MAYAN GODS AND THEIR PRACTICE OF HUMAN SACRIFICE
"The Mayan People Thought Every 52 Years The World Would End, With The Sun Failing To Shine"
By Synthia Esther
November 23, 2009
The country of the Mayas is in Middle America, in an area about the size of France. It spreads across Guatemala, Belize, parts of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador. “The history of the peoples who created the Mayan civilization can be traced back to about 2,500 BC. From this time until about 300 BC is known as the formative period. This was followed by the so called pre-classical period.
"The classical age, which came next, achieved its full flowering in Peten, and particularly at Tikal, which had become a major ceremonial centre by about AD 200. This period extended for more than 600 years, and the civilization in Peten did not crumble until late in the 9th Century” - (The Worlds Last Mysteries, Pleasantville, New York/Montreal, Seventh Printing, March 1982, page 274; First published in France as Les Demiers Mysteres du Monde).
There is no record of a Mayan empire in a political sense. There were independent cities, which included culture, religion, and a common writing system. The highest authority in each city was an individual who appears to have combined religious and civil power. He was both high priest and war leader, as were the first Egyptian pharaohs in the time of the pyramids.
HEREDITARY NOBILITY, POWER AND RITUAL
The ruling elite devoted itself to managing the city's affairs and extending the knowledge which was necessary to establish the religious calendar and perform rites. Key to life and society was the power of the hereditary nobility, knowledge and ritual. Such ritual religious rites inculded blood letting and human sacrifice. The Mayan people had their gods, and their gods had them. They were in emotional bondage to appease the gods. With little, if any regard for the sanctity of human life.
The religious acts were performed on certain fixed dates, and were considered necessary in “order to hold the world in its orbit and prevent it from falling into an abyss of nothingness. Sacrificial rites and rites of purification in honor of the gods of the rain and the sun were considered essential to the prosperity of the agriculture on which the Mayas depended” (page 275).
Priests at the “Chichen Itza” probably laid the hearts of the sacrificial victims on a reclining figure (called a Chacmool), with a human face holding what looks to be an alter tray in the center of its lap. Dr. Elizabeth Hallam, armed with the knowledge of a medieval monastic history Ph.D., wrote the book, “Gods And Goddesses – A Treasury of Deities and Tales from World Mythology,” Macmillian, New York, Ny.
Dr. Hallam concludes the following:
" The gods and religious practices of the Central American native peoples – the Maya, Toltecs and Aztecs – survive rarely and only in attenuated forms. The Spanish conquistadors and the missionaries who followed them were determined to stamp out the cults of deities such as Huitzilopochtli, god of war and the sun, the devouring earth doggess Coatlicue, and Tezcatlipoca, sorceror god of the smoking mirror, with their focus on human sacrifice – while removing the gold and silver that was a prominent feature in their worship”(page 9).
DR. HALLAM DOCUMENTS THE MAYAN'S PRACTICE OF BLOOD-LETTING AND HUMAN SACRIFICE TO THEIR GODS
Tlaloc, a pre-Aztec rain god with a close affinity to the Mayan god Chac, was one of the most powerful gods in the Aztec pantheon. He could bring water to make the corn grow. His benevolence was of utmost importance, and at the end of the dry season many small children were ritually sacrificed on mountain top alters to ensure that a season of plenty would follow (page 66).
Yum Kaax, a corn god worshiped by the Mayans, was also called “Lord of the Forests.” Depicted as a handsome youth with a receding forehead and an ear of corn in his headdress, he was considered a guardian of agriculture. Offered to this god was their blood each April, to ensure a regular supply of food throughout the year (page 81).
Ekchuah was one of the most striking gods of the Maya pantheon, with black-rimmed eyes, and a scorpion's tail. He had two different, semi-conflicting, roles. He was a benign god of merchants and travelers, as well as a Black War Leader (page 130).
Itzamna was a sun god, and lord of the east and west, and of day and night. He was founder of the Mayan capital and brought maize and cocoa to mankind, established religious ceremonies and rituals, and divided out the land. He was the most revered and benevolent, god of the Maya pantheon. Although Itzamna was benevolent, at Chichen Itza, in the Yucatan peninsula, human sacrifices were regularly made to the gigantic statue of a crocodile, thought to represent him. This was done to ensure that he did not turn against the people he had greatly benefited (page 141).
Ixtab was the Maya guardian goddess of suicides, who was thought to preside over the paradise of the blessed. She is portrayed as a hanged woman dangling from the sky with a noose around her neck. Her eyes are closed, with her checks showing the first signs of her decomposition (page 165).
THE MAYAN'S WERE VERY SUPERSTITIOUS PEOPLE. MAURICE CHATELAIN WRITES IN HIS BOOK, "OUR ANCESTORS CAME FROM OUTER SPACE," CONCERNING THE MAYAN'S RELIGOUS RITES OF HUMAN SACRIFICE:
The Mayas celebrated 73 sacred years with 52 profane years. After extinguishing all the fires in the household, they smashed all the pots and pans in the kitchen. They then sat up all night long in fear and trepidation that the end of the world might occur, with the Sun failing to shine (Chapter Two, page 57). When the Sun rose again the next morning, the Mayas had to acknowledge that the world was alive and well. They relit their fires and sacrificed a few virgins and prisoners, to enjoy life for another 52 years.
"Evidently, every 104 years, when the planets Mercury and Venus were in conjunction with the Sun, and especially every 312 years, when Mars joined the group, the celebration was even bigger and the number of virgins and prisoners sacrificed was substantially increaed." - (page 58)
This reminds me of the children's story, "Chicken Little" who started the rumor, "The Sky Is Falling." And the Mayan's are who many quote as evidence of a great Earth Cycle of Change, or the world coming to an end as we know it?
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE HAVE TO SAY?
JEHOVAH GOD WARNS HIS CHILDREN AGAINST SUCH DETESTABLE SIN AS HUMAN SACRIFICE
The name of a heathen divintiy – god, who was worshipped in the later history of the kingdom of Judah. As the national god of the Ammonites, he was also known as “Milcom” (1st King 11:5,7), or “Malcam” (2nd Sam 12:30,31; compare Jere. 49:1,3; Zeph 1:5, as some revised versions read in the margin “their king”).
“And they built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Benhinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered my mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.” - Jeremiah 32:35
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does there things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.” - Deuteronomy 18:10-13
“...Any man from the sons of Isreal or from the aliens sojourning in Israel, who gives any of his off-spring to Molech, shall surely be put to death;...If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death, then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut off from among trheir people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech.” - Leviticus 20:2-5
“Neither shall you give anyof your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the Lord.” - Leviticus 18:21
“Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the Lord your God.” - Leviticus 19:4
“For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.” - Psalm 96:4-6
JESUS CHRIST SHED HIS BLOOD ON CALVARY'S CROSS, SO WE DON'T HAVE TO! - JOHN 3:16
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