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LAMANAI, BELIZE: CONTACT WITH THE DEMI-GODS

Written by: Dr SAM Osmanagich

Lamanai, Orange Walk, Belize

January 2018.

My first love, when it comes to the pyramids is certainly the Mayan Pyramids. Thousands of gracious, monumental, and perfectly constructed pyramids adorn the Central American lands. The centuries-old attempts of the official science led by the Encyclopedia Britannica in proclaiming the Maya as “Neolithic culture” fade away before them. 

In my own estimates, the Maya had built at least 100,000 pyramidal structures on the territory of present-day countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize. A huge percentage of the pyramids are still covered up by the layers of the soil and lush vegetation, and most of it is forever destroyed. 

Belize, former British Honduras, is the smallest country in Central America with 380,000 inhabitants. Only a dozen inhabited Mayan settlements are open for public visits. Officially, there are “1,400 pyramidal temples”. However, in Lamanai only, which is the fourth largest Mayan city in Belize, there are records on 850 constructions. The assumption is that Lamanai on its pinnacle of development had about 35,000 inhabitants.

Lamanai is the reason for my visit to Belize. Poor descriptions on the Internet (Wikipedia and similar sites) are more disinformation than adequate information.

The first “fact” passed through is that “Lamanai is famous for its three-millennium long and continuous occupation”. To a laic, this would not sound odd. Nevertheless, …

The age of this city is determined on the base of a corn-seed found on the Lamanai land and it is dated about 1,500 years B.C. This means, we are going 3,500 years back in the past. What if we keep digging deeper? We would discover even older remains of the agriculture in these lands and certainly move the age of Lamanai further into the past. It is known that exactly in this area of northern Belize, in the place called Cuello, there was a discovery of two Mayan wooden dishes, which are 4,700 years old. The official science does not comment this because it would destroy the concept of the primitive Maya being 3,000 years old and descending from the Olmecs, which are 4,000 years old. It would be a fundamental shift, something I wrote about long ago, among other works, in my doctoral dissertation dedicated to the world of the Maya as well.  (www.booksbydrsam.com).  

The second cardinal mistake of Wikipedia is the claim that the Lamanai was inhabited continuously until the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in the first half of the 16th century. The official scientific opinion is trying during the past decades to prove that the Maya had not abandoned their cities until the 10th century. This connection with the tribes, which the Spanish encountered in few Mayan Cities during the 16th century, is necessary to keep up with the referral to the “continuity”. Why?

The fact which is forgotten on purpose is that those tribes inhabited Mayan Cities 300 years after the Maya abandoned the cities by the end of the 10th century. All construction of the pyramids and temples was terminated, and the inhabitants had been simply gone somewhere in peace (taken away?). A couple of hundred years later, the tribes migrated from northern Mexico to the south inhabiting some of the Mayan Cities. When the Spanish encountered them there they asked is it known who had built these impressive cities. The natives did not know the answer. They asked when and how the pyramids and temples had been built. And, again, they had no answer. They asked if they are able to read the hieroglyphs and symbols. The answer was: no. 

In Central America today there are seven million people who claim to be the direct descendants of the Maya. This is the poorest and the most uneducated of the population in this part of the world. Even if they claim to descend from the Mayan or to be “full-blooded Maya” the truth is different. They are the descendants of the aborigines that had occupied the abandoned Mayan Cities over 800 years ago. 

Therefore, the beginning of the story on Lamanai offered on the Internet is a pure disinformation.

Further on, the websites offer the story about the impressive constructions in this city. The first one is the “Mask Temple”, the second is the “High Temple”, the third is the “Jaguar Temple”, and the fourth one is about the playing field. The first three names of the “temples”, pyramids, in fact, are made up by the archaeologist of the 20th century.

The story that the playing field represents a place for the sacrificial rituals is also made up and based on speculations about the engravings at the great playing field of the Maya in Chichen Itza on Yucatan (Mexico). There are two teams, where one of the team leaders is holding his head in his hand. This inspired the archaeologists several decades ago to establish the claim that this represents the honor one had to win in such a match played before the king deserving the right of the winner to behead them (themselves). Consequently, with this explanation, there came the other one that the heads belonged to the players of the defeated team. Later, someone also had the idea that this is only a symbolic display of “losing the head”.

However, these dangerous assumptions are taken for a “fact” and presented to the public, the education system and visitors.

And, when all these misstatements are disregarded, which are promoted by the official, “pre-arranged” (pseudo) science, we can visit Lamanai in peace and enjoy the cleared sites and things rescued from the jungle gust. 

The ride from Belize City, the place in the Caribbean Sea, where the third of the country’s population resides, to the Orange Walk is about one hour and a half. Here there are no highways, but on the other hand, the traffic is not dense. After the ride, we went sailing 40 kilometres down the New River. Crocodiles, monkeys and swamp birds are in your company during the travel. 

Lamanai is built just by the river which is 800 meters wide at this point. Water, fertile soil, pleasant climate, rich flora and fauna, and, as Sabina had noticed, good and strong energy of the location, are the reasons why the Maya had built their settlement right here.

The “Mask Temple” or the “Mask Pyramid” is a monumental structure constructed in 200 B.C. Originally, there were four huge masks, four meters high, built into the pyramid walls. Carved out of one piece of the limestone, they represented the artistic and construction craftsmanship of the original builders. During the time, the masks got covered by new walls and structural modifications. In fact, thanks to that, two original masks are preserved in a very good condition. One part of the pyramid is reconstructed, so it is possible to climb to its top using the repaired stairs.

The second pyramid, called the “High Temple”, is an extraordinary example of a consistent, “real” pyramid. It is four-sided, and the sides are precisely oriented to the sides of the world: north-south, east-west. My compass did not indicate any deviations. There was a pleasant magnetic field of 25 nanotesla measuring units. The builders understood the astronomy and tracked the Sun’s movement throughout the year.

Officially, the pyramid is 33 meters high. However, it goes a few more meters deep. The construction date is at least one century before the new era. It is stated that the original height is the one we can see today. This means that the reconstructions, modifications and adjustments (happened very often in Mayan world) never affected its height. So, even then they had the advanced knowledge in construction. 

The stairway is unusually high and steep for ascending. They remind me on the Kukulkan Pyramid at Chichen Itza. The steep stairway was inappropriate for the smaller stature that the Maya had, and instead, they produce an echo which mimics the frequency of the sound of Quetzal the sacred bird. In fact, this bird was a symbol of the link between the two dimensions: physical and spiritual. But, also, ascending the pyramid and imitating the sound of a sacred bird summons their ancestors, the demigods, the true Maya.

At the top, on the rectangular base, I raised my hands up in the air. The energy of the pyramid undisturbed flew through me. 

The view is fantastic. The height is adjusted with the highest trees which remain below the top line of the construction. Below me is the river and on the other side is the Caribbean Sea. Tens of kilometres of lush vegetation is hiding many secrets of the Maya. The wind is slapping my face, and giving me a reminder that at the top, we are in the command position in this location.

The guide at the site had participated in several archaeological campaigns. He says that the diggings under the pyramid were performed, but they did not find any chambers or tunnels, only the solid material: stone and binder. The Geo-radar equipment for locating the underground chambers and caverns was not applied four decades ago, and not even two decades ago in the new research.

The third pyramid is called the “Jaguar Temple”. There are several holes in the wall, at the first level of the pyramid, appearing as the figure of Jaguar: nose, eyes, ears and mouth. It is a common appearance of the jaguar in many Mayan cities. The height of this structure is identical to the one of the “High Temple”, but it goes much deeper underground so it is hard to know its real height. It is very well preserved.

The dimension of Mayan playing field is not impressive. All over Central America, there are larger playing fields than this one, better preserved, offering a more convincing image of their original function. But, what surprised me is the gigantic stone marker which is always placed on the playing field. This was the biggest one I saw, with the radius of two and a half meters.

The fact that is almost unnoticed is that the largest quantities of mercury in Mayan world have been found exactly in Lamanai. Mercury is the only liquid metal. It is considered toxic if inhaled or swallowed. But, mercury is a special element. It conducts electricity. A pool of mercury was discovered under the stone marker. It has healing function (it was commonly used in China in medicine). The purpose of mercury in Lamanai will remain in the domain of assumptions.

The tour’s trail passes by many pyramidal constructions and stepped terraces covered with ground. The roots of hundred-year-old trees got into all the pores of these structures.

One stela was discovered here and it tells about a ruler from the 7th century who went “back to the sky” after the 17-year long regency.

A part of the trail, which is the official tourist trail at the present day, was constructed above the original Mayan road. It was called “sacbe”, the white road, always made of stone, about ten meters wide, in a perfectly linear position. It connected Mayan cities and it was more than just a way of communication. Every city was located with precision symbolizing some of the constellations. When travelling between the cities, symbolically, it represents crossing the path between two solar systems. At the same time, the roads were the energy communication flows between the Mayan settlements. 

The Spanish destroyed the sacbe roads, cutting off the umbilical, the life cord between the Mayan cities. 

The British, as well as the Spanish, did not give much attention to the achievements of an unknown civilization. They left it in oblivion. Lamanai was forgotten for almost 300 years. Not until 1970’s when the first serious archaeological exploration and reconstruction took place. 

Today, this is a tourist touring site, with a ten dollar entrance fee and the stories adjusted to the undemanding and ordinary tourists.

MEDITATION

At the top of the “High Pyramid. I receive information that the “Mask Temple” was built by the ruler of that time. His figure is engraved on the first mask from the left, on the west side of the pyramid. His wife is on the other mask. The pyramid is not perfectly oriented because it was not constructed for the energy function, but only as the legacy of this ruler. The main pyramid was strong with energy and the clergy had sensed it. Below the pyramid, there was a cleared yard, and right across it, there was another wide stepped building. The inhabitants gathered in between the two constructions. While they stood at the top of the pyramid, the rulers were at the top of the world, higher than the people. This is how they were emphasizing their divine origin.

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