Nestled deep within the tropical jungles of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park lie the remnants of a once-majestic civilization. The sprawling ruins tell the tale of the Classic Maya, one of the most advanced ancient societies that ever existed. At its zenith, the city of Tikal stood as the emblematic capital of the Mayan world, bustling with life and culture. However, starting around 800 AD, an enigma began unfolding. Sacred Maya sites like Palenque, Copan, Naranjo, and eventually Tikal itself were abandoned in quick succession.
Historians estimate that during its prime, the Mayan population soared to 20 million. Yet, post-collapse, a staggering 95% of this populace seemingly vanished without a trace. Contrary to many ancient civilizations, there were no markers of wars or external invasions. Their sudden departure remains one of history’s greatest mysteries.
Curiously, this mass departure appears to align with the conclusion of a significant Mayan calendar cycle. While the Mayans were renowned for their intricate timekeeping, one of their most profound creations was the “Long Count” calendar. Designed to chart a grand cycle of 5,125 years, this calendar was segmented into thirteen ‘baktuns’, each lasting approximately 400 years. Intriguingly, there was an unexplained absence of festivities marking the end of the tenth baktun, around 830 AD.
Modern-day Mayan descendants often speak of their forebearers “going home.” This has led to speculation: was the Long Count calendar marking an anticipated date of their predetermined exit? Might there be cosmic connections to their departure?
A captivating observation by astronomers reveals that Tikal’s seven key pyramids emulate the geometric patterns of the Pleiades constellation. This cluster, revered by myriad ancient cultures worldwide, might hold answers. The frequent celestial alignments of Mayan monuments with the Pleiades has sparked theories about the Mayans’ origin or connection to this star cluster. Adding another layer to this cosmic mystery are claims from some modern-day individuals who, during alleged extraterrestrial encounters, are told their abductors hail from the Pleiades.
Could it be that the enigmatic exit of the Classic Maya wasn’t due to earthly reasons but something more celestial? Did they depart as part of a “harvest” or “experiment” marked by the culmination of a calendar cycle, indicating a pivotal moment for some otherworldly intelligence?