Friday, November 25, 2011

Mayan Royal Double-Headed Serpent Bar

Note the double-headed serpent bar in the headdress.

Ruler holding a double-headed serpent bar - compare to the double-headed makara bar on the throne of the Buddha.

Mayan double-headed serpent bar with profiles of dieties emerging from each mouth. The serpent`s body represents the ecliptic, the heads are sunset and sunrise with the dieties as the setting and rising sun emerging. The 2 "X"s are the equinoxes.Drawing by Linda Schele.

Frederick Catherwood 1844 Stela D, Copan. Ruler holding a double-headed serpent bar.

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