Look to the Sky

by admin on November 19, 2013

Amazing and intriguing all the Maya as well as Mayan intrigue and interest on astronomy.  Its not only a question of the calendar itself but yet mankind’s wonderment of the universe and where he / she / they fit in the whole schema . This group comprehended that there was a lot to their world than just their local areas in the  Central Americas .

It may of taken you quite a trek to get on-site  yet  once at Chichen Itza itself you will spot such landmarks as the observatory  ”El Caracol ”  (Observatoria marked in Espanol Mexican signage) onsite as you wander around the ruins complex .  Never mind the wonders of the Cenotes as well .    Yet no doubt about it there is a lot more to learn and lots of education and teaching to be done in this whole endevaour .

Below is a photo of the structure along with a link to a resource of photos and images :

Pinterest Board link with many images and photos of Chichen Itza 

http://www.pinterest.com/chichenitzabob/chichen-itza-observatoria/

Chichen Itza Observatory 1 300x200 Look to the Sky Chichen Itza Observatory 2 300x200 Look to the Sky

 

 

 

You can obtain a lot more detail and insight through the YouTube video  ”
“Maya Expert Observers of the Sky ” courtesy of NationsTruthTV



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Wikipedia details Cenote - or “limestone sinkholes” with the cleanest bluest water you have ever seen as

A cenote (English: /sɨˈnt/ or /sɛˈnt/; Spanish: [seˈnote]; plural: cenotes; from Yucatec Maya dzonot or ts’onot,[1] “well”[2]) is a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings. The term derives from a word used by the low-land Yucatec Maya, “Ts’onot” to refer to any location with accessible groundwater. Cenotes are common geological forms in low latitude regions, particularly on islands, coastlines, and platforms with young post-Paleozoic limestones that have little soil development.

Below is a photo of a person being lowered into the Cenote at Chichen Itza :

Yet don’t forget about the ceremonial ball courts as well on your day trip.

 

lowering into Chichen Itza Cenote 300x199 Being lowered by Ropes into the Cenote at C. Itza Tourist being lowered by ropes into Cenote at Chichen Itza maya ruins site

limestone sinkholes dot the Yucutan from Cancun south to Tulum and to the interior

 

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Chichen Itza Mayan Ceremonial Cenotes

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