The ancient city of Teotihuacán and its mysteries
The city of Teotihuacán and its ancient inhabitants, the Teotihuacanos, are still a mystery to archaeologists in many ways. Teotihuacán is the name that the Aztecs gave to this city but not even they knew who founded it, moreover the quasi-hieroglyphic writing of this population has not been deciphered and for this reason there are still many secrets surrounding the history and uses. of the people who once lived in Teotihuacan. We do not even know what was the language spoken within the city and what was the name given to this place by its founders.
Teotihuacán: an important center of the ancient world
The city is believed to have been founded around 100 BC. and with an estimated population of 150,000 at its peak (around AD 500), Teotihuacán certainly held great importance in that geographic area. From the ruins of the city it was possible to establish that a large part of the population lived in houses similar to modern apartments, near the center, just like in many cities of the modern era.
The mysterious end of Teotihuacán
After what is believed to be its heyday, around the 7th century the city of Teotihuacán saw the end of its history. The evident traces of fire in the past led archaeologists to think that it had been invaded and plundered by a rival population, however today the theory that is the most popular is that which speaks of a revolt of the poor classes against the nobles; the theory is based on the fact that the buildings showing the signs of the famous fire are precisely those in the center, reserved for the nobles and exponents of religion. It is also assumed that some climatic changes that occurred around the middle of the millennium led to famines and consequent popular uprisings of the poor against the elites of the city.
The Ancient Astronauts: An Alternative Theory
The great aura of mystery surrounding the city and its population, coupled with the difficulty for archaeologists to understand many aspects of this topic have encouraged proponents of the ancient astronaut theory to find alternative explanations for both the importance of this settlement and the for the relatively rapid abandonment of this city.
It is precisely the end of this story that gave rise to these theories, given that some speculate that the great fire that occurred in Teotihuacán was not caused by a popular uprising, but by a strong explosion in the main pyramid, used at the time as a electromagnetic power plant for the benefit of a non-terrestrial population.
Mercury under the city
One of the recent discoveries that led the ancient astronaut theorists to believe these hypotheses plausible is the finding of abundant liquid mercury inside tunnels positioned below the pyramid complex. This seemingly inexplicable find is considered by some to be part of a power system of some kind, a necessary technology for spaceships used by the aliens who would then use the site as a large station, an airport for their own spacecraft. It must be said that even in the ancient Vimana of the Indian tradition there is mention of mercury in relation to the locomotion systems used for interstellar travel.
Reasons for the presence of mercury in the tunnels
As can be easily understood, the explanation that archaeologists have given themselves regarding the presence of the tunnels and the chambers connected to them is of a religious / ritual type. Mercury itself has a very peculiar aspect and was considered very precious by the ancient Mesoamerican populations, probably for its reflective aspect. These reasons therefore lead official science to consider the entire underground system of Teotihuacán a sort of mausoleum, reserved for members of the local nobility. On the other hand, the very fact that mercury was found in hidden and difficult to access places, together with the ritual nature of the whole complex, leads many skeptics and independent researchers to hypothesize theories relating to a hypothetical propulsion system for spaceships, or the presence of a technology used in ancient times by extraterrestrial visitors; according to these theories the whole site of Teotihuacán could have been a sort of take-off and landing station for their space travel.
During the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica in the 16th century, the Catholic Church's Friar Diego de Landa supervised the burning of hundreds of Maya codices - fig-bark books rich in mythological and astronomical information. Only four Maya codices are known to have survived.
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