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April 22, 2021

Maya Myth Moment–Destruction in the Popol Vuh

Maya Myth Moment–Destruction in the Popol Vuh

Editor’s Note: Apparently, the Maya didn’t predict the rise of a stomach virus here in Dallas either.  We’re a day behind but will make it all up Friday.

Today’s Maya Myth Moment features Dr. Barb MacLeod talking about the differences in the use of descriptions about destruction in the Maya creation stories of the Popol Vuh and how they’re different in stone monuments. She also elaborates about their understanding of cycles, which is critical to understanding what the may have or may not have expected with the coming end.

If you’re in Dallas, Texas, we encourage you to watch tonight’s 10 p.m. airing of WFAA Channel 8’s newscast with Robecca Lopez, who will be reporting on our book for iPad made by Claxton Creative with Dr. Mark Van Stone.  Once we have a link to the story, we’ll also share it here.


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Are you getting ready for the Annular Eclipse?

We had contemplated a trip to Lubbock, Texas this weekend to be ready for the first annular eclipse to happen in the United States in the past 18 years, but with us nearing the completion of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya as a multi-touch book for the iPad/interactive book for the iPad/iBook for the iPad (Did you read our post from ClaxtonCreative.com?) we thought it’d be better use of our time to stay in Dallas and work on that.

We are on the hunt for a great place in Dallas to shoot the cosmic event and we’re thinking that something involving the new Calatrava Bridge downtown will be just the ticket. It’s only supposed to be an eclipse of about 67 percent here in Dallas, so no ring of fire stuff, but hey, it’ll be something special to watch nonetheless.

Eclipse Anular

Eclipse Anular (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is there going to be darkness near you?

Does this eclipse have anything to do with Mayan prophecy?

Lots of things to discuss.  Obviously, like we did with the Supermoon, we’ll welcome your photos of the celestial happenings.

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Meeting Dr. Van Stone at the Society for American Archaeology Meeting

Early this afternoon, photographer Jamal Jackson and I arrived in Memphis, TN from our drive from Dallas, TX.  We had some great conversations about how to approach video that’s going to be added to Dr. Mark Van Stones interactive book for the iPad on 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.  From Jamal I learned the term of “intentional” interviews and video.  In other words, don’t do like this lead and get straight to the point.

Tonight at 9 p.m. I got a call from Dr. Van Stone who had just landed at Memphis International.  Not having actually met him in person, I jumped at the chance to take the 2012 Buick on loan to us from GM of Texas to the airport to pick him up and take him to the Memphis Marriott Downtown where the Society for American Archaeology is holding its annual meeting.

TWE Sunset on the Mississippi River

We are here in part to shoot a series of video clips for his upcoming book and to gain some great insight into the world of American archeaologists.  Already I’ve been awed at the intelligence of the people here.  And I am impressed with how friendly the people who I have met are.

There’s a video loading to YouTube that will be added to this post when it completes loading.  But the hotel we’re in has horrible upload speeds and so it’s going to take till the morning to do what should take 10 minutes at the most anywhere else on the planet.  For safety reasons, once we’re gone, I’ll say where we are so you will know if you ever need to stay in Memphis, to at least take this point into consideration.  We do have a nice clean room that’s not at the convention site and actually, about 1/4 of the price of a room there per night….

Okay, gotta get some rest.  Big day tomorrow.


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Writings Of The Anasazi Mysteries Left Behind

By Allen Manning

One door’s between fallen floors.  Leaves of past pages turning quickly with few words of explanation. Each step gingerly taken to avoid awakening time’s dusty demons.

I find new questions with fewer answers.

Anasazi Ruins By Allen Manning

Yet onward into tumbling walls hearing ancient voices from the walls call.

“Come to now, see yesterday, help us resell what had till now been forgotten.  The stories laid between the stones.  The hopes wound around beams now on earth prone, there between the ruble where one people roamed, remain the dreams our ancestors once called home.

Not your ancestors you say!

Look in the faces of those who remain and tel me you cannot see someone you know or knew.

Look at the buildings and see what a thousand homes still carry, walls with images long ago captured, not unlike yours; black and white to colors etched.

Where do you go after building great cities of stone and mud?

From where did you come and in what language did you direct each wall’s construction?

Are you still listening, still asking or waiting for a new tongue your story to repeat.

From what navel came your civilization’s birth and into what abyss have you gone?

Civilization marches on.  What name will it carry in our children’s songs?

What name shall we call you brothers, sisters, long gone?

What name?

Setting up interviews with a noted expert in the Chaco people’s world, based right here in Dallas at SMU.  More soon….




Anasazi Ruins By Allen Manning

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@RoadMonkeyOne All Set For The Road

This morning we got Allen Manning’s 2012 Equinox from @GMTexas all decked out with official markings from The Wonders Expedition.  He’s headed out west in about an hour.

Here’s the car to be looking for along the way.  He has Chevy prizes to hand out and we’ve got some here in Dallas, too.

If you see the car, take a photo of it and text it with the hashtag of #TWEChevy.  You very well may win a prize for your hard work!


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Chevy Delivers 2012 Equinox to Allen Manning for Trip to Anasazi Country

Our own Allen Manning departs Dallas tomorrow headed to the Four Corners Region of the United States to begin work on our interactive book about Chaco Canyon and the Anasazi Indians.  Watch the video of Allen Manning in his 2012 Equinox, Courtesy of @GMTexas

He just took delivery of the car, which will be decked out with identification information about TheWondersExpedition.com and our sponsor, GM of Texas, with the hashtag of #TWEChevy.

Allen’s got some great prizes to give away, too, from those who might spy the car on the road between here and New Mexico.  If you see the car, take a photo of it and then tweet it with the #TWEChevy hashtag.  You might just win some very cool stuff from Chevy!

Again, we offer a special thanks to Vicki Cosgrove of GM Texas for helping make this even possible.

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The Wonders Expedition on the Road

Just came across this photo of late December in Destin, FL at the beach at sunrise.

Thanks, Chevy for making that adventure possible.  We had a good business meeting the night before and then had another good one in Tallahassee later that day before driving all the way back to Dallas that afternoon and into the next morning.

(While you’re here, take a peek around, follow us on Twitter (@Archeoastronomy) and LIKE us on Facebook.)

We are in the process of creating an incredible series of Interactive Books through iBooks 2 that Apple announced last week. With our products one will be able to go through history archeoastronomic sites around the world and feel like you’re there.  And if you ARE there, you’ll have the world’s best tour guide on your iPad.  How about that?

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