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El Castillo

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        The El Castillo(the castle) was dedicated to Kukulkan.  This building is built and aligned with the sun so precisely that it serves as a giant sun dial which shows the Spring Equinox and the Autumn Solstice.  During the Spring Equinox the large layers of the pyramid form sunlit triangles on one side of El Castillo starting at the top. As the day goes on more and more triangles start to appear working their way down the pyramid.   Finally the sunlight hits a large snake head at the bottom of the pyramid forming a giant sunlit snake. During the Autumn Solstice the shadowing starts at the head and works back up to the top of the pyramid. This snake known to the Mayan people as Kukulkan, the Feathered Serpent worked it's way down from the heavens to deliver prosperity to the Mayan people. In present day over 40,000 people make the trek to Chichén Itzá in order to witness this event.

snake-l.jpg (10780 bytes)        El Castillo is a time temple that sheds light on the Mayan astronomical system It was built in 800 just before the Toltec invasion.  An impressive 78 feet tall, the temple's name means castle in Spanish. El Castillo is actually a huge solar calendar.   There are 91 steps on each of its four sides.  If you multiply 91 times the 4 sides you would get 364, adding the crowning platform you get 365.  

        If you did the math, you would find that the 91 steps on each side, times 4 for each side and each season, plus 1 for the crowning platform adds up to 365.    The Mayan calendar incorporates the movements of the sun and moon and is as accurate as the calendar that we use today.   How could they have possessed this knowledge at a time when western man thought the world was flat?

        The god Kukulkan descended to earth and taught the Maya in science and mathematics.    This is a common theme throughout the ancient world.

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