Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ahuizotl's tomb found

The tomb of Aztec leader Ahuizotl has possibly been located in Mexico City. I believe he was the Revered Speaker right before Motecuzoma.
Yahoo has a slideshow here (it's a weird pop-up, not sure how the link will work) with a brief blurb that basically says that beneath a stone monolith carved with a representation of Tlaltecuhtli, the Aztec god of the earth, Mexican archaeologists, using ground-penetrating radar, have detected underground chambers they believe contain the remains of Emperor Ahuizotl, who ruled the Aztecs when Columbus landed in the New World.
The AP article says the site is off Mexico City's Zocalo plaza, between the Metropolitan Cathedral and the ruins of the Templo Mayor pyramid. A colonial-era building (built on top of the ruins of Tenochtitlan) fell down in an earthquake, and now archeologists can get to the spot. The archaeologists say Archaeologists say ..they have located what appears to be a six-foot-by-six-foot entryway into the tomb about 15 feet below ground. The passage is filled with water, rocks and mud, forcing workers to dig delicately while suspended from slings. Pumps work to keep the water level down. ... As early as this fall, they hope to enter the inner chambers — a damp, low-ceilinged space — and discover the ashes of Ahuizotl, who was likely cremated on a funeral pyre in 1502.
Ashes aren't as good as a mummy--not much to examine. But still, if there are grave goods --gold and treasure unplundered by Cortez...imagine what might be down there waiting for us?
In the lower right corner of the picture, in Tlaltecuhtli's hand, you can see the 10 dots and rabbit signifying the year 10 Rabbit...1502, when Ahuizotl died. 13 Cimi 14 Yaxkin

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

4 Caban-Ollin-Earthquake

Today's 4 Caban (4 Ollin)--the symbol in the middle of the Aztec calendar stone which denotes the end of the age.
I've always found it interesting that no one advocating the "2012 is the end of the calendar/world" theory can explain the discrepancy. 12-21-2012 is 4 Ahau (Xochitl). 4 Caban 5 Yaxkin

Monday, August 06, 2007

Aztec pyramid found

According to this article, one of the many pyramids destroyed by Cortez and his merry band has been unearthed in Mexico city:
Archaeologists have discovered what they think are ruins of an Aztec pyramid razed by vengeful Spanish conquerors in what is now one of Mexico City's most crime-ridden districts.
Construction workers unearthed ancient walls in the busy Iztapalapa neighborhood in June, and government archeologists said Wednesday they believe they may be part of the main pyramid of the Aztec city, destroyed by conquistador Hernan Cortes in the 16th century.
"The main pyramid"? What the Spanish called the Temple Mayor? I thought they already found that--in 1978. The pyramid couldn't be so big that they'd find another piece of it far away. I tried to find a map of Mexico City showing all the various ruin sites, but they were all lame or not functional. 4 Yaxkin 3 Cib

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Why the world is degenerating

This is the best rant ever...and I wish I wrote it.
Choice tidbits, of the moist and juicy kind:
Who are you to judge? Who are you to say that the more than slightly creepy 39-year-old woman from Arkansas who just gave birth to her 16th child yes that's right 16 kids and try not to cringe in phantom vaginal pain when you say it, who are you to say Michelle Duggar is not more than a little unhinged and sad and lost?
And furthermore, who are you to suggest that her equally troubling husband -- whose name is, of course, Jim Bob and he's hankerin' to be a Republican senator and try not to wince in sociopolitical pain when you say that -- isn't more than a little numb to the real world, and that bringing 16 hungry mewling attention-deprived kids (and she wants more! Yay!) into this exhausted world zips right by "touching" and races right past "disturbing" and lurches its way, heaving and gasping and sweating from the karmic armpits, straight into "Oh my God, what the hell is wrong with you people?"
It's wrong to be this judgmental. Wrong to suggest that it is exactly this kind of weird pathological protofamily breeding-happy gluttony that's making the world groan and cry and recoil, contributing to vicious overpopulation rates and unrepentant economic strain and a bitter moral warpage resulting from a massive viral outbreak of homophobic neo-Christians across our troubled and Bush-ravaged land.
Perhaps the point is this: Why does this sort of bizarre hyperbreeding only seem to afflict antiseptic megareligious families from the Midwest? In other words--...assuming that they will all be tragically encoded with the values of the homophobic asexual Christian right -- where are the forces that shall help neutralize their effect on the culture? Where is the counterbalance, to offset the damage?
Where is, in other words, the funky tattooed intellectual poetess who, along with her genius anarchist husband, is popping out 16 funky progressive intellectually curious fashion-forward pagan offspring to answer the Duggar's squad of über-white future Wal-Mart shoppers? Where is the liberal, spiritualized, pro-sex flip side? ...
Perhaps this the scariest aspect of our squishy birthin' tale: Maybe the scales are tipping to the neoconservative, homogenous right in our culture simply because they tend not to give much of a damn for the ramifications of wanton breeding and environmental destruction and pious sanctimony, whereas those on the left actually seem to give a whit for the health of the planet and the dire effects of overpopulation.
Hell, gay couples still can't openly adopt a baby in most states ..., but Michelle Duggar can pop out 16 kids and no one says, oh my freaking God, stop it, stop it now, you thoughtless, selfish, baby-drunk people.

Do I even need to comment? Go, follow the link and read the whole thing. Then pop over to the Voluntary Human Extinction site. 3 Yaxkin 2 Men