Mysteries Of Mayan ‘Snake God’ Could Be Revealed After Secret Passageway To An Underground Cave Is Discovered Beneath 1,000 Year-Old Mexican Pyramid
Tim Collins posted an article, November 13, 2017, on the website of the DailyMail, with the title above. He begins, “an ancient Mayan pyramid that has fascinated explorers since its discovery by conquistadors in the 1500s — continues to reveal its secrets. Experts have discovered a secret passageway that they believe leads an underground water-filled cave, or cenote, at the Temple Kukulcan, in Mexico’s Chichen Itza.”
“There are stories of the Mayans sacrificing people into cenotes with a previous expedition finding human remains in the watery sinkhole,” Mr. Collins wrote.
“Researchers hope the blocked-off secret passageway will reveal the ‘sacred geography of the site, along with new details about the Mayans ancient beliefs,” Mr. Collins noted.
“Researchers from the Great Mayan Aquifer Project, led by underwater archaeologist, Guillermo de Anda, made the discovery using advanced imaging techniques,” the DailyMail reported. “They used ground penetrating lidar, a form of radar, to send electromagnetic signals through the walls; and, other architectural elements of the pyramid and its surroundings, to map the underground of the temple’s main structures. So far,” Mr. Collins adds, “they know the tunnel exists; but, they are now hoping to find an entrance to the passage — and, hope to [soon] explore it physically. The passage was found through a smaller burial chamber, known as the Ossuary, although it is currently blocked off. Speaking to El Universal, Dr. de Anda said: “Through the Ossary, we can enter the cave beneath the structure; and, there we found a blocked passageway, probably closed off by the Mayans themselves. We will enter again, and this time we’ll try to open it to see if the passageway leads us to the entrance of the cenote beneath the pyramid — which was discovered in 2015.” Mr. Collins adds that “it is believed that the Mayans may have built the Temple of Kukulcan,” somewhere between 900-1100 years ago, “on top of the cavern as part of their religious beliefs.”
As Mr. Collins and archaeologists describe it, “Kukulcan is a Mayan snake deity, or feathered serpent, who [reportedly] grew up inside a cave before emerging in an earthquake. The cenote is believed to be connected to other sinkhole lakes that surround the pyramid to the north, east, and west by underground rivers. The sinkhole beneath the temple is around 82 feet (25 meters), by 114 feet (35 meters), and up to 65 feet deep (20 meters). ” Additionally he notes, “”there is a layer of limestone about 16 feet (5 meters) thick at the top of the cenote, which the pyramid rests upon. The cenotes that surround the pyramid could represent the four points of the compass,” according to researchers Mr. Collins spoke to. “The river at the center, might represent the center of the Mayan universe, which they thought of as a tree with roots reaching [extending] below ground.”
We recently got word that a new, hollow chamber had been discovered in Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza; and, now this discovery, It is perhaps a golden age of discovery for archaeology and researchers, as technology is allowing us to explore, and see in places that is the past — we could not. Researchers, explorers and archaeologists are finding long lost shipwrecks, and may even be closing in on Caligula’s party boat. And of course, we are deploying telescopes into deep space, allowing us to see much farther than we have ever been able to do. Pretty exciting stuff. RCP, fortunascorner.com