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Teotihaucan: A Theory of who and what we are

November 16, 2010

A few weeks ago, I turned to find myself staring at half a century of living. One of the many gifts that I received from my wife for having reached this “golden” birthday, was a book entitled TEOTIHUACAN, THE CITY OF GODS. It was a book that I noticed at the “Splendors” exhibit (3000 years of Mexican Art) in 1991 at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Since Teotihaucan happens to be one of my archaeological favorites, I proceeded to leverage for such a gift over the course of a few years, and to my surprise, I was rewarded…it is indeed a fine now old book. I mentally devoured the book on Columbus day — a perfect time to review the Americas before the invasions. As of today, I have read and reread the book several times.

The mysterious Teotihaucan was a great Mesoamerican city situated in the Teotihaucan Valley, which is northeast of the ancient lake of Texcoco or the present-day site of Mexico City. In its time, it was the largest metroplex in the Americas covering some 14-16 square miles and supporting a population of between 100,000 to 250,000 (depending on the source). The four phases of the city’s life, spanned from 500 B.C. to its violent end, somewhere around A.D. 750. The site was later excavated by the Aztecs who gave it the name of Teotihaucan — “the place where the gods are created.” Archaeologists believe that this city was larger than Rome during their common existence period.

To me this well-planned metro is a grand enigma, as are most of the ancient cities of Mesoamerica, but Teotihaucan was the oldest model, the forerunner of other great and enigmatic “engineering feats” (the cities) that are found in profusion throughout the beautiful nations south of the United State’s border.

Teotihaucan’s city planners must have been engineering geniuses to configure such a massive tribute to urban living. For us to do as well, would require the ability to fly or use overhead photography just to determine trial and error designs. It is no village, for its ceremonial center is not unlike any governmental complex in today’s modern world including Washington D.C. The pyramids of the Sun and the Moon dominate the site along with other notables such as the Templo de Quetzalcoatl located in a vast complex called the Ciudadela which covers an area of 133,000 square yards. These major constructions along with others are located on a two and a half mile causeway called the “Avenue of the Dead.” One must see this city to truly appreciate the levels of human intellect and engineering expertise that it took to build such a metropolis. One is pushed toward the contemplation of The Mysteries when psychically evaluating it true past.

Teotihuacan presents another feature that is also arcane to the extreme. Perhaps one of the most mysterious enigmas that many historical researchers have pointed out, time after time, are the enormous, thick sheets of mica that were found by archaeologists on the fifth level of the Sun Pyramid in mid 1900s. Later, to compound the picture, at 400 meters down from the Sun pyramid, another mica slab was found of considerable size: some 27.5 meters square (92 feet square) near the Avenue of the Dead. This last sheet of mica was reported by the Viking Foundation. To the astonishment of all archaeologists, these sheets were identified as a type of mica that is found in South America, and nowhere else.



This begs the question of why was this particular type of mica removed and transported some 3218.6 kilometers (2000 miles) to be incorporated into the building site at Teotihuacan? How did they know of the quarry site? How could something this large be excavated, processed and transported in a Stone Age period of history and still remain intact? It is also to be noted that similar finds of South American mica were discovered in certain Olmec sites. This is the “silver bullet” against the archaeological world, which proclaims that the technology of the ancients is far removed from what we consider it to have been. Stone Age propaganda holds no water when the Mica element enters into the picture.

Mica is utilized as insulation to atomic apparatus. Who knew of atomics then? What was the purpose to utilizing mica to the people of Teotihuacan? Were the Teotihaucans building weapons of mass destruction? Or, were they the victims of such weapons. Of all the cities of Mid-America, Teotihaucan seems to be more like a military base that needed pads for airships that hover and land vertically.

Evidence suggests that Teotihaucan came to a sudden and tumultuous end. The site was burned, dug up, then covered up (four to five feet deep), and roofs were torn apart. Craters were found on the floors and on the buildings. What created these aberrations, no one knows. When Cortez passed by while running from the Aztecs, he hardly noted that he was passing through an ancient site since it was overgrown and covered in the debris of time.

According to Eduardo Matos Moctezuma who wrote this book and has directed excavations on numerous Pre-Columbian archaeological sites in the Americas; Teotihaucan was a victim of its own highly stratified society. He indicates that the city-state was governed by a powerful minority that controlled every psychological, religious, and socioeconomic factor that made up the populous. He believes that the people revolted against the elite after becoming so fed up with the imposition of power-politics via religion and emotional threats. Deep resentments began to manifest in every section of the city, the surrounding suburban areas and satellite cities. It imploded of its own. The people got mad as hell and threw the bums out. Or, was there a massive air bombardment?

Such a great civilization, pushed to oblivion by complexity and emotionality, turned upon itself and chewed every part of its very being into pieces — a catharsis on a massive scale. I began looking at Teotihaucan as a mirror of where we are in time with our present civilization. Juxtaposing the mood of today’s humanity against the evidence of past government-heavy experiments, I realized that just like them, we were becoming a nation and a world of “burnt-out” natives. We are constantly threatened with incessant litigation, taxes in the name of deficit spending, and government programs. This, a reflection just like the ancients, is leveraged through emotional blackmail for taxing, voting or political (religious?) purposes. Our media and the old-ones’ billboard-like pyramids, both broadcast a constant barrage of how we must politically change to meet the demands of the elite. It’s all the same. Will our fate mirror the people of Teotihaucan?

Could our priesthood of governmental elitists tout themselves and their programs, via their media, to such a burdensome point of disinformational and financial saturation, that we would turn on them and our civilization at some point in the future? Have they taxed our livelihood too much? Have they overextended their burgeoning philosophy to the point of rebellion? Life, liberty and the constant positioning for human happiness is what keeps the people in balance. When humankind is pushed to the breaking point, it tends toward self-infliction as a method of cleansing, thus destroying its very being in the process.

Lessons of the past must serve us as a deterrent from doing what others have done to themselves. We should look at Teotihaucan and learn from its example. People need order and discipline, but we do not need to lose our freedom because others have forgotten why we have governments…for the benefit of all the PEOPLE.

And, finally, have we made some massive mistakes in our evaluations of some archaeological sites? Were some of those sites the last remains of a very ancient lost civilization that might have had closely-held but advanced knowledge that would allow them to create grandiose engineering feats across the globe?

To this educated observer, there seems to be evidence of a high civilization that has been smeared out of existence by history. One fears that that ancient and God-like civilization is still hidden somewhere from the general population, perhaps in a place like Area-51.

Copyright by Ron O. Cook

Related Links

World-Mysteries:  Mystic Places – Teotihuacan

The Fall of the Mayan Civilization

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The Great Maya Droughts: Water, Life, and Death

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Jason apoyan August 6, 2012 at 4:35 am

Evaluation from this article probable not for me to include religion nor politics then a system is required at some moment what are they explaining.

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Jason apoyan April 21, 2012 at 7:54 am

Truth can be very ellusive when sorting through different subjects correction explain there area.

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Robert Berringer December 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Seasons greetings Ron. We now have something worth gold. I was looking at “The line of Ancient Sites” and found another great circle that goes thru Teoyihuacan,Giza,and Easter Island! See two related articles on cloudriderbooks.net. “A New Look at an Old Design” and “Six Enigmas”, ajoint article with my old friend Will Hart. You may have to look around a little, but you can find them. Does anybody know of a good www post on the New World Order and Greys? Go Steelers and Tebow! Bob

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Ron O. Cook November 29, 2011 at 7:04 am

TEOTIHUACAN — A Recent Dream 11,29,2011

I am fortunate in that I dream incessantly and with visual apparatuses that I think are just beyond the norm. Color, special effects and other added features gives me what I look forward to every night when I go to sleep. I recently dreamt of Teotihuacan and it was amazing. I was flying over the city at its apparent high point of development. It was nothing like what we are told by Archaeologists. While it seems that an agenda is always followed by the academics to pull the ancients down to a savage level even in view of their apparent prowess, my dream offered up a highly advanced civilization basking in the light of flying devices. Each pad of that strip called the Avenue of the Dead had something sitting on top that was allowing the egressing of persons. It was readily apparent due to my interfacing with individuals in the dream, that they were persons of high intellect. Yet, there was a playfulness evident in their demeanor. To say this city was a base of operations in this part of the universe would not be out of sorts. It was right on. Something Big was happening and I think I got a glimpse of it via dreamland. It was awesome.

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Ron O. Cook September 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

Thank you Terry. As a fellow illustrator I know whereof you speak. Keep up the great profession and the fine work.

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Terry Lamb July 6, 2011 at 12:05 am

Thank you, Ron, for a truly knowledgeable and insightful, informative piece on the Mayan Culture. I have visited Teotihuacan and was humbled and amazed by the scale and beauty of the site…some of the Art I’ve done for Book Covers for David Hatcher Childress (particularly “Mystery of the Olmecs”) celebrates the genius of these Ancient Peoples visually.

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jason apoyan June 20, 2011 at 4:47 am

The mayan/aztec had a very well stuctured society what happened there towards the end could be covered still, nice article any way.

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bshirt April 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Wow, what a terrific article and great read. Just bloody loved it. I can’t wait to read about the Background Spheres.

THANK YOU!!

Doug

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Ron O. Cook November 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Some think the Essenes we taught by the ancient Egyptians. I think we need to get a little deeper where they are concerned. Dwelling in both worlds is what this experience is all about. I call it the Background Spheres or what David Bohm called the Generative Order. I will be writing a long article on that in the very near future.

Thanks Jason,

Ron O.

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jason apoyan November 29, 2010 at 3:27 am

Hi there in regards to the mayan/aztec empire and this article from my understanding they corelated the rise and fall of empires on solar cycles and there civilisation went out with the time when western religion came to there lands.so could the currant truth about climate change be the down fall of a politcal/religous empire.To quote from the ESSENES blessed are them that build the kingdom of heaven on earth for they shall dwell in both worlds.

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Ron O. Cook November 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

A Mayan Reinforcement

A few years earlier than the Teotihaucan experience, I had the deserved pleasure of dragging my body up half of the 365 steps of “The Lofty House of Cuculcan,” also known as the Castle (pyramid) of old Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. At this phenomenal archaeological site, (first touched by Edward Thompson and later excavated by S.G. Morley and the Carnegie Institution) I came to realize the smallness of my own self-realization and narrowness of my thinking. Here were the remains of the workings of “Stone Age Man”… granted it was on the more high-tech end of the scale, and everything was made of…stone; yet, the engineering mystique had not dawned on me before. As I began to truly focus on the matter, I realized that this great collection of masonry was representative of only the minutest tip of the proverbial iceberg, when viewed cosmically (deeply).

Upon examination of the magnitude of the site and its workmanship, coupled with the knowledge that empiric scientific minds had worked hard to present what I saw and was reading while I walked — I realized I wanted more from these enigmatic Ancient Americans. Their minds intrigued me, and I wanted to go beyond the typical five-sensory, numerically infested jargon that I had come into contact with, at every turn of the “page-of-record” portrayed by the signs at each monument on the site.

Who were the sublime people of these ancient ruins, whose structures now served as an intellectual “Disneyland” to the hot and thirsty tourists from Cancun’s beaches? It was evident that their minds dwelled much more intensely on the spiritual realm than the shorts-clad, brightly dressed, ever yakking foreigners of that day.

These “Maya” must have tried to understand the character and scope of transitional being and to me it was apparent that they were awed by that concept. The very pyramid that I stood upon was an ascension device, what some would call a transitional object (TO), used to get from here to there, mentally, spiritually and perhaps literally. That they thought upon the process of “otherness” (beyond reality) was in evidence everywhere.

Built level upon level (onion-like), El Castillio was a permanent benchmark measuring the passage of time with every tick of the sun’s progress, marked by undulating shadows on the pyramid’s inclined sides. Information gleaned from the Toltec/Mayan monument’s built-in calendrics aided in the establishment of every important spiritual event practiced by the culture. Like white light in the electromagnetic spectrum, the Castle was symbolic of only a tiny slice of the total enlightenment that was present within the metro site of Chichen Itza, or for that matter, the entirety of the mystic Mayan lands.

The enigmatic Mayan culture/s evolved in the areas of what are now parts of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras. They and their relatives (Olmec?) had been around since before 1000 B.C. In Their classical period 250-900 A.D. they had reached a florescence which included a highly sophisticated knowledge of language, mathematics, engineering, architecture, agriculture, astronomy/astrology, government, marketing/commerce and metaphysical dynamics (religion) which seemed to serve as the catalyst for their very being. By the time the Spanish arrived most of the classic Mayan civilization had been gone almost 600 years.

Their mathematics, based on three symbols…a dot, dash and a shell-like form (for zero) are not unlike our binary system (zeros and ones) which we use for computer work. Interesting…how long did it take our culture to get to that sophistication? (See Boolean algebra-1854 and Claude Shannon, MIT- 1936.) With their mathematics they astronomically derived a calendar which refers to dates as precise as August 13th, 3114 B.C. and has pinpointed solar eclipses that took place millions of years ago. The Mayan calendars, there where three coinciding methods, calculated a year at 365.2420, whereas our present calculation is 365.2422.

Another point reinforcing their advanced state…the Mayans were the only ancient American civilization with a recorded history of their own; although, new evidence suggests that earlier cultures such as the Olmeca and perhaps others (La Mojarra Stela 1) could have been the precursors to the Mayan system of writing. At any rate, the Mayans broadcast on their classic and traditional stone billboards the loudest messages of all Mesoamerican cultures. They recorded on lithic monuments, pottery, papers, and skins, the grand events of their abstruse culture. Though their hieroglyphs remain to be totally deciphered, we may soon have the benefit of viewing an advanced civilization built upon “primary technology” taken to the fullest understanding of nature’s provisions. In other words the Mayans went about as far as they could go within a category of earth and stone technology. Their knowledge of Nature surely surpassed ours.

Even today in our “mastermindedness”, exemplified in the form of the much publicized Biosphere II project, an experiment to better understand ecological – food and waste processes, including global and scientific processes that will give us a better comprehension of agriculture, and take us to the colonization of space…even in view of the above, the Mayan Culture has much to teach us about living and surviving in a world of environmental and social complexity which is approaching a saturation or compression state.

When one considers what the Earth is taking on just in the form of increasing population, to rediscover how one ancient civilization coped with feeding and maintaining a high-ordered community, would be of great value to our survival in today’s complex society. According to Linda Schele and David Freidel in their book, A Forest of Kings , the Mayans did just that for over a thousand years (200 B.C. to A.D.900) with a population of millions (4 -11 million?) crammed into a collection of some fifty plus city-states that occupied about 100,000 square miles. Population density in the lowlands could have ranged from 300 to 400 persons per square mile in A.D. 800. This currently compares with 68 persons per square mile figures for the U.S. The Mayans accomplished this unbelievable feat through what must have been on or above par with what we are now trying to attain with the research of Biosphere II and other ecological projects.

One has but to look at the massive public structures that inundate the Mayan lands, with its metro and suburban areas supporting populations as large as 500,000 persons (Tikal area – 50,000 metro), to realize what’s really involved here. Most of the once urban sites and almost all of the suburban sites are still left unexplored and unexcavated (90%?) by today’s archaeologists and anthropologists. They sit, still hidden under jungle growth and the decayed remains of the conquistador’s attempts to cover up the magnificence of their engineering and subsequently their agricultural prowess (raised fields, canal systems, and arboreal succession).

Though the present day Mesoamerican farmer slashes, burns and then plants his land, the ancient Maya had to be much more sophisticated to support such large populations. New satellite photos show evidence of raised-platforms and canal remains all over the ancient lands. Theirs was to farm within the harmony of nature, considering every element impacting the condition of a growing situation. In their view, growing could take place on the hillside or in the swamp…all predicaments were met through evaluation of what plants would work with others in a mutualism of ecological design perhaps not addressed since the Garden of Eden.

The Mayans were much more sophisticated than most archaeologist or anthropologist have indicated when they stress the wars between the cities or the rituals of blood sacrifice by the leader/kings or priesthood. The Mayan culture also was preoccupied with science, art, government, marketing, philosophy, letters and health. According to Mexican physician Xavier Lozoya, the Mayans were also involved in the scientific evaluation of medicinal applications to curing what ailed them. Omni magazine (August, 1991) indicated his research has shown that the 1500 different plants the Mayans used for herbal prescriptions, were even more effective than their modern medical counterparts. As research goes on into the use of ancient concoctions, will we soon discover that the source of this knowledge of the past was achieved as ours is today…through the scientific process of evaluation and research? Lozoya has shown that the Mayans bested today’s medicines for diarrhea and athletes foot. What other secrets still lay hidden in the jungles of the Maya?

A civilization so endowed and imbued with great structure and fine aesthetic touch cannot reach such high levels of advancement unless it is well fed…spiritually and physically. To those ends the Maya must have known something that we are still searching out…evidence…our Biosphere II project and our increasing amoral and criminal aberrations. Not to say that the Maya were perfect — some would point to the bloody sacrificial hype of a “bad press” first leveraged by the greed of the Spanish conquerors of Aztec Mexico, as additional cause to kill off the native Americans who were in the way of their goals and gold. Many believe that it was a respect and fear of the Mayan religion that kept the moral populous in line for hundreds of years — until the last days, when violence became the norm rather than the exception. Had the Maya civilization still been around in their classical mode, the Spanish might have never conquered Mexico.

While their culture was structured in a power that controlled civilized functions via sacrifice of some sort to their complex gods, their people prospered in peace. The great city-states exploded via a commerce that many of today’s marketers would easily recognize as genius. Disagreements were most likely settled on the ball courts and if that didn’t work, there was always bloodletting by the self-sacrificing leader. It was done in front of all the people to show their love for their deities and their brave dedication to their people. Would that we had leaders of that ilk today. Ceremonial war might have also garnered a warrior-king who if captured would serve the king of another city, and perhaps would eventually sacrifice himself to regain his being via the ball court or the pyramid of godly ascension.

Recognition must have been at the depths of their reason–recognition by their gods. The fear of this religious ceremonialism, kept most of the commoners in line. They feared the law of consequences and stayed away from the tops of those pyramids and the responsibilities that went with anyone who dared to step into the arena of leadership. Warriors however, were always admired for their fearlessness. If they were fearless, the people must have felt protected for a while.

Today, we apparently do not have the religion or the laws that keep our society in line as did the Classic Maya. Without some morality and governmental solidity, our society will see our great city-states decay from within as did the Maya in their last days. When the ancient kings and chiefs became greedy for larger possessions, their selfishness turned from ceremonial wars and ball games of religious sport, to full blown war against the very people who sustained the infrastructure of the Mayan society. Tradition, religion and education began to fail to serve as the bonds that held their people together. Adversarial behavior eventually exploded to tear their society apart, as it will ours, unless we go back to an ordered and moral tradition that was once positioned by our founding fathers. The Maya show us that the political-warrior cult (third-party manipulation) will forever eat away society because it is based on survival of the cultist-self over the social-many through violence. Perhaps we should return to some of the more religious ceremonies of ancient America that publicly “took care” of persons desirous of self-destructive behavior. Those of us that are imbued with machismo are the hell-raisers of civilization’s destruction. Reason must prevail

In its present form, the old story of life’s game is still perpetuated by a Mayan history that is incomplete to say the least. One must also remember that, in comparison, our society may be viewed as savage and immoral (electric chair, lethal injections, drugs and etc.) by tomorrow’s “advanced” civilization. Though unusual bloodletting was part of Mayan social and religious life, archaeologists are still at odds as to the true meanings of such ritualistic processes and that these ceremonies had any impact on the Maya’s final decline is still unknown.

What was the emphatic punctuation that nudged the delicate balance of the stressed infrastructure of the Maya, that brought on the eventual end of this great yet misunderstood civilization? Archaeological evidence suggests that the Maya did indeed turn against each other in the end. Many sites indicate fortifications were thrown up with stones from once beautiful buildings, to shield groups from attacking marauders. New geological data also indicates that volcanic activity might have been the straw that broke the back of a top-heavy civilization which pushed its resources to the ultimate disparity. If an eruption such as Mount St. Helens, did indeed occur in the 800 -950 A. D. period, as some believe, it might have impacted agriculture and food chains to such a degree that self-destruction was all that could have taken place in those last Mayan days.

By the time Cortes and the Spaniards arrived on Cozumel Island in 1519 the great Mayan classical civilization had ceased to exist some 600 years earlier. For the most part what remained of their grand structures were already engulfed by the creeping vegetation that was once their agricultural support source. In 1697 the last vestiges of anything even close to being a Mayan kingdom, came to a close with the flight of the Itza natives from their homes, routed by the Spanish in one of their final cleanup sweeps. The great written records of the Maya which were kept in book form were all destroyed by the representatives of the Catholic Church (Landa?), except for perhaps 4 surviving folding codices. Most of what we have in written form is inscribed on the stone walls of their once great cities.

Currently, one may find the generational-children of the ancient Maya in fragments scattered throughout their ancient homelands unable to read their ancestors glyphs and speaking vague versions of their old languages. They are represented by broken bands and small villages of persons who still keep traditions of whatever has been passed down to them by word of mouth. Some of their tribe, even today, still harbor rebellious thoughts such as the insurgents in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Could it be that the Maya will once again rise to their old glory? Or, are they as smoke from a last remaining ember still struggling in a rain of modern-day technology and sociology, destined to suffocate in a forest of bureaucracy as in the days of old. Not unlike any previous great civilization, they also experienced self-destruction in the abysmal trough of the cyclic wave. That old grave seems to always prohibit a leap from one crest wave to the top of tomorrow’s higher-crested civilization.

Why were the Mayans caught in the proverbial cycle — that old accommodating endless grave of mankind that always seems to awaken on the scene as a beautiful morning than suddenly turns into a horror filled evening and in finality, the night of death descends to darken all hope? Will this too be our fate?

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Alex November 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

The Fall of the Mayan Civilization

In the ninth century, the Maya world was turned upside down. Many of the great centres like Tikal were deserted. The sacred temples and palaces briefly became home to a few squatters, who left household rubbish in the once pristine buildings. When they too left, Tikal was abandoned forever, and the Mayan civilization never recovered. Only a fraction of the Maya people survived to face the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.

For decades, archaeologists have been searching for an explanation of the Maya collapse. Many theories have been put forward, ranging from warfare and invasion to migration, disease and over-farming. Many think the truth may lie with a combination of these and other factors.

But none of the conventional theories were good enough for Dick Gill. He believed that what had devastated the Maya was drought. However, drought as the only explanation of the Maya collapse was highly controversial.

Don’t miss: The Fall of the Mayan Civilization

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