Welcome Mysterios to our FIRST Meetup for Mysterious Ancient Civilizations!
Our host for our Meetup is Anomaly Archives: The Library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute (501c3)
Meeting to be held in second floor conference room. Access into building is limited, door person will be at the front door to allow guests to enter. Door may be locked 10 minutes after meeting starts, please try to arrive before 3PM.
Suggested donation $5 in support of Anomaly Archives.
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Dr Barbara MacLeod is possibly the first woman to lead an Indiana Jones type of life! Her career began while working for the Peace Corps as a cave explorer for the Department of Archaeology for the government of Belize, exploring caves that no one had been in for over 1500 years. In Guatemala, she was a river guide for Sierra Club trips.
Dr MacLeod received her Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 1990 in anthropology, specializing in Mayan languages and culture. She has taught at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Join us as she takes us on a journey of the metaphysical ideology of the Classic Maya royal court through translations of hieroglyphs found on cups from the Maya royal dynasty.
“The ancient Maya practiced state shamanism, in which kings and their families engaged in conjuring deities and ancestors and made offerings of their own blood to feed the earth. War captives were common offerings as well. Mythological scenes on royal drinking-cups placed in tombs feature serpent-deities conjured amid altered states of consciousness, and it is now possible to speculate on the entheogenic plants used. Sometimes the conjurors themselves were deities. This practice was fundamental to Maya kingship and became fossilized and codified in the form of the "ceremonial serpent bar" worn by kings at the accessions at major events in the calendar. Infants were also sacrificed, although likely not those of royalty; another mythic theme on these cups depicts the sacrifice of a human baby who becomes an infant jaguar as he transitions from one world to the next. All of this is orchestrated by k'awiil--the metaphysical manifestation of lightning. This is an origin myth, archaic at the time these vases were painted. It functioned as a charter for the ongoing reciprocity between humans and gods required for the perpetuation of the royal dynasty, the fecundity of the earth, and the reliability of the rains.” Dr. Barbara MacLeod
If the cups could talk, oh the stories we would hear!
We hope you’ll join us on a journey of myths, ceremonies, royalty, and sacrifices of the Maya civilization.
Mysterious Ancient Civilizations Organizer,