Maya – Hieroglyphs on Silk and the same old Gods as on the other Side of the Planet?

March 20, 2009

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“Maya”
40″ x 13″, silk

In one of the last posts I wrote about Mesopotamia being the cradle of human culture. But did you know that there are people who believe in connections between the Sumerian culture in ancient Mesopotamia and the Mayan civilization? The idea is striking especially when you see certain images. Please see the website of Tony Garone, the singer and song writer. There it says:

“I believe I have discovered similarities between a hieroglyph of Quetzal Coatl (an Aztec god) and wall reliefs from the Temple of Ashurnasirpal II (an Assyrian King).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City contains an exquisite collection (from the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery) of magnificent wall reliefs in the Islamic Art wing from the Temple of Ashurnasirpal II. This temple was a part of the Kingdom of Assyria at Nimrud in northern Mesopotamia circa 850 BC.”

Tony really has made a point by comparing several photos of astonishingly similar motifs and images. Please check it out for yourself – it’s amazing. But as long as these assumptions are not covered by official scientific research and proof this remains pure speculation. Nonetheless – the similarities are perplexing and raise questions.

No matter whether there is a connection or not both civilizations are very complex and full of secrets and therefore wonderful subjects for my silk painting series of the Magic Symbol.

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Since the beginning of all times humans tended to surround themselves with symbols, partially worn as jewellery, others created as cave or rock paintings. The most astounding about this is that many symbols have survived until today. While societies have entirely changed, or the landscapes due to climatic changes – the symbols are carried through the centuries and deliver us a bond to our past. They are part of the human heritage.

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The Maya believed in recurring cycles of birth and destruction. They had a very precise conception of heaven and earth, how they were configured and how trees were supposed to support the sky.

Here we are again: the recurring symbol of the tree of life that plays a great role in many civilizations! The image shown here portrays Pacal Votan (Pacal Votan was the Magus King of the Maya, whose tomb was discovered 1952 in Palenque) descending from the tree of life.

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For the Maya the tree of life was the center of the world per se. It symbolized the vertical axis, which ran through the netherworld, the upper world and the heaven, connecting all three plains.

The Milky Way was the world tree for the Maya, especially at the time during the constellation of Sagittarius when the Milky Way was rising above the horizon. The star clusters of the Milky Way were the tree of life par exellence, the origin of all life.

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The hieroglyphs on this silk painting do not have any meaning at all. I created a hoax i.e. I researched different elements that you can find in Mayan hieroglyphs, or invented my own and linked them deliberately. Any meaning would be accidential. The old Mayan may forgive me but I just loved these little icons and symbols.

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