Monday, February 26, 2018

"Human Sacrifice" with Graham Hancock (from Joe Rogan Experience #417) - Brutality of Aztecs, Mayas Corroborated - Mel Gibson Was Right

A quite exciting spectacle based on a racist version of indigenous history, one in which the genocidal conquistadors are the New World's liberators.
How can we be inspired by the spirit of Jaguar Paw when the film's telling us that people stink and the great cultures of the Americas were the architects of their own demise?

Brutality of Aztecs, Mayas Corroborated

January 23, 2005|Mark Stevenson | Associated Press Writer
MEXICO CITY — It has long been a matter of contention: Was the Aztec and Mayan practice of human sacrifice as widespread and horrifying as the history books say? Or did the Spanish conquerors overstate it to make the Indians look primitive?
In recent years archeologists have uncovered mounting physical evidence that corroborates the Spanish accounts in substance, if not number.
Using high-tech forensic tools, archeologists are proving that pre-Hispanic sacrifices often involved children and a broad array of intentionally brutal killing methods.
For decades, many researchers believed Spanish accounts from the 16th and 17th centuries were biased to denigrate Indian cultures. Others argued that sacrifices were largely confined to captured warriors. Still others conceded the Aztecs were bloody, but believed the Maya were less so.
"We now have the physical evidence to corroborate the written and pictorial record," said archeologist Leonardo Lopez Lujan. "Some 'pro-Indian' currents had always denied this had happened. They said the texts must be lying."
The Spaniards probably did exaggerate the number of victims to justify their war against idolatry, said David Carrasco, a Harvard Divinity School expert on Mesoamerican religion.
But there is less doubt about the nature of the killings. Indian pictorial texts known as "codices," as well as Spanish accounts of the time, quote Indians as describing multiple forms of brutal human sacrifice.
Victims had their hearts cut out or were decapitated, shot full of arrows, clawed, sliced, stoned, crushed, skinned, buried alive or tossed from the tops of temples.
Children were said to be frequent victims, in part because they were considered pure and unspoiled.
"Many people said, 'We can't trust these codices because the Spaniards were describing all these horrible things,' which in the long run we are confirming," said Carmen Pijoan, a forensic anthropologist who found some of the first direct evidence of cannibalism in a pre-Aztec culture more than a decade ago: bones with butcher-like cut marks.
In December, at an excavation in an Aztec-era community in Ecatepec, just north of Mexico City, archeologist Nadia Velez Saldana described finding evidence of human sacrifice associated with the god of death.
"The sacrifice involved burning or partially burning victims," Velez Saldana said. "We found a burial pit with the skeletal remains of four children who were partially burned, and the remains of four other children that were completely carbonized."
Although the remains don't show whether the victims were burned alive, there are depictions of people -- apparently alive -- being held down as they were burned.
The dig turned up other clues to support descriptions of sacrifices in the Magliabecchi codex, a pictorial account painted between 1600 and 1650 that includes human body parts stuffed into cooking dishes, and people sitting around eating, as the god of death looks on.
"We have found cooking dishes just like that," said archeologist Luis Manuel Gamboa. "And, next to some full skeletons, we found some incomplete, segmented human bones." Researchers don't know if those remains were cannibalized.
In 2002, government archeologist Juan Alberto Roman Berrelleza announced the results of forensic testing on the bones of 42 children, mostly boys around age 6, sacrificed at Mexico City's Templo Mayor, the Aztecs' main religious site, during a drought.
All shared one feature: serious cavities, abscesses or bone infections painful enough to make them cry.
"It was considered a good omen if they cried a lot at the time of sacrifice," which was probably done by slitting their throats, Roman Berrelleza said.
The Maya, whose culture peaked farther east about 400 years before the Aztecs founded Mexico City in 1325, had a similar taste for sacrifice, Harvard University anthropologist David Stuart wrote in a 2003 article.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, "The first researchers tried to make a distinction between the 'peaceful' Maya and the 'brutal' cultures of central Mexico," Stuart wrote. "They even tried to say human sacrifice was rare among the Maya."
But in carvings and mural paintings, he said, "we have now found more and greater similarities between the Aztecs and Mayas," including a Maya ceremony in which a costumed priest is shown pulling the entrails from a bound and apparently living sacrificial victim.
Some Spanish-era texts have yet to be corroborated with physical remains. They describe Aztec priests sacrificing children and adults by sealing them in caves or drowning them. But the assumption now is that the texts appear trustworthy, said Lopez Lujan, who also works at the Templo Mayor site.
For Lopez Lujan, confirmation has come in the form of advanced chemical tests on the stucco floors of Aztec temples, which were found to have been soaked with iron, albumen and genetic material consistent with human blood.
"It's now a question of quantity," said Lopez Lujan, who thinks the Spaniards -- and Indian picture-book scribes working under their control -- exaggerated the number of sacrifice victims, claiming in one case that 80,400 people were sacrificed at a temple inauguration in 1487.
"We're not finding anywhere near that ... even if we added some zeros," Lopez Lujan said.
Researchers have largely discarded the old theory that sacrifice and cannibalism were motivated by a protein shortage in the Aztec diet, although some still believe it may have been a method of population control.
Pre-Hispanic cultures believed the world would end if the sacrifices were not performed. Sacrificial victims, meanwhile, were often treated as gods before being killed.
"It is really very difficult for us to conceive," Pijoan said of the sacrifices. "It was almost an honor for them."

Saturday, February 17, 2018

OFFICIAL Somewhere over the Rainbow - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole

OFFICIAL Somewhere over the Rainbow - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
And the dreams that you dream of, once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to
Why, oh why can't I?
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
And the dream that you dare to
Why, oh why can't I?
Songwriters: E.Y. Harburg / Harold Arlen

The Rainbow Body - Periodically Updated Research Page:

Khaita Happy Birthday - from Around the World!

This video was shot on the occasion of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu's birthday on December 8th, 2014. It shows practitioners of the Dzogchen Community from all over the world dancing and paying homage to the Master. (This is a slightly revised version of the first video with this title).

Rainbow Body: The Life and Realization of a Tibetan Yogin, Togden Ugyen Tendzin, presents the remarkable life story of Togden Ugyen Tendzin (1888–1962), a Tibetan yogin who in death achieved the “rainbow body,” the release of the physical body in the essence of the five elements and one of the highest spiritual attainments of Dzogchen, recognized as the supreme level of Tibetan Buddhism. His nephew, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, one of the greatest living masters of Dzogchen, composed the book from his own recollections of his uncle as well as direct quotes from talks with the great yogin himself and his disciple Sala Karma Samten. The book traces the yogin’s childhood struggles, the circumstances that led him to his teacher, the eminent Adzom Drugpa, and his difficult path to self-realization. Finally, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu relates the story of Ugyen Tendzin’s death during imprisonment by the Chinese, when witnesses discovered that though his sheepskin robe still sat upright, his body was gone—a testament to its having dissolved into the rainbow body.
Showing Miraculous Powers

One day, lightning struck Kamge Nyendrag, a monk from Rabten who was with Ugen Tendzin at that time, and it almost killed him. Immediately, Togden wrapped the lightning bolt in his robe and hurled it far away... Another time, when a hunter was shooting at wild animals, Togden cried out, "Ouch! Ouch!" and the bullet veered toward him instead...

They looked inside the sheepskin robe and saw Togden's dead body sitting up straight, the size of a three- or four-year-old child... Tresdön clearly understood that Togden Rinpoche was in the process of realizing the rainbow body, but he did not say anything to his assistant. They immediately went back to the local district office and related in detail to the officers what had happened. "How could something like this happen?" a Chinese officer who was present burst out. But nobody replied.


Some of the Smartest People in the World Think We Live in a Matrix Simulation:

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Simulation Theory Is Enlightenment

Think about these book excerpts in the context of simulation theory, it's really quite, quite, interesting to say the least...

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"A great discussion on the Simulated reality is the hypothesis that reality could be simulated — for example by computer simulation — to a degree indistinguishable from "true" reality. It could contain conscious minds which may or may not be fully aware that they are living inside a simulation. This is quite different from the current, technologically achievable concept of virtual reality. Virtual reality is easily distinguished from the experience of actuality; participants are never in doubt about the nature of what they experience. Simulated reality, by contrast, would be hard or impossible to separate from "true" reality. There has been much debate over this topic, ranging from philosophical discourse to practical applications in computing."

Neil Degrasse Tyson - 2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?:

"Philip K. Dick is inarguably one of the most thought-provoking writers of all time, and what's more, MOST OF WHAT HE WROTE CAME TRUE. Here, we take a closer look at his now famous speech of 1977, in which he proclaims our world to be a Computer Simulation. In my humble opinion, this statement was his interpretation of what he was experiencing, and it isn't a bad guess. But it is my contingency that this "Dickian" claim is inaccurately received by us, the people living in the 21st century. However, that does not change the fact that Philip K. Dick gave us a profound message in that speech, and others, as well as his novels & short stories.... It is left to us to interpret what in fact that message was."

A Closer Look At SIMULATION THEORY of PKD Philip K Dick Matrix Mandela Effect Quantum Retrocausality:

Elon Musk Speaks About Simulation Theory: