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Friday, March 8, 2013

Serpent Religion in Ancient America

American Pagan

First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1879-'80

Studies in Central American Picture-Writing

The Palenque Group of the Cross

Statue at Copan

Another Copan Statue

Yucatec Stone (Fig. 52)
 
"The chiffre, or symbol of the principal figure is, perhaps, represented in his belt, and is a St. Andrew's cross, with a circle at each end of it.  Inside the large circle is a smaller one.  And it may be said, in passing, that the cross probably relates to the air and the circle to the sun.
 
"The main figure has two hands folded against his breast.  Two other arms are extended, one in front, the other behind, which carry two birds.  Each arm has a bracelet.  This second pair of hands is not described by Dr. Leemans.  The two birds are exact duplicates, except the eye of one is shut, of the other open..."     

Mayan gods of War, Death, Hell, Rain...

"This eagle is the sign of TLALOC [Mayan Rain god], at least in Yucatan.  In [Aztec] Mexico the eagle was part of the insignia of TETZCATLICOPA, "the devil", who overthrew the good QUETZALCOATL and reintroduced human sacrifice.

Herrara describes HUITZILOPOCHTLI [the Mayan War god] and TE[T]ZCATLIPOCA ["the devil"] together, and says they were "beset with pieces of gold wrought like birds, beastsand fishes."  "For collars, they had ten hearts of men,"  "and in their necks Death painted."   

Stone statue of HUITZILOPOCHTLI, the Mayan War god, back view (notice the Death Skull and numerous Serpents hanging from his belt)

Adoratorio (a sort of niched altar)

"... we shall find figures of HUITZILOPOCHTLI [Mayan War god] with a parrot, and of TLALOC [Mayan Rain god] with the stork with a fish in its mouth... The prostrate figure of Fig. 52 (see above) is here led by a chain.  At Labphak... he is held aloft in the air, and he is on what may be a sacrificial yoke.  The TLALOC [Mayan Rain god] eagle is in the head of the staff carried in the hand."

Maya War God [HUITZILOPOCHTLI] ~ Stone Tablet

Maya Rain God [TLALOC] ~ Stone Tablet

Tablet at Palenque displays the abominable attitudes the Mayan priestly class had toward Humanity.  I am absolutely certain they, like other Pagans and Canaanites, were some kind of subhuman, Hybrid species of hominids.  It is noteable that the Cherokee traditional oral history spoke of their war upon, and elimination of, their own 'priestly' class or clan.  It is also significant that the Cherokee tribe had probably the most humane laws and customs of any other tribe, anywhere in the American continents.

 Priests and Beasts

"The leopard skin, eagle, and the crouching tiger(?) under the feet of the priest of TLALOC [Mayan Rain god; the right-hand figure in the Tablet of Palenque] are all given [symbols].  The infant... offered by this priest has two locks of curled hair at its forehead, as was prescribed for children offered to this god."

(in Fig. 48, The Palenque Group of the Cross) "... the mask at the foot of the cross is a human mask, and not a serpent mask, as has been ingeniously proved by Dr. Harrison Allen... It is the mask of TLALOC [Mayan Rain god], as shown by the teeth and corroborated (not proved) by the way in which the eye is expressed.  The curved hook within the eyeball here... stands for the air -- the wind -- of which TLALOC was also god.  The [Aztec] Mexicans had a similar sign for breath, message."

(also in Fig. 48) "The personage represented is distinguished by having a protruding tongue, and was therefore at once suspected to be QUETZALCOATL.  The protruding tongue is probably a reference to his introduction of the sacrificial acts performed by wounding that member.
 
"The rest of the sign I suppose to be the rebus of his name, 'Snake plumage' [or, 'the Plumed Serpent']; the part cross-hatched being 'snake,' the feather-like ornament at the upper left-hand corner being 'plumage.'"

(In Fig. 60) "The cross-hatching means serpent skin... Take the lower mask; its jaws, forked tongue, and teeth prove it to be a serpent mask, as well as the ornament just above it... [In Fig. 59] It is to be noticed that the leopard spots are not cross-hatched, but that this ornament [cross-hatching] is given at the lower end of the leopard robe, which ends moreover in a crotalus [venomous American pit viper] tongue marked with the sign of the jaw... and of the rattles.  This again confirms the rebus meaning of the cross-hatching.  [In Fig. 60] the cross-hatching on the leopard spots probably is meant to add the serpent attribute to the leopard symbol, and not simply to denote the latter." 

"CUKULCAN comes from kuk, or kukul, a bird, which appears to be the same as the quetzal, and from can, serpent; so that CULKULCAN in Maya is the same as QUETZALCOATL in Aztec.
 
"The Maya equivalents of HUITZILOPOCHTLI [god of War] and TLALOC [god of Rain] are undoubtedly buried in the chiffres already deciphered, but we have no means of getting their names in Maya from the rebus of the chiffres.
 
"Bancroft... says of QUETZALCOATL that "his symbols were the bird, the serpent, the cross, and the flint, representing the clouds, the lightning, the four winds, and the thunderbolt."

"In Bancroft's Native Races, vol. iii, chapter vii, we find that the titles of [Aztec god] QUETZALCOATL ([Mayan equivalent] CUKULCAN) were the air, the rattlesnake, the rumbler (in allusion to thunder), the strong hand, the lord of the four winds..."

"To conclude the search for the hieroglyphs of CUKULCAN's name, it will be necessary to collect all those faces with 'round beards'... TLALOC was also bearded, but all the historians refer to QUETZALCOATL as [having a 'round beard']...
 
"CUKULCAN... is seen to wear bracelets high up on the arm.  This was a distinguishing sign of QUETZALCOATL, and this figure probably is a representation of the Maya divinity.  He is on a stool with tigers for supports.  The tiger belongs to the attributes which he had in common with TLALOC, and we see again the intimate connection of these divinities -- a connection often pointed out by Brasseur de Bourbourg."
 
Tableau Depicting Human Sacrifice

Fejervary Codex

Vatican Codex
 
Altar of Snake Society

Pottery Painted with Serpent Figure

Member of the Snake Society of the Sia (Pueblo)

Altar and Sand Painting of the Giant Society (with Serpents)

 Altar of the Giant Society (Serpents Seen in Same Places Relative to the Drawing Shown Above)
 
Serpent Worship has not become extinct, and is being vigorously revived in some of the most powerful, wealthy segments of modern civilization.  Do they also practice Human and other blood sacrifices?
 
In the above link, please notice the interview with Gnostic Templar, Mark Amaru Pinkham (along with the rest of the decidedly "New Age" mumbo-jumbo.
 
One of Pinkham's New Age Religion books.
Idolatry.
Of course, they're selling their "memberships".  They get your money and your undivided loyalty and devotion for a promise, a pipe-dream.
 
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Hahaiwuqti, Natacka, and Soyokmana
 
Katcinas ~ "The Evil Influence of the Great Snake are Met by the Prayers to His Effigy" (page 306)

Symbolic Ceremonial Shields

The Natacka Ceremony at Walpi
 
Doll of Calako Mana

Katcina Mask with Squash Blossom Appendage and Rain Cloud Symbolism

Doll of Calako Taka

Head Dress of Alosaka

A Powamu Mask
 
Tusayan Snake Ceremonies (Sixteenth Annual Report from the Bureau of Ethnology...)
 
Altar with Horned Serpents at Cipaulovi

Altar with Winged Serpents at Cunopavi

Altar with Serpents at Oraibi

Antelope Dance, Oraibi

Oraibi Dance

Oraibi Ceremonial Dance

The Snake Dance at Oraibi ~ Women

Oraibi Snake Dance ~ Men

Snake Dance ~ Oraibi

Snake Priests with Reptiles

Diagram Showing Positions of Kivas, Kisis, Shrines, and Participants in the Snake Ceremonials

More Information, Bibliography
 
Further evidence of the persistence of Serpent Worship in America, and Globally

Does this look familiar?  Drawing from Manly P. Hall's private collection of Alchemical Manuscripts (Box 1)
 
Diagram of the Patriarchs.
 

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