Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chac the god of Rain

What animal does this resemble? He sprays water with his trunk so that he is associated with the rain.

Semitic and Olmec types in La Venta territory

A Semitic Toltec-Maya warrior ballplayer.

An Olmec dresser helping a Semitic ballplayer to get ready for the ballcourt game.

An Olmec type assisting a Semitic type to dress for the ballgame. The ballplayer is wearing the single knee-pad of a ballcourt player.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

La Venta - Stela 3

"La Venta Stela 3 showing the big nosed personage."

Stela 3 La Venta - with drawing.

A Semitic profile in the Olmec territory of La Venta.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Native American portrait photograph

This photo sold at Southeby`s for $23,000. The ostrich plumes on his hat indicate that he is a member of the Seminole tribe of Florida.

Stela 5 Izapa, Chiapas - the Tree of Life

The Tree of life. Note that both the Semitic and Olmec types are portrayed on this stone, as well as on the black and white carvings below.

Toltec Semitic-type warrior ballplayers, two are being dressed by Olmec helpers. (Double-click on image to enlarge).

The Diving god

Temple of the Diving god, Tulum. The temple is above a cave that may have been a home to beehives.

"Plaque illustrating this ubiquitous deity found in temples of the Yucatan, including temples dedicated to this deity in Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza. I think it is likely that these inverted carvings, inverted to illustrate descending out of the sky, are in commemoration of a visit by Jesus Christ (the white and bearded god of the Maya (Kukulcan) and Aztec (Quetzalcoatl) ) after his resurrection in the Old World."

The Diving god.

The Diving god as the Bee god of Tulum. "The Temple of the Diving God is so named because it has an unusual figure above the doorway that appears to be diving headfirst to earth.
There are many theories about the meaning of these curious carvings which also appear at the Mayan site of Coba but few other sites. They have also been called ¨the bee god¨ or ¨the god descending¨ and have been associated with the planet Venus."

Stela 2 Izapa, Chiapas.
The Diving god, or the Descending god, portrays the falling rain, the setting of the sun, the setting of Venus, or all three. The Bee god of Seibal and Tulum is also depicted as a diving human. The two figures rising to meet him are thought to be the hero twins of "The Popul Vuh", the book of the Quiche Maya.

Olmec Cave Entrance

The cave entrance is painted as the mouth of the jaguar - the door to the underworld.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Angels in the Jungle - Ek Balam

Lady Aztec with incensario.

Modern Aztec dancer Martin Tellez wearing a winged costume similar to the "angel" on the tomb at El Balam.

Guardian in a winged costume - El Balam.

Aztec dancer Gerardo Salinas.

Winged guardian figures on the tomb - Ek Balam.

Seated ruler - Peten, Guatemala

"A fine Classic clay figurine from the Peten, Guatemala, depicting a seated ruler; the removable helmet was probably worn during the ballgame."

The Dancing King - Dos Pilas

The ruler of Dos Pilas does a victory dance after his win on the sacred ballcourt.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Muyil - Maya Riviera - Quintana Roo

Pyramid at Muyil, an ancient trade route city.

Grand cenote near Muyil.

Maya castle at Muyil.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mayan King and Queen

The ruler in the mouth of the Earth Monster holding the mannequin scepter - god K.

Stone carving from Yaxchilan in Chiapas. The ruler is holding the diety staff of
god K.

Mayan queen carving from either Tikal or Dos Pilas. It is unique because god K is depicted in the mouth of the Earth Monster bar that she is holding. This diety is the one usually seen on the small staffs held by the rulers. He is in the form which is taken by the sun in the underworld as it passes through the night. He emerges symbolically from the mouth of the serpent at dawn.

Xunantunich frieze

Double-click on images to enlarge.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Pacific Northwest and the Ainu of Japan

Tlingit men, historic photo - Pacific Northwest North America.

Tlingit tribe.

Tlingit ceremony Pacific Northwest.

Ikuo Yamamaru, Director of the Lore Division at the Ainu Folk Museum in Shiraoi, with traditional Ainu ceremonial attire.

Chief Anotklosh of the Taku tribe - Tlingit 1913.

Historic photo of an Ainu chief.

Ainu group from the northern islands of Japan 1902.

Historic photo of natives of the Pacific Northwest - North America.