Some History - Jack Paulus


solar serpent  [Explore]

solar serpent [Explore]

The Mayans designed this pyramid, the Temple of Kukulkan (a.k.a. El Castillo) at Chichén-Itzá, as a physical manifestation of the Mayan calendar and one of its properties is that when oblique sunlight strikes the side of the staircase the light becomes the body of the serpent whose head is represented at the bottom. At the Spring and Fall equinoxes this sunlight forms symmetrical triangles that represent the snake slithering down the pyramid. This photo was taken about 2 and a half weeks before the Spring equinox but even so it creates a respectable serpent. You can see the full effect and find more information here: Oh, that and a lot of human sacrifices were made here as well. Best viewed on black: