Lubantuum, Home of the Crystal Skull
My original purpose for going to Belize was to visit Lubantuun, the pyramid where Anna Mitchell-Hedges allegedly found a crystal skull in 1924 when she was 16 years old.
Her father was exploring British Honduras (now Belize) looking for evidence of the legendary Atlantis. 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 in or near ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins. There is much evidence linking them to the ancient natives of Peru.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 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.
I had viewed the Crystal Skull several months earlier while it was on display in Indianapolis, it is a fascinating piece of art work, being the same size as a human skull, it is carved out of pure crystal and is flawless with no signs of any carving or chiseling whatsoever.
The Lubantuun pyramid lies in ruin, midway between Dangriga and Punta Gorda in southern Belize,it is reachable only by negotiating a quarter mile cow path that leads up from a dirt road,
As our van approached the site, the only marking from the road was a small sign, stopping the van we began the ascent to Lubantuun , gently finding our way between the cow patties and mud puddles we arrived at the site.
The pyramid is being slowly restored, but much work still needs to be done. While construction is going on continuously, a guide is always on site to give an interesting and informative talk of the site, showing the cavity where the crystal skull was supposedly found.
The view from the top was fantastic,standing on the top of the pyramid and above the tree line , looking eastward,several miles away the Gulf of Mexico could be seen . All in all it was an interesting experience, it is interesting to note that at one time there was a thriving civilization here amidst the jungle, or was it a jungle then?
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.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.