On a recent Earth Walks visit to the Post Classic Mayan site of Maypan, a most amazing occurrence: I was prompted to walk up to the top of the largest pyramid from the west side. Stopping to quiet myself, I asked from which side should I begin my diagonal ascent. Diagonal, because years ago I learned from the writings of a Mexican anthropologist that the ancient priests ascended in a diagonal fashion going up one side, then descending the opposite side in the opposite diagonal. When these two patterns are then placed together, they form a diamond, the symbol on the back of the rattlesnake, one of the main cosmological symbols of the Mayan culture. It has been said this forms a DNA pattern as well.
So, up slowly and prayerfully I go. About halfway up, a bright flash of light in my eyes. Looking down, I find a tiny silver fish that had come off someone’s bracelet or necklace. The fish symbol was highlighted in an exhibit in the Mayapan entrance as being another of the main cosmological symbols. I just “happened” to be there at that time of day, with the sun at exactly the right angle and at exactly the right step along the way for the reflection to meet my eye. I consider it a great blessing, as well as the meditation that came to me on top. In the meditation I recalled a talk given some time ago: “It is said that the continuation of the human race is largely due to the quality of forgiveness.” From the top of the pyramid to my heart and from my heart to the heart of all. May we live in compassion, peace and harmony.
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From the Journal of Archaeological Science, April 2014 | Abstract
The structure at Mesa Verde National Park known historically as Mummy Lake and more recently as Far View Reservoir is not part of a water collection, impoundment, or redistribution system. We offer an alternative explanation for the function of Mummy Lake. We suggest that it is an unroofed ceremonial structure, and that it serves as an essential component of a Chacoan ritual landscape. A wide constructed avenue articulates Mummy Lake with Far View House and Pipe Shrine House. The avenue continues southward for approximately 6 km where it apparently divides connecting with Spruce Tree House and Sun Temple/Cliff Palace. The avenue has previously been interpreted as an irrigation ditch fed by water impounded at Mummy Lake; however, it conforms in every respect to alignments described as Chacoan roads. Tree-ring dates indicate that the construction of Spruce Tree House and Cliff Palace began about A.D. 1225, roughly coincident with the abandonment of the Far View community. This pattern of periodically relocating the focus of an Anasazi community by retiring existing ritual structures and linking them to newly constructed facilities by means of broad avenues was first documented by Fowler and Stein (1992) in Manuelito Canyon, New Mexico. Periods of intense drought appear to have contributed to the relocation of prehistoric Native Americans from the Far View group to Cliff Palace/Spruce Tree House in the mid-13th century and eventually to the abandonment of all Anasazi communities in southwestern Colorado in the late-13th century.
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