LOST CITIES IN THE JUNGLE


Chichen_Itza_Castillo_Frederick Catherwood_1843_drawingThe Castle of Chichen-Itza, 1843, drawing by Frederick Catherwood

“In 1519 Hernan Cortez, the great Spanish conquistator stormed and took the city of Mexico-Tenochtitlan. He did not then, and he never knew, that it was built upon the ruins of the Mayan civilization. Five years later he travelled across what is now the little republic of Honduras, hacking his way foot by foot through an almost impene-trable forest given over to reptiles and insects and the odours of putrefaction. Had he turned aside from the path he was cutting, by only a fraction, he would have come to a little stream where he would have found in the midst of all this luxuriant foliage the ruins of what had once been a great city. It was the city of Copan, the chief light amongst others such as Tikal or Palenque of the Mayan civilization which existed between A.D. 176 and A.D. 620. They are still, far from all other human habitations, lost in the powerful tropical forest which like some sylvan boa-constrictor, has literally swallowed them up and is now devouring them at its leisure, prising the finehewn, close-laid stones apart with its writhing roots and tendrils.”

John Stewart Collis in “The Vision of Glory, The extraordinary Nature of the Ordinary”

Façade_principale_du_palais_des_Nonnes_Désiré Charnay_1859AMain Front of the Palace of the Nuns, Chichen-Itza 1859, photography by Désiré Charnay

Author: transmutation.me

I like travelling through the diverse realities and cultures of this world not only as a tourist. So this may also happen by simply imaginating the hidden rivers and caves of consciousness where postmodern nomads are crossing wide endless landscapes leading to a dream of no-where. My favourite areas are deserts like the sahara or high mountains, as in these empty terrestric regions the far-away horizon and sky is no limit anymore but a possible gate to inspiration and freedom. Posts will be published normally in English, but whenever appropriate also only in my mother tongue German. Unless otherwise mentioned or individually specified (for example by naming the author, artist, etc.) all texts, photos and/or graphic illustrations in this blog are subject to © transmutation.me which may please be respected.

6 thoughts on “LOST CITIES IN THE JUNGLE”

  1. Yes I completely agree, I have been at Chichen-Itza site twice in October & November several years ago, however the amount of visitors was bearable at that time. But you should better be good trained when you walk on the main pyramid (1st picture), because using the very steep stairs up and down is a little bit more like mountain-climbing.

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      1. ja, Berlin is a really big polis with lots of cultural events and highlights in all sorts of art and entertainment and I guess you sometime will have a chance to follow aguirre’s traces in search of the fabled country of El Dorado …

        (hmm, I’ve never been in Berlin yet, however: on thursday I’ll visit the capital for a very short trip because I got an invitation to render some poems of mine in the “Lettrétage” and I’m looking forward to this adventure.)

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  2. Um die Ecke vom ‘Lettrétage” liegt die Bergmannstr., ganz netter Kiez, leider durch Gentrifizierung nicht mehr ganz so verrucht wie früher einmal, aber immer noch sehr lebendig und bunt. Alles fussläufig zu erreichen. Bonne chance!

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