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What Mayans may have known
about Relativity before Einstein



One of the most interesting observations about Pakal's Lid is the curious fact how the designers carved the borders to frame events of King Pakal's life. Until now, it seems to have escaped to the eyes of most Mayanologists.

On the heavy stone that covers the sarcophagus, the border was designed as a continuous line giving the impression of movement from Point A to Point Z as indicated in the left image. To visualize that, Point A starts with a green line so the eye can follow clearly the path of the border, which is a spiral path.

Obviously, the finding cannot be ignored since it would have been easier for the stone artists to frame the events with squared borders. As we know, the artistic idea represents the descent of Pakal into the Underworld to emerge as a God-King in a moving galaxy called The Milky Way.

Resting on that assumption of movement and attempting to make an interpretation of the spiral border, the artist(s) suggests a relation with the time factor. Although in this research, I suggest that the Theory of Special Relativity formulated by Einstein is part of the mythological interpretation, my explanations are restricted to a qualitative treatment as a means to encourage archaeologists and scientists to compliment these perspectives.

The first statement is how Mayans view the past, present and future time of events. In the Mayan tradition, past events are in front of your eyes because you can 'see' them or recall them. Future events to happen are located behind us and obviously we cannot 'see' them in the future. Also, what you experience as the now (in Spanish, 'ahora' or 'on the hour') is your ever present.

The second statement is what if the message of the stone was to suggest a spiral time related to these events as we have found in several Mayan conceptions. Using superimposed images of the spiral border to create a space-time geometry, the result suggests the following figure:

Based on the above figure, we can attempt to explain what I propose a Mayan Relativity Model. In the image, an observer is looking at the screen of the computer. Let's imagine that that person is on the plane of Spacelife 1 (in grey). This person will experience the present events that are happening from his birth time following the spiral border in a cyclical fashion until it is completed at the time of death. That's precisely what the Pakal's Lid suggests. However, in order to reincarnate or jump onto Spacelife 2 (in green), the person needs to continue along the time path that is also the transfer path of consciousness and so on. As you may have guessed, the idea reveals that time and consciousness follow the same path but have different directions.

For the Mayans, this idea was not strange since they never measured time but movement as a coordinate. In our modern physics, relativity measures time as our fourth dimension while Mayans measured movement in units of consciousness. A very novel concept, indeed.

There's a third fact that also attempts to corroborate the artistic conception. If you look at the Lid, two corners of the stone are missing. While we can assume that at the time of placement, the Mayan crew broke off the stone in these places, there are no records of the Lid's having been damaged since its first discovery by Dr. Ruz in 1952. It seemed more likely that the breaking off of the corners was deliberate, and indeed part of the intended design. Cotterell in his book "The Mayan Prophecies" offers a different explanation, but I agree with him on the point that the same accident happened to two corners. The question is why?

Well, the idea could be simpler since the artists were not thinking in a three dimensional object but an object with an spiral border that continues in a cyclical fashion to another dimension. Their spacetime and probably time travel. In this case, the conscious evolution of King Pakal into God Pakal.

For the moment, the theory remains a theory and hopefully one day mathematicians, physicists, archaeologists and philosophers will agree in a more sophisticated Theory of Special Relativity in which our consciousness is transferred as indestructible energy to another time dimension. For now, it's just a physical abstraction that Mayans probably understood very well measuring the movement of celestial objects.