Thursday, July 19, 2012

Egypt, Mexico, Peru: What Subject Do They Share?

No matter how many times you here about Egypt, Mexico or Peru you know that there will be something that you will find interesting. These countries are not the only ones but they stand out as far as they have one thing in common. All of them were advanced in Astronomy.
In Egypt there are hundreds of sites that were astronomically aligned. Most of them with great precision. To name one or two you have to look at Karnak, Luxor where the great axis that runs through the Temple of Amun aligns with the midsummer sunrise. Most of what we see there dates back to the New Kingdom around the year 1567 -1086 BC.
Another place is Giza where we find the remarkable pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. The Great Pyramid is said to have ventilation shafts that points to certain stars and the three pyramids are believed to symbolize the belt of Orion, the hunter, one of the most prominent constellation in the sky.
This South American country is the proud owner of Machu Pichu, an ancient mountain-top city. Here you do not only stand amazed at the stones that had to be brought there but there is enough evidence to support the fact that this city was built so that it incorporated astronomy into its design. It is a mystery why the builders needed such precise measurements and yet it is their ability to have done that one should rather focus on.
In the 2000 year old Mexican city of Yeotihuacan a street grid has been discovered that is skew 15.5 east-of-north. This according to some research might be based on when the Pleiades or better known as the Seven Sisters first appears at dawn each year.
A possible Explanation
Agricultural purposes. While this is not always the case, there are instances where a definite connection between the alignment of sites with certain constellation have something to do with seasonal planting and sowing of crops.
Religious and Cosmological purposes
The ancients lived in a magical world where rituals took precedence over physical activity. From records, we know that the significance of rituals was so great that these civilizations would never have taken a chance. They simply had to know when the solar eclipse would be to be prepared. The same with planting and sowing. The beacon of time they used was the sun, stars, planets all which are studied by Astronomy.
Leon Steyn is interested in Astronomy, Archaeology, Religion, Anthropology, Ancient Cultures, Spirituality and Writing fiction and non-fiction. Have a look at how he incorporated these topics in his spiritual fiction online e-book Ozymandeus or email him at for more detail.
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