In continuation of my recent offerings regarding portals/'stargates' of the Andes and Near East i'd like to draw attention to the Meso-American site
of Zapotec/Mixtec Mitla, which as seen in the header was understood by the first Spanish explorers as the very Temple of the Devil;
That referanced quote and all subsequent from this work;
Visiting the Calvario at Mitla
Of course it should be pointed out that this was a Christian interpretation, the zapotec themselves understood Lord Bezelao as ruler of the Underworld
In my studies regarding the tradition of portals it has been apparant that these were seen in terms of connectivity between the Underworld, terrestial
plane, and the upperworld, here we need only concern ourselves with the entrance into the Underworld from the terrestial realm.
The architecture of Mitla is considered unique for that culture, and indeed Meso-America as a whole;
The zapotec themselves considered that those who built the first Temples lived before the first sunrise;
A most stricking aspect of the architecture are the patterns created, without usage of mortar, in brickwork, known as 'grecas'. These patterns were
the basis of my initial interest, in that the motif is that of the cosmological model seen elsewhere in the world of the mountains of the horizon seen
in symetrical opposition, this associate with portals of the horizon.
Whilst this is seen a standardized form, it is also seen taken to the extreme limits of variation, becoming increasingly confused to the extent of
haphazard, this in my opinion probably associate with increasing disorientation the deeper one would enter into the underworld.
The basic cosmological model however is what is generally seen represented in zapotec weaving tradition.
The architectural motifs then will be concerning themselves with entrance into the underworld through various stages of progression, all deceased were
considered to travel to Mitla after death, also from there they could obtain temporary release;
It's considered the Mixtecs depict in their ancient codices a disc shape to symbolize a portal to the underworld set in the center of a ballcourt.
The relationship of the ballcourt was recently considered in terms of a newly found zapotec tomb, whilst aspects of the iconography do seemingly
suggest the ballcourt, it's important to recognise that the iconography also is very much concerned with the portals into the underworld, and the
stages of transition through these, as in the same context, of tombs this was also seen employed;
It is considered that the zapotec considered Mitla as an actual entrance into the underworld in a very real sense, not symbolic, that this was a point
of arrival and departure for those ancestors that had constructed the site.
Passageway deep into underground realms were recorded by early European visitors, and subsequently sealed off;
The subterranean world was described in terms of a confusing labyrinth , which would correspond with what i suggested could be the interpretation for
the ever more confused geometric patterns, the deeper one gets.
I would consider that at Mitla such reports of extensive underground passageways are not without foundation, given the premise of the site itself and
edit on 20-8-2012 by Kantzveldt because: typo