Written by :Gary Wonning
Located in southern Belize, near the city of Punta Gorda is the ancient Mayan pyramid Lubaantun, where Anna Mitchell-Hedges allegedly found a crystal skull in 1924 when she was 16 years old.
The Lubaantun pyramid lies in ruin, midway between Dangriga and Punta Gorda, reachable only by negotiating a quarter mile cow path that leads up from a dirt road, it is being slowly restored, but much work still needs to be done, on the temple as well as the cowpath!
Her father was exploring British Honduras (now Belize) looking for evidence of the legendary Atlantis, when he heard rumors of a pyramid containing relics from an ancient civilization . Her account of the discovery states that she was the only one small enough to climb into the small entrance of the pyramid where the skull was found.
Thirteen of the crystal skulls have been found in parts of Central America, Mexico, and South America. The skulls are believed to be between 5,000 and 36,000 years old and many people claim they hold healing and magical properties, however no one really knows where they came from or how they were made.
The skulls have been found near ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, with some evidence linking them to ancient civilizations of Peru.
The Mitchell-Hedges skull is the most famous as it resembles a human skull and remarkably, has a removable jaw bone.
It is flawless in it’s design, being made of highly polished crystal, it is so perfect that the most advanced sculptures and engineers of the day have no idea how it could have been made without it either shattering or falling apart during construction.
It has been displayed many times around the world and has value of several million dollars.
Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.
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It doesn’t take long to discover that Belize is a land of contrasts. From the poverty and disarray of the cities to the quiet countryside, many differences are soon found. With poverty and crime running rampant in cities such as Belize City and Belmopan, the traveler has to be constantly aware of his surroundings and protect whatever is being carried. Remember,that camera hanging around your neck is worth more than the average Belizean earns in a year. All that aside, the Mayan people are wonderfully warm people many of whom go out of their way to please visitors. Traveling into the countryside one discovers thatch roof homes with no doors or windows. Because of the warm climate , they can live comfortably all year with a gentle breeze flowing through the open windows and doors. I was struck with the concept that although no utility lines were visible, a lot of homes had a satellite dish in the front yard.