So Heleman picked us up from our hotel the Barcelo Costa.. same place we stayed on our honeymoon.. We love it there amazing pool all inclusive very Mediterranean feel.. the bellhop even remembered us from our honeymoon they used to call us Canada
So these people we'll be talking about.. The Nephites, came from the middle east, Lehi and his family left Jerusalem and traveled to the Americas about the same time as Jeremiah in the Bible. They took that record with them, and we call this record the brass plates. They followed what was in the old Testament, And in Leviticus chapter 25 it talks about Moses speaking about the children of israel, on how to use the land..for 6 year you should work, but in the 7th year you should rest. And 7 x7 years is 49.. so they do this in cycles, And the trump of the jubilee will sound.. and you should hallow the 50th year. So they had a 50 year cycle in the bible...eventually in America this got changed to 52 years, as they fell away as they lost prophets and records. They also would follow the same 5 holy days as the people in Israel. So chichen-itza was built around this cycle of 52 years. So they'd build one temple, and then build on top of it for the next cycle. So when you used to be able to go inside the temple at chichen-itza you could see some of the previous temples.There is also evidence that, in the 10th century, after the collapse of the Maya cities of the southern lowlands, Chichén was invaded by foreigners, probably Maya speakers who had been strongly influenced by—and perhaps were under the direction of—the Toltec of central Mexico. These invaders may have been the Itzá for whom thesite is named; some authorities, however, believe the Itzá arrived 200 to 300 years later. Us as latter day saints..know what happened to these simple temples that were built by the nephites, they were taken over by the wicked lamanites, which is why the simple temples are built beneath the ornate idol temples, filled with human sacrifice, as thing were distorted once everything was wicked.
article here, it helps explain the 52 thing I was telling you about before as well as their holy days, and their calander, and why April 6th is significant
Here is a picture of the Chac mool
and some interesting info on the pyramid also form the link above , chris reeves article.
- Each staircase consists of 91 steps. Four staircases means there are 364 total steps. By combining the platform at the top which forms a common stair to all sides, that brings the total to 365, the number of days in the year.
- Each side of the pyramid has 52 rectangular panels, equal to the number of solar years in a Maya calendar cycle. The Maya kept two calendars, one solar and another ritual calendar of 260 days. Every 52 years, the first day of each calendar would fall on the same day. The Maya reportedly incorporated this 52-year cycle into their rituals, and would build a new monument or rebuild another to commemorate that cycle.
- The staircases appear to divide the nine tiers in two, creating 18 tier segments which corresponds to the 18 months or winals in the Mayan calendar that together comprise a Maya year or tun.
- During the light-and-shadow effect that occurs each equinox, the staircase balustrade is broken into seven triangles of light contrasted with six triangles of shadow. Together there are 13 triangles, a number sacred to the Maya.
During restoration of El Castillo in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Mexican arcaheologists discovered it had been built upon an earlier temple. Today a small doorway under the northern staircase leads to a small stairway into temple within the pyramid. In this inner temple is a chac mool statue and a jaguar throne...
And more coming tomorrow...