The Sarcophagus of Pakal and the Astronaut of Palenque

The Temple of the Inscriptions

In the archaeological site of Palenque, in the state of Chiapas in Mexico, is the famous "Temple of Inscriptions" ("Bʼolon Yej Teʼ Naah" or "House of the Nine Sharp Spears") the largest of the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican stepped pyramids, belonging to the Maya civilization.
The structure, which sits atop an eight-step pyramid, has five entrances at the front surrounded by quays bearing both carved images and Mayan script from which the name derives.
It was built as a funerary monument for K'inich Janaab 'Pakal, ajaw or king of Palenque, in the 7th century, and has proved to be of fundamental importance in the study of Mayan culture, thanks to the extraordinary amount of hieroglyphic inscriptions found on the building and the artifacts found inside Pakal's tomb.
Inside the temple, in fact, Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier discovered the staircase that led to this sepulchre.

The Sarcophagus of Pakal and the Astronaut of Palenque-The Temple of Inscriptions

The sarcophagus of Pakal

Among the objects found it is worth noting the sarcophagus of the sovereign whose lid is richly decorated with the effigy of Pakal on top of the "Monster of the Earth", below him are the open jaws of a jaguar, symbolizing Xibalba (the afterlife) and above him there is demon-bird, the "Bird of Heaven" which symbolo of the kingdom of the gods, perched on top of the Mesoamerican World Tree (represented by a cross) which, in turn, holds a snake in its branches.
The ornaments along the edges represent the sky and other glyphs the sun and the moon and, still others, his ancestors and Pakal's place among them.

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The interpretation of archaeologists

Traditional archaeologists believe that the illustration depicts the king descending into the underworld: the Mayans believed that the roots of the World Tree extended into the underworld, the trunk on the ground plane and the branches above into heaven, even though they have no established with certainty whether the king is depicted either at the moment of his death, falling from the earthly plane towards the Xibalba or at the moment of his resurrection from the underworld, while climbing the World Tree towards heaven. In the underworld, we see an image of the Maya "Solar Monster" that Pakal is riding in the underworld.
Pakal is suspended between two worlds, the sky and the underworld: in Mayan art, in fact, every time you see a so-called "traveler" (one intransition person from one world to another), there must be something that makes this journey possible. The transition between two worlds could be represented by a twisted umbilical cord, but almost always, as in this case, by a snake, often a two-headed snake, typical of Mayan iconography.

The relationship with the Ancient Astronaut Theory

The supporters of the Ancient Astronaut Theory, however, propose a totally different reading: the king in fact would be represented driving a spaceship or a capsule, a kind of mask or respirator (someone speaks of a telescope) in front of the face and would be intent on manipulating the controls, the feet are resting on what looks like a pedal while outside the cabin there would be a flame of ignition, hence the nickname of "the Astronaut of Palenque". In fact, there would be an incredible similarity between the appearance of the current atronauts equipped with space suits, and this representation: does this artifact have only a symbolic and metaphorical value or did the ancient Maya want to represent by the tool of that time something they had actually witnessed?
Is it possible that King Pakal was not just a ruler but an important alien visitor from another world?
Scholars, researchers and ufologists including Erich von Daniken, Paul Francis and George A Tzoukalos share this hypothesis and argue that the sarcophagus of Pakal is one of the most important evidence in favor of the Paleocontact theory and the existence of ancient aliens.

The Sarcophagus of Pakal and the Astronaut of Palenque-José Arguelles aka Valum Votan

José Arguelles, author of the "Mayan Factor: path beyond technology", was recognized by representatives of the ancient Mayans as the «reincarnation» of King Pakal (to which is added the apellative "Votan") as «Closer of the Cycle». According to his opinion, the ancient Maya were in fact not only and simply terrestrial but galactic beings that at some point in the history covered their traces.
Since 1987 Arguelles has described the meaning of the end of the Old Time predicted in 2012, from which we would enter the New Age of Earth as described by the Prophecies left to us by the Galactic Mayans, according to which Time would be transformed to return at 13 Moons of 28 days, the Natural Time, compared to the mechanical time in which we have been immersed for millennia.
After the end of the cycle (21-12-2012) and with the arrival of the new one, the Maya would return to Earth on their spaceships.

As everyone knows, there is no intelligence in coercion or forcing another into action or realization. And if the name of the galactic game is superior, intelligent harmonization, it must be played so that the local intelligence is taught or shown how it works in such a manner that it comes to its own conclusions.
In other words, the galactic code of honor is to manifest and demonstrate harmony by whatever means possible.

-Jose Arguelles

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