Sunday, June 12, 2005

Sacred Cosmology: Precolumbian Mesoamerican Symbolism

Sacred Cosmology: Precolumbian Mesoamerican Symbolism - Online book about the ancient peoples of Mexico and their belief system, including timekeeping, symbols, and the Popol Vuh.

From the site:

The society to which we belong, our contemporary society, has conceived the notion that God–the original unity–is man's invention, although some of its members think rather that the deity is a human discovery produced at a certain stage of history. In both cases, it is man who creates God, in absolute contradiction of the unanimous assertion of all traditions and civilizations on record, which declare and establish the correct hierarchical relation between creator and creature.

This flagrant inversion is a logical consequence of our current ignorance where the sacred is concerned, an ignorance that obliges us unconsciously to "humanize" the concept of God, to anthropomorphize it–which is tantamount to reducing the deity to the categories of human thought and conception. We are obliged to minimize the concept of God to the scale of today's men and the narrowness of their vision. Hence the latter find nothing better to do than to put the gods to death, to "believe" no longer in them but rather in the "human"–which, alas, is taken for progress–as if it were possible for the cosmic and harmonic energies whose principles the deities express to cease to be or exist by virtue of the simple expedient of denying them.

We are accustomed to regard the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Chaldean, or Mayan pantheons–or even those of the Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists–as if their gods were the private property of those peoples and religions, and furthermore, as if these gods were altogether different from one another, having perfectly particular identities in a classified imaginary system. Thus, the reality of the sacred is reduced to mans' "speculative" capacity–or to a memo in a file cabinet. Yet it passes unobserved that these same men have acknowledged the deity by way of "numbers," or harmonic measures as patterns or modules of universal thought and the expression of the archetypal ideas. These archetypal ideas are always present–as constitutive parts of the cosmos, as these peoples' calendars reflect–and the symbols represent them. Their energy-force has never ceased to manifest itself, nor ever will, as long as time and space exist.

2 comments:

K said...

Who says that time & space exist except in our minds. Surely to the essence within & without us all, there is no time & space. Thus, only to the extent that we are focused on the point or focii (if you will) of the Divine, does time and space (T & S being the focii)have meaning. But T & S no longer have meaning once you elevate your perception to the vast Divine.
I keep reading the references to the full text of "SACRED COSMOLOGY *
Precolumbian Mesoamerican Symbolism by
FEDERICO GONZALEZ
Can anybody give me a CORRECT link to read it?
Thanks, K

Miland said...

How about:

http://www.geocities.com/indoamerica/sacrcosm.htm