Research on Intelligent Design

To put together scientific advances from the perspective of Intelligent Design.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Maya and Archaeological Decoding

Tablero del Bulto, Templo XVI
What are those Mayas doing?

[A picture from: “Tablero del Bulto, Grupo XVI. Caliza, 40 x 29 cm. Museo de sitio Alberto Ruz Lhuillier, Palenque Chiapas”]

Some of the other broken links described in comments:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They appear to be hauling in a fishing net, but it's hard to tell. If that's the nose of a large cat on the lower left, perhaps they are netting a wild animal.

However, I fail to see how interpreteting a Mayan carving has anything to do with evolution.

Friday, January 06, 2006 8:05:00 AM  
Blogger fdocc said...

This blog "Research on Intelligent Design" is devoted to any area in which the ID inference can successfully be applied or where ID has already been used empirically. In Intelligent Design Theory: Why it Matters Jay Richards declared "Scientists already use the design inference intuitively in fields such as cryptography, archaeology and forensics" [My emphasis]

Related to ID in Archaeology, I just posted, in Common Patterns in the Ancient World , that "by studying the Archaeological patterns for the non-Israelite cultures of the old world, we can identify their common elements."

Related to the Maya Tablero del Bulto we can consider an additional element of information that I have found:

In the several Maya Ball Games (not only the famous one with the high and small vertical hole at the top (i.e., Chichen Itza) , and played with the hips using a rubber ball) but in its other variants, like the one to throw a big great ball down the stone stairs... where the "ball" for such "games" was a complete human being compressed to form the big ball... (other times they used to play their "game" with a human head)

“A text in La Amelia Stela 2 reads: he threw it, The-Guardian-of-the-Jaguar [was] the name of the ball (yalah u chan Balamnal u k’aba Bolon-nab)”.

Here is direct hieroglyphic evidence that captives were bound and used as balls (Grube and Schele, Six-Staired Ballcourts (Wak-Ebnal), Copán Note 83, 1990, Honduras: Copán Mosaics Project and the Instituto Hondureño de Antropología ).

“captives really did roll down... to suffer and die in mock play... with a ball made from the body of a bound sacrificial victim... The balls... really were tightly bound captives... Hieroglyphic stairs pictured in the center of Bird-Jaguar’s ballgame sequence (Yaxchilan HS 2) record three self-decapitation rituals... [the] ballgame sacrifice renewed the basic covenant between gods and people...” From: Freidel et al, 1993:358-62, 486.

There, in Note 46, of Fig. 8:16b we read “Panel 7, Bird-Jaguar plays ball at the Three-Conquest-Ballcourt-Stair, he prepares to catch his captive on his yoke… Next to him stand two dwarves, one wearing the shell earflare of Chak and both wearing Venus or star signs attached to their arms”:

Panel 7, Bird-Jaguar plays "ball".

We can see also the:

"Lapida Oval, Casa C, el Palacio (MCW)."

And that:

“The Great Ballcourt (at Chich’en Itza) has relief scenes carved on large panels... two teams of seven players each, face each other across a ball with a skull engraved on it. The player to the immediate left of the ball holds the severed head of the captive whose unfortunate corpse kneels on the other side of the ball in the position of a player. His neck stump spurts seven streams of blood shaped like serpents... we believe the contest pits Maya against Maya [not “prisoners of war”, as others have suggested. At the right side of the Ballcorut there is “the skull rack”]”:

(Freidel et al, 1993:376-79)

The only other site with the picture featured in this posting is not so clear:
Tablero del Bulto, Templo XVI

Nowhere else I have found any explanation for "El Bulto". So, using its available patterns and features, as well as other related evidence (as ID infers), thus far I can conclude that "El Bulto" is a human being that is being "prepared" for the Mayan "big ball" game, being himself the "ball" for such evil " game".

Why not a simple net for fish or for mammals, as Anonymous declared...?

Because if you look carefully, the second and the third Maya men are holding the bulk in the opposite direction of the victim (presumably a human) located at the lower left, sharply detected by anonymous (though he/she considered it to be a large cat or a wild animal). For me, the second and the third Maya men are holding the bulk while melted rubber (or some sort of liquid) is entering on it... while the first Maya seems to be checking on the “consistency” for the bulk... I think that such image was so terrible that it was deliberately broken by whoever it was that initially found it on recent times.

Friday, January 06, 2006 10:50:00 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home