were tall, and  often sported a white beard – comparable with bearded male deities and prophets  in many other cultures – of Europe and west Asia, not north or south America.

Blood sacrifice was built-in to late Mayan  culture. The cosmological concept of this was that the bird-snake creator god  firstly stopped a process of destruction of the sun, or in fact suns. Mayan  myth said that Quetzalcoatl, after the Fourth Sun had been destroyed, created  the Fifth Sun using his own blood, and bones of previous earthlings. In return,  Man had to pay blood sacrifice and prepare charnel houses for this earth-saving  and earth-prolonging act.

Despite this evil or laughable cultural  degeneracy. little different from Nazi German degeneracy but lasting for  hundreds of years, many persons claim to admire the high precision of the Mayan  calendar system. Interestingly enough, this precision was partly due to the  Maya taking the planet Venus as one of their 3 “reference bodies”  along with the Sun and Moon. This choice was helped by Venus being brighter  than any other star (except the Sun) that is visible from Earth making it  easily observable at almost all times, to the Maya, who were incapable of  inventing, or using the telescope.

ALL EMPIRES MARCH ON THEIR BELLY Venus was called the Afternoon Star, and was  selected and named by Quetzalcoatl, who also created or selected a restricted  number of other founding deities. These especially included Ehecatl, the god of  wind, and Chac, who like Quetzalcoatl was also part-reptile, the god of rain  and lightning. For the Maya, wind and rain were the two basic motors of  agriculture and food production. Chac was often depicted with a silex  knifeblade in his hand, a symbol of lighting and of agricultural implements for  cutting maize and other crops – and the throats of sacrificial victims. Chac  worship was at sacred wells and at ceremonies during which lifegiving rain was  falling. Chac was credited with discovering or revealing the the first ear of  maize by creating the associated junior or child deity, Yumil Kaxob.

Very significantly the Mayan sun god, Kinich  Ahau, who was also called Sunface Fire Macaw, was highly ambivalent in his  relations with Man. The number associated with the Sun God was 4, double  duality. Kinich Ahau was the controller of disease as well as health, drought  as well as the evaporation which feeds rainfall. The animal associated with  Kinich Ahau was the jaguar, thought of as a silent and stalking presence, able  to kill at any moment.

Yumil Kaxob the child deity Maize God  represented already ripe grain – the entire basis of the Mayan food system. The  god is a Youth god, similar to the early forms of Eros in Greek myth, wears  body paint, a headdress of maize, is linked with flower and fruit deities, but  is powerless by himself. His fate was commanded by rain and drought. Although  protected by Chac, Yumil Kaxob was constantly tracked by Yum Cimil, the Death  God, who directly controlled drought and famine and was also the God of the  Underworld, with several other names, including Ah Puch and Hun Hau.

Yum Cimil’s underworld was only a world of  death, the lowest and most horrible of the nine Hells set by Mayan cosmology  and religion. Cimil, like any witch doctor of the comic strip world was  skeletal and wore a neckless made up of miniature skulls with eyeless sockets.  Other iconic portrayals of Cimil included a bloated figure suggesting advanced  states of decomposition.

The Mayans believed that Yum Cimil, like  Kinich Ahau stalked them as a jaguar stalks its prey. Pushing back Cimil at all  times was the main form of Death worship, to keep Cimil at bay, and to avoid  the only other fate. This was symbolized by Ixtab, the Mayan Goddess of  Suicide, always depicted with a noose around her neck. Ixtab is the protector  of those who commit suicide or die by hanging, as well as slain warriors,  sacrificial victims, priests, women who die in childbirth, and persons dying  from a certain number of other misfortunes. Ixtab is above all a Releasing God,  from the strains and sufferings of existence, and takes released humans to the  delectable shade of the cosmic Yaxche tree. It was always a pleasure to die -  for the Maya!

IMPORTED GODS The Mayan god Kukulcan, also called the  Snake God, was a second or twin Supreme God and had many functions. Kukulcan  means “The Feathered Serpent” exactly like the originally-Aztec  Quetzalcoatl, borrowed by the Maya, but  Kukulcan incorporates several different or modified powers. One major  difference was the belief that Kukulcan could resurrect the dead – symbolized  by his origin as a sea serpent that emerges from the ocean before flying, and  then disappeared back into it.

Kukulcan is one of the three gods with  Quetzalcoatl thought to have created the Earth, but after a brief period of  presence on Earth, Kukulcan returned to his ocean home, telling the Mayans he  would come back at an unspecified latter date. The Mayans, some historians  claim, perceived the Spanish and their galleons as the return or second coming  of Kukulcan, and this helps explain their stunning passivity facing the  conquistadores – like the passivity of the Aztec. The most baffling question  is, why would the Mayans think that the Europeans were Kukulcan? Did they look  anything like Mayan Kukulcan?

Kukulcan’s human form, outside his  serpent-like form is a tall fair-skinned human male with a long white beard and  grey hair, nothing like a Central American, but similar to male Caucasians!  This is possibly a fascinating accident of History, and theory on this subject  ranges far and wide, for example comparing it to the clear but unexplained  links between Madagascan and Indonesian culture.

Kinich Ahau, the Sun God, was immune to the  charms of Ix Chel, the “highest ranking’ female deity. With many  similarities to several Greek myths, Ix Chel pined for the Sun God over aeons,  but through her obsessional watching of Kinich Ahau gliding across the sky, the  worse the weather became on Earth, reflecting the long, almost constant  degradation of Mayan water resources, mostly due to Mayan population growth and  poor organization of water resources. As Ix Chel chased after him, climate  change accelerated, rains diminshed or became more unpredictable, tidal  flooding increased causing  saltwater  contaminated coastal fields, and crop failures increased. Mayan myth says that  Ix Chel did not notice the havoc she was causing on Earth.

The Mayan pantheon’s highest ranking female  deity was a Moon Goddess who, taking on other identities such as the Weaver,  was able to beguile the Sun God with her beautiful cloth. Becoming lovers, Ix  Chel bore the Sun God four sons. They were the Jaguar Gods conceived as  completely silent and nocturnal, and tasked with holding up the four corners of  the sky. Unfortunately, Ix Chel’s love affair with the Sun God drew the ire of  the Sun God’s brother, the Morning Star (Sirius), who was her husband. His  punishment of Ix Chel was to incapacitate her for long periods, as long as 183  days per year, making her further unable to help the Maya with their  deteriorating climate and failing agriculture – in fact mainly due to declining  freshwater resources.

Mayans viewed the God of Knowledge, Itzamna,  as a possible alternative source of support. Again very similar to other  cultures, not of north or south America, Itzamna is portrayed as an old man  with an aquiline nose, fair skin, sunken cheeks and a beard. Also significant,  and the base of the Mayan 4 x 5 = 20 numeral system, equal to the number of  easily counted toes and fingers on most human beings, this God brings day  number 20, the last day of each Mayan month, called Ahau. Other roles of  Itzamna included being the Lord of Night and Day, making it possible this god  was only a duplicate manifestation of the Sun God, Kinich Ahau. At least as  important, the God of Knowledge was probably not a Mayan god, but imported or  borrowed from some other culture.

COUNTING FROM ZERO As with Hindu culture, Mayan culture used  the concept of ‘zero’ for mathematical notation from an early date. The Mayan  “interacting cogwheels”  system  for day and date calculation is well known, combining several cycles meshing  together and based on the apparent movement of the Sun, and the movements of  Venus and the Moon. The Mayan calendar year was based on a 13 x 20 sequence of  260 days, able in theory to repeat endlessly or infinitely. Major ritual  combinations of day and date cycles however occurred, enabling the  interpretation, almost certainly not by the Maya, of their Tzolkin calendar  implying “the end of time” or a complete stop on the night of the  winter solstice 2012, or about that date, in the Gregorian or modern western  calendar.

To be sure, 2012 in the Greorian calendar  system is 1729 in the Coptic calendar, 5113 in the Kali Yuga, 1434 in the  Hegire Islamic calendar, and 4345 in the Korean calendar, among others.

The claim by New Age mystics, astrologers  and journalists short of copy is that the Mayan Tzolkin calendar has special  divinatory powers and significance. Of course, Maya-watchers will note that the  Mayan calendar measures the solar year to within minutes of real solar time -  only tens of thousands of times less accurately than an atomic clock.

Archeologists believe the ancient Maya began  their date count, possibly in the period of 500-700 AD, from the retrospective  start date of 3114 BC. This, for the Mayan calendar system in the so-called  Long Count was the base year, given by the numerals 13-0-0-0-0. This in fact  means that after 13 cycles of 400 years, another Long Count will start (if  there were Maya to count it), making the crossover date closer to December 26  or 27, 2012 rather than the Solstice. This “date count” can of course  also be operated from other base years, to get other year dates for the  so-called Mayan end of time.

One favourite New Age mystic claim is that  Winter Solstice 2012 (only in the Gregorian calendar) also coincides with the  day on which the solar meridian crosses the galactic equator. The Earth, Sun,  and the galactic center of the Milky Way are in so-called “perfect  alignment”, with the Sun directly between the Earth and Galaxy center.  This center is however in fact an area spanning approximately 8.3 parsec with  an observational variation, in any direction, of about 0.33 kiloparsec (1075  light years distance).

Further New Age mystic claims are many, for  example that Mayan prophecy would include massive solar flares “every 5125  years”, neglecting the fact that on the most generous of counts, Mayan  civilization lasted for less than 3750 years, and probably far less than that.  We can note that Mayan numerology, cosmology and astronomy made no prediction  nor observation of the Crab nebula supernova SN 1054, dated as July 4, 1054 AD.  This was the most recent supernova, most visible from Earth, in our Galaxy.

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Admiring the Maya is respecting the  degenerate. Attempts to present the Maya as far-seeing prophetics, rather than  degenerates whose culture slumped into massive human bloodletting and was  totally unable to repulse very small numbers of Spanish conquistadores, are  probably revealing of at least one thing. The fascination with decline and  degenerate mass violence which also explains the huge annual business turnover  from the production and sale of fake Nazi cult objects and trash memorabilia.

Mayan prophecy, we can note, was produced by  a culture and civilization with an almost permanent obsession concerning water  shortage – made worse by the karstic geology and lack of surface water of Mayan  regions. By an easily explained febrile and child-like switch of logic, Mayan  prophecy sees the End of Time, or the end of the world as due to The Great  Flood!

Persons living in what can be called western  science-based “technological” culture and civilization need have  little respect for the Maya’s other major discoveries, due to their astronomy.  These especially included the knowledge of solar system movement, of our solar  system, but with no inkling of Galactic movement or galactic dimensions.  Claiming that calendar and astronomical time notations either due to and used  by the Maya, or imagined as being possible within Mayan culture, somehow exempt  their degenerate rulers from having committed constant and massive crimes  against humanity, and having been disastrously incompetent administrators of  society and the economy, are a pure waste of time.

Mayan degeneracy may be “amusing”  for those who are degenerate and simple minded themselves, but Mayan society  was so incompetent that it invented the wheel – only as a childrens’ toy, not  for use in the real world, where slaves were harnessed to drag wooden sledges  along the Mayan highways!

By Andrew McKillop

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Andrew McKillop has more than 30 years experience in the energy, economic   and finance domains. Trained at London UK’s University College, he has had   specially long experience of energy policy, project administration and the   development and financing of alternate energy. This included his role of   in-house Expert on Policy and Programming at the DG XVII-Energy of the European   Commission, Director of Information of the OAPEC technology transfer subsidiary,   AREC and researcher for UN agencies including the ILO.

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