Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Portal to mythical Mayan underworld found
MSNBC via Reuters ^ | Aug. 14, 2008 | Miguel Angel Gutierrez

Posted on 08/15/2008 5:57:23 AM PDT by stockpirate

Archaeologists discovered maze of stone temples in underground caves MEXICO CITY - Mexican archeologists have discovered a maze of stone temples in underground caves, some submerged in water and containing human bones, which ancient Mayans believed was a portal where dead souls entered the underworld.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Mexico; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: callingartbell; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; hell; maya; mayan; portal; underworld; xibalba; yucatan
Clad in scuba gear and edging through narrow tunnels, researchers discovered the stone ruins of eleven sacred temples and what could be the remains of human sacrifices at the site in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Archeologists say Mayans believed the underground complex of water-filled caves leading into dry chambers — including an underground road stretching some 330 feet — was the path to a mythical underworld, known as Xibalba.

According to an ancient Mayan scripture, the Popol Vuh, the route was filled with obstacles, including rivers filled with scorpions, blood and pus and houses shrouded in darkness or swarming with shrieking bats, Guillermo de Anda, one of the lead investigators at the site, said on Thursday.

The souls of the dead followed a mythical dog who could see at night, de Anda said.

Excavations over the past five months in the Yucatan caves revealed stone carvings and pottery left for the dead.

"They believed that this place was the entrance to Xibalba. That is why we have found the offerings there," de Anda said.

The Mayans built soaring pyramids and elaborate palaces in Central America and southern Mexico before mysteriously abandoning their cities around 900 A.D.

They described the torturous journey to Xibalba in the Popul Vuh sacred text, originally written in hieroglyphic script on long scrolls and later transcribed by Spanish conquerors.

"It is very likely this area was protected as a sacred depository for the dead or for the passage of their souls," said de Anda, whose team has found ceramic offerings along with bones in some temples.

Different Mayan groups who inhabited southern Mexico and northern Guatemala and Belize had their own entrances to the underworld which archeologists have discovered at other sites, almost always in cave systems buried deep in the jungle.

In the Yucatan site they have found one 1,900-year-old ceramic vase, but most of the artifacts date back to between 700 and 850 A.D.

1 posted on 08/15/2008 5:57:23 AM PDT by stockpirate
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 08/15/2008 5:59:10 AM PDT by Perdogg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stockpirate; NormsRevenge; nickcarraway; SmithL
Oh.

I thought it was East San Jo, esse.

3 posted on 08/15/2008 6:02:42 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stockpirate

Interesting. Thanks for posting.


4 posted on 08/15/2008 6:06:56 AM PDT by PGalt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stockpirate

Mayan underworld discovered! Gamers transported with joy!


5 posted on 08/15/2008 6:12:45 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (My spiritual advisor is a lawyer.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

“I’m lighting a torch and moving about 10’ into the room, what do I see?”


6 posted on 08/15/2008 6:16:25 AM PDT by 50sDad (OBAMA: In your heart you know he's Wright.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: stockpirate

Need pics of those underground temples.


7 posted on 08/15/2008 6:18:18 AM PDT by wildbill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 50sDad

>Kill troll with sword

(Oh wait, wrong game.)


8 posted on 08/15/2008 6:22:10 AM PDT by dfwgator ( This tag blank until football season.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: stockpirate

This might just be an ancient border tunnel.


9 posted on 08/15/2008 6:28:48 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Islam: Imagine a clown car.........with guns.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

>>>You have moved into the dark. You will likely be eaten by a grue.


10 posted on 08/15/2008 6:29:36 AM PDT by 50sDad (OBAMA: In your heart you know he's Wright.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: stockpirate

Xibalba, the Mayan underworld was where the tree of life was reborn in the Movie “The Fountain” during the future phase. Odd trivial bits you pick up from somewhat obscure movies.


11 posted on 08/15/2008 6:36:09 AM PDT by Malsua
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 50sDad

I don’t know about you, but I can’t move ten inches. I’ve got 15 skulls in my knapsack.


12 posted on 08/15/2008 6:48:01 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (My spiritual advisor is a lawyer.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: 50sDad; tx_eggman
“I’m lighting a torch and moving about 10’ into the room, what do I see?”>/i>

You were eaten by a grue.

13 posted on 08/15/2008 7:06:18 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (Islam ... If you can't join them, beat them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

· join list or digest · view topics · view or post blog · bookmark · post a topic ·

 
Gods
Graves
Glyphs
Thanks Perdogg! "National Treasure 3"...

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.
GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother, and Ernest_at_the_Beach
 

· Google · Archaeologica · ArchaeoBlog · Archaeology magazine · Biblical Archaeology Society ·
· Mirabilis · Texas AM Anthropology News · Yahoo Anthro & Archaeo ·
· History or Science & Nature Podcasts · Excerpt, or Link only? · cgk's list of ping lists ·


14 posted on 08/15/2008 9:46:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SpinnerWebb

It was a small grue.

But as I looked, it grew some more...


15 posted on 08/15/2008 9:56:00 AM PDT by null and void (Barack zerObama - International Man of Mystery...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Malsua
Xibalba, the Mayan underworld was where the tree of life was reborn in the Movie “The Fountain” during the future phase.

That movie was weird. I saw when I went to visit friends one weekend. Our choice was "Life Free Or Die Hard" or the "The Fountain". One of my friends didn't the Live Free Or Die Hard would be that great and wanted to do something different.

We don't let him pick the movies anymore.
16 posted on 08/15/2008 9:59:42 AM PDT by JamesP81 (George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a suggestion)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: JamesP81
That movie was weird.

Yeah, it was and it leaves you wondering what the hell it is you're watching until you read up on it. Then it makes sense. I liked it because I like movies that make me try to figure out what the heck is going on. The musical score by Clint Mansell is pretty unique too.

Live Free or Die hard was a pretty good movie also, and what you'd expect for the franchise.

17 posted on 08/15/2008 10:06:28 AM PDT by Malsua
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: stockpirate

Xibalba huh?

Maybe we can funnel all the illegals down there.


18 posted on 08/15/2008 10:10:44 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 50sDad

Zork was the best.


19 posted on 08/15/2008 10:13:04 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: stockpirate
very cool :)

was this guy there?


20 posted on 08/15/2008 1:44:22 PM PDT by Republican Party Reptile
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Malsua
Yeah, it was and it leaves you wondering what the hell it is you're watching until you read up on it. Then it makes sense. I liked it because I like movies that make me try to figure out what the heck is going on. The musical score by Clint Mansell is pretty unique too.

I get a good laugh when people ask me what it was about. I usually answer, "I don't know."
21 posted on 08/16/2008 6:40:30 PM PDT by JamesP81 (George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a suggestion)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson