New Mayan “Temple of the Night Sun” Discovered
A Pre-Columbian Mayan temple has been discovered in the El Zotz kingdom in Guatemala. Archaeologists started digging on the site in 2010 when they found the Diablo pyramid and first noticed the possibility of the new temple find. After some time excavating their way into the kingdom, they’ve announced the discovery of the Temple of the Night Sun.
The temple features several five foot high stucco morphing masks on the exterior that show a sun god shape shifting from a shark, into a blood drinker, and then a jaguar. The experts believe that the shark references the sun rising over the Caribbean in the east. Scholars are hoping that this new site provides them the clues necessary to link theories about Mayan sun god worship. The Maya made particular care to preserve this sight before building on top of it (which is contrary to most Mayan structures which typically get destroyed when built over).
The masks (and the temple itself) on the outside of the temple feature a bright red pigment that would have a luminescent effect in the evening and meant to be seen during the setting of the sun. They believe this is because the Tikal site is practically their next door neighbor. They also found that the temple was abruptedly abandoned in the fifth century, (an apocalyptic event of sorts? Or extraterrestrial abductions?).
“It’s like they just dropped their tools and left” in the middle of once again expanding the temple, Houston said. “I think what you’re looking at is the death of a dynasty.”
They’re hopeful to uncover much more, as of this writing they’ve only exposed 30% of the temple’s façade.
Brown University’s Stephen Houston said this about the sun worship of the Maya:
“The sun was a key element of Maya rulership,” Houston says. “It was an icon which they linked very deliberately to royal lines, royal identity, and royal power. It’s the most dominant celestial feature. It’s something that rises every day and penetrates into all nooks and crannies, just as royal power presumably would. This building is one that celebrates this close linkage between the king and this most powerful and dominant of celestial presences.”
Whenever I see terms such as “royal lines” it takes to the theories laid forth by the Ancient Aliens show and various conspiracy theorists like David Icke. For as much grief as the Ancient Aliens theorists get, there’s much to be said about the scholarly experts’ inability to look further than the surface of the subject. Giorgio Tsoukalos always mentions in his interviews how archaeologists and scholars will simply leave the questions of why these ancient civilizations go to such great lengths to worship the sun and other deities. If they continue to gloss over it without digging deeper than all we’re left with for a solution is the Ancient Alien theory.
Video explaining a little bit more on the site: