Deluge of Atlantis

Deluge of Atlantis
Deluge of Atlantis

Monday, January 28, 2013

Seeing Stars

One of the remarkable things about ancient artwork on both sides of the Atlantic use the stylisation that stars are shown as five-pointed objects. This occurs both in Ancient Egypt and in Mesoamerica [Thor Heyerdahl illustrates examples in American Indians in the Pacific]
Mayan 5-poined star, old engraving
 and a public-domain image.

[The common four-pointed star of the New World (Lamat in Mayan) represents the planet Venus] The Five-pointed stylisation probably comes from using starfish as the real-life model, and this mythological association seems to be one of a series of several mythological associations of seashells derived from Atlantis in ancient times.

I do however also find a Mayan zodiac which has correspondances to Old World equivalents and I reproduce it here:

According to Linda Schele the names are: Aries (Kuc= Quetzal), Libra (Xoc = shark) Taurus (Kuh =
 owl), Scorpius (Sinan-Ek'=scorpion) Gemini (Ak-Ek'=turtle), Sagitarrius (Chan= rattlesnake), Capricorn (Balam= jaguar), Cancer (Ok= dog?), Pisces (Zotz= bat), Virgo (Chitam= peccary)

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