- My wife has been reading Clive Cussler's novel Serpent about Phoenecian
contact with the Maya. She has been showing me interesting excerpts, so
I thought I'd pass one along to you.
Trout flipped through his card file and punched out a number. When
Orville answered Trout put him on the speaker phone.
"Ah, Mulder and Scully, Orville said, referring to the FBI characters
in the popular TV program. How are things with the X-Files.
In the most serious tone he could muster, Trout said, Weve uncovered
solid proof that those mysterious carved boats are from the lost
continent of Mu.
Youre kidding! Orville replied breathlessly.
Yeah, Im kidding. I just like to say the word Mu.
Well, moo to you, too, Mulder. Now please tell me the real reason you
We need your opinion on those sketches Professor Chi left with Paul,
Oh, the Venus glyphs.
Yes, the series of eight. Each figure represents an incarnation of the
Gamay looked at the grotesque profiles with their protruding jaws and
foreheads. ugh. Ive always thought of the goddess of love as a
delicate maiden drifting out of the sea foam on a scallop shell.
Thats because youve been brainwashed by Botticellis vision and
wasted your time on classical studies before you got out of the Temple
of Doom game. The Mayan Venus was a male.
Only to a point. The Maya were firm believers in equal opportunity when
it came to human sacrifice. Venus symbolized Quetzalcoatl or Kukulcan.
The feathered serpent. Its all tied in. The analogy of birth and
rebirth. Like Quetzalcoatl, Venus disappears for part of its cycle only
I get it, Trout said. The Maya decorated their temples with
representations of the god to make him happy so hed come back.
There was some of that, yeah, toadying up to the big guy.
You have to understand how architecture was worked into their
religion. Mayan buildings were often fixed on key points like the
solstice and equinox or where Venus appears and disappears. A celestial
calculator, in other words.
Gamay said, Professor Chi compared the observatory tower at the MIT
site to a computers hardware, the inscriptions on its side to software.
He felt that it was only part of the whole picture, the way one circuit
is past of a computer?
Yes, he ran that theory by me, but your carved tower has a long way to
go before it becomes an IBM clone.
Still, its possible that the tower and the others were part of a
unified plan? Gamay persisted.
Dont get me wrong. The Maya were incredibly sophisticated and always
manage to surprise. They often lined up palace doorways and streets to
point to the sun and stars at various times of the year. You see,
predicting the movements of Venus would give the priests tremendous
power. The Venus god told the farmers about important dates like
planting, harvest, and rainy season. The Caracol at Chichdn Itz.á has
windows that line up with Venus at various points on the horizon.
There are no boat inscriptions on the Caracol, as far as I know, Gamay
Only on those eight temples the glyphs came from. Venus disappears for
eight days during its cycle. A scary thing if you were depending on the
planet for important decisions. So the priests tossed a few maidens into
a well, did some creative bloodletting, and everything was peachy again.
Speaking of bloodletting, Ive got a class in five minutes. Can we
resume this fascinating discussion later?
Gamay wasnt through. You say Venus disappears for eight days and that
there are eight temples we know of with the boat carvings. Coincidence?
Chi didnt think so. Got to go. Cant wait to tell the class about the
The phone clicked off. Paul picked up a yellow legal pad. That was
edifying. Lets go over what we have. Weve got eight temple
observatories. Each one was built to chart the movements of Venus Trout
made a note. These structures were also dedi
cated toward a single theme, the arrival of boats that could have been
Phoenician, bearing great treasure. A wild guess. The observatories and
Venus have something to do with the treasure.
Gamay agreed. She took the notebook and drew eight circles at random.
Say these are the temples? She drew lines connecting the circles and
stared at her doodles for a moment Theres something here: she said.
Paul looked at the scribbles and shook his head. Looks like a
Thats because were thinking in earth-bound terms. Look. She drew two
stars near the edge of the page. Rise above the earth. Lets say this
is Venus at its extreme points on the horizon. That temple I saw at MIT
had two slotlike openings like an archers port in a castle. Heres what
you would see if you drew a line from the window to one extreme of
Venus. Now Ill do it out the other window. Satisfied with her artwork,
she drew lines from each observatory to the Venus points.
She stuck the rough grid shed produced under Pauls nose.
Now it looks like the mouth of an alligator about ready to have
dinner." he said.
Maybe. Or a hungry serpent?
Still thinkh g about that snake?
Yes and no. Dr. Chi wore an amulet around his neck. He called it the
feathered serpent. Thats what this reminds me of, the jaws of
You need the exact locations of the observatories, even admitting its
possible to make sense from this. too bad Chi is in the field. Gamay
was half listening. I just thought of something. That talking stone
Kurt and Joe are out looking for. Wasnt it supposed to show some kind
Thats right. I wonder if theres a connection.
Trout picked up the phone. Ill call and leave a message for Chi to get
in touch with us as soon as possible. Then well give Kurt a ring to
tell him you may have something?
She examined her doodle-bug sketches again. Yes, but what?