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My Mayan Pyramid Pictures in Tulum, Mexico

By on February 8, 2015 in Science

A few different angles of the Tulum ruins..

by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
Editor, In5D.com

I was very excited about seeing the Mayan pyramids in Mexico. It didn’t matter which pyramid I saw, I just wanted to see them! I started out by taking a Carnival cruise out of the Port of Tampa.

Trip 1: March 2008

The excursion began around 7am by taking a 45 minute shuttle boat ride from Cozumel to Tulum. After getting off the shuttle boat, we hopped on a bus that took us to the ruins in Tulum. Our guide, Beto, is Mayan and gave us a history of the Mayan culture while riding on the bus to Tulum.

This is his account:

The universe began when a trinity of Gods, Heart of Sky, created water, followed by land trees, and animals. At this point, Heart of Sky created humans to be in charge of the planet to keep harmony with the cosmos and nature. The animals weren’t intelligent enough to complete this task, so the Creators made humans because they wanted to create a being who would walk, work and talk articulately and would worship their Creators while giving their Creators offerings. Heart of Sky first created people from clay and mud, but the people were destroyed by water because they were fragile and empty. The next line of humans were made form wood but they didn’t worship Heart of Sky and they were destroyed.

The last and current line of humans were made from corn (maize) because humans, like corn, will come from the dirt and follow a similar cycle. Corn begins with a seed in the dirt, becomes a corn stalk and eventually food. At this point, the corn stalk dies and goes back into the dirt as the cycle continues once again. The cycle of planting corn is every 260 days, the same as human gestation.

According to Beto, “when Katun 20 comes, the people of corn will no longer be humans”. I asked Beto what his personal interpretation of this meant to which he replied, “Something bigger will happen to change our perspective of life.”

We’re currently on the Mayan’s fifth Sun. The First Sun was destroyed by water, the second by fire, the third by hurricanes and the fourth by natural catastrophes. On this current sun, we are called the “People of Corn”.

Tulum, the City of Dawn, also means "walled place" and was used as a port for commercial activity. The city is walled on 3 sides with the final side facing the sea. The foundations that remain were houses for the nobility.

Tulum, the City of Dawn, also means “walled place” and was used as a port for commercial activity. The city is walled on 3 sides with the final side facing the sea. The foundations that remain were houses for the nobility.

On the 3 sides of Tulum, there are towers that are slightly angled. The angling of the towers was intentionally to decrease the amount of erosion from the water and sand.

On the 3 sides of Tulum, there are towers that are slightly angled. The angling of the towers was intentionally to decrease the amount of erosion from the water and sand.

The main Tulum temple (to the right) is also angled.

The main Tulum temple (to the right) is also angled.

I'm standing on top of the cliff facing Tulum. Tulum hosts the 2nd largest coral barrier in the world, which served to protect Tulum from possible invaders by water.

I’m standing on top of the cliff facing Tulum. Tulum hosts the 2nd largest coral barrier in the world, which served to protect Tulum from possible invaders by water.

On the summer solstice at 6am, the sun is perfectly aligned with the center of the Tulum Temple opening, as it is during the winter solstice and spring and fall equinoxes. The nobility controlled the commons with this knowledge and didn't tell them. The commons were threatened by the nobility that they would bring war if the commons didn't pay taxes. They conversely promised good crops if their taxes were paid.

On the summer solstice at 6am, the sun is perfectly aligned with the center of the Tulum Temple opening, as it is during the winter solstice and spring and fall equinoxes. The nobility controlled the commons with this knowledge and didn’t tell them. The commons were threatened by the nobility that they would bring war if the commons didn’t pay taxes. They conversely promised good crops if their taxes were paid.

This is the Temple of Tulum. The steps leading to the top are very narrow and steep, forcing one to look down at their feet when climbing to the top, showing respect to the building and to Kukulkan (the plumed serpent).

This is the Temple of Tulum. The steps leading to the top are very narrow and steep, forcing one to look down at their feet when climbing to the top, showing respect to the building and to Kukulkan (the plumed serpent).

My tourist photo. Hopefully, you know which one is me LOL

My tourist photo. Hopefully, you know which one is me LOL

A few souvenirs from this trip

This is a hand-carved Mayan calendar, which is similar, but differs from the Aztec calendar.

This is a hand-carved Mayan calendar, which is similar, but differs from the Aztec calendar.

Here is a glyph necklace (Zotz) for my birth month of October.

Here is a glyph necklace (Zotz) for my birth month of October.

A turtle made from obsidian and jade.

A turtle made from obsidian and jade.

Trip 2: May 2008

A few different angles of the Tulum ruins…

A few different angles of the Tulum ruins...

A few different angles of the Tulum ruins..

A few different angles of the Tulum ruins..

A few different angles of the Tulum ruins..

A few different angles of the Tulum ruins..

This is one of my favorites!

This is the back of the temple.

This is the back of the temple.

 

An opposite view from the backside.

An opposite view from the backside.

This dude looks familiar  :)

This dude looks familiar 🙂

I had to go back to the cliffs for some more pics.

I had to go back to the cliffs for some more pics.

This asshat keeps ruining a great picture...lol

This asshat keeps ruining a great picture…lol

This is a smaller building to the left of the temple.

This is a smaller building to the left of the temple.

This is a cool shot from the water looking up.

This is a cool shot from the water looking up.

This is the smaller building to the left of the picture above.

This is the smaller building to the left of the picture above.

A smaller temple that stands in front of the main temple.

A smaller temple that stands in front of the main temple.

My souvenir from this trip. This is a Jaguar Mask that shows the jaguar at the bottom of the mask, a second jaguar at the top right hand side , the serpent at the top left and the last Mayan King, Pacal, in the top center of the mask.

My souvenir from this trip. This is a Jaguar Mask that shows the jaguar at the bottom of the mask, a second jaguar at the top right hand side , the serpent at the top left and the last Mayan King, Pacal, in the top center of the mask.

On the second trip, I rented a car in Cozumel and was able to stay at the ruins longer. This is definitely a trip I would highly recommend. If you’re interested, keep reading.

In5D’s Michelle Walling and Gregg Prescott will be going on a 4 day Carnival Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico leaving Tampa on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 4PM and returning on Monday, April 27th 8 AM. In Cozumel, you can make arrangements through Carnival to take a tour of the Mayan Ruins in Tulum, swim with the dolphins, go snorkeling or just relax and go souvenir shopping. I’ve done the Mayan ruins tour twice and it is amazing. If you choose this one, you may want to bring your bathing suit as well. We may even hold a free mini conference on the boat. Right now, we’re seeing if there’s enough interest to do so, so if you’re interested, comment below! The cost is $259 through Carnival, but we’ll see if we can get a group discount as well. For a group discount, we’ll need a minimum of 8 cabins and 16 guests. All you’ll need is a driver’s license and a birth certificate (or a passport) but a passport is no longer needed for cruises that start and end at the same port. So, who’s coming with us?

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Gregg Prescott <a href=Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit. You can find his In5D Radio shows on the In5D Youtube channel. He is also a transformational speaker and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. His love and faith for humanity motivates him to work in humanity’s best interests 12-15+ hours a day, 365 days a year. Please like and follow In5D on Facebook as well as BodyMindSoulSpirit on Facebook!

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