Hi Everyone –
Thanks for stopping by my leg of the Author Blog Hop to visit the Mysteries of the Maya!!! I’ve got some fabulous prizes…errr…Treasures for you to win too!!!
Are you ready?
First we’ve got a few rules…
TREASURE QUEST: DISCOVERY LIES BETWEEN THE COVERS:Mega Author Blog Hop Tour (July 17-25)
1) HAVE FUN!!!
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3) THIS TOUR RUNS – July 17th – 25th
Winners will be drawn and posted June 26th! ***
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Night Walker, Book 1 of my Night Series, is being released August 2nd, and will open the door to a new breed of immortals! Night Walkers are similar to vampires, they feed on blood and are dead when the sun rises, but unlike vampires, at night their hearts beat, they breathe, and they’re also connected to their own spirit animal. They can shift their form to their spirit animal at will.
Night Walkers are descended from the Mayans, from the original four immortal brothers who held up the world, North, South, East, and West.
So while we’re on this treasure hunt, I thought I would take you down to the jungles of the Yucatan, to the place where Night Walkers began….
This is the view from the top of the Chichen Itza pyramid. As you can see, there are many more Mayan mysteries deep in the jungle that are still waiting to be discovered. Our guide told us the forest is too thick to reach them. The ruins can only be viewed from the air.
My kids were much smaller when we took this trek to Central America… They were troopers on the mini-archeological research trip!
That’s the Mayan Observatory behind them. Inside is the oldest circular staircase in the world. Scientists still haven’t been able to explain how the Mayans came up with the stairs or the round design that is still used for stargazing today.
This is a “cenote” that the Mayans dug out to use for irrigation. I circled the people at the edge to give you a feel for the size of this gigantic natural well. It’s completely man-made, but again, scientists can’t explain how they managed the construction. Recently they dredged one of the cenotes and found ancient Mayan jewelry and bones at the bottom. The current theory is that in times of draught, people were sacrificed to the gods and their bodies, were dropped into the cenote as an offering… Yikes!
Panda & I climbed up inside the big Chichen Itza pyramid. There is actually a smaller pyramid inside, and they believe there is another one beneath that. The Mayans believed in cycles of life and at the end of a cycle they built right over the old. Our muscles ached when we came out and our guide explained it was carbon dioxide poisoning! Apparently there is very little oxygen inside and there were a bunch of people hiking up and down inside so there’s more carbon dioxide than oxygen! YIKES!!! It was really cool though to see the carvings that haven’t seen the sun in almost 3,000 years…
Here we are climbing up Chichen Itza. It’s a serious climb! The steps are VERY narrow and super steep. There’s no handrail, and nothing to protect you if you start to fall. Needless to say I had no problem going up but coming down I cried I was so scared! LOL The next two photos will give you an idea of how steep the incline is in proportion to the narrow steps.
And this is the head of the serpent at the base of the pyramid…
In Book 2 of the Night Series, Night Demon, our hero and heroine are studying the Mayan Glyphs to decipher the mystery of the Night Demon. Here are some Glyphs from Chichen Itza.
This is a carving on the wall of the huge stadium from the Mayan Ball Game. Scientists still haven’t deciphered how the game was played, but in this game the winning team is sacrificed! YOUCH! But the Mayans believed in reincarnation. They even had a god for reincarnation! So scientists believe that the winners were proud to give their lives back to the earth. Their blood would spill out onto the grass of the game field as a gift to the gods to promote great harvests. By giving the gods their best and strongest, they guaranteed the community would have food…
When Cortez and the Spanish landed on the Central American coast in search of El Dorado and gold, the Mayans were also being attacked by the Aztecs. It’s believed that since they were already weakened, the Spanish came in and killed all the scribes who could read and write the Mayan language, effectively erasing their civilization.
The Mayan calendar, which is more precise than our calendars today, is still a mystery. And we still don’t know how they transported the stone to build their pyramids. And how did they know where to place their stone structures so that the equinox light pierced through tiny openings to give them a taste of the heavens?
And why was blood and reincarnation such a big part of their world?
Archeologists are still working to decipher glyphs and master the Mayan written language. Until then, we may never know the answers to those questions.
I felt so privileged to walk where they walked and experience the awesome size and beauty of their lost city. It’s estimated that the city of Chichen Itza once housed more than 100,000 people. Where did they go?
I took the unsolved mysteries of the Mayans and gave them a paranormal solution, weaving it into Night Walkers. I hope to go back down to see more ruins someday.
So have you ever traveled to a mysterious destination? I’d love to hear your stories!!! J
Now for the Treasures!!!
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Thanks for attending the Mysteries of the Maya treasure hunt, and don’t forget to HOP over to Andi’s blog to see America’s Treasure Islands… http://andisrealm.webs.com/apps/blog/show/7533030-treasure-quest-discovery-lies-between-the-covers-mega-author-blog-hop-tour-july-18-25