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Science in Ancient Artwork

PAKAL, THE MAYA ASTRONAUT:
A STUDY OF ANCIENT SPACE TRAVEL

by Charles William Johnson

PART: IV


The Vehicle's Motor

One of the most interesting sections of the spacecraft concerns the motor that appears at the center of the vehicle's housing device. Let us now observe the motor in relation to the base of the vehicle's housing, and the possibility of unfolding its mechanical elements in a manner similar to the procedure followed previously for the housing itself.

It would appear that the motor contains different stages or elements that also reflect pivotal points of rotation, as may be observed in the following illustration. The theoretical unfolding of the different sections follows the same logic of mechanical engineering, suggested in the design of the motor's elements. Possibly the most significant idea suggested in the motor's make- up is the fact that some of the "faces" expressed in the sculpture appear to be upside-down; and, unfolded they appear rightside-up.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DIFFERENT STAGS OF THE VEHICLE'S MOTOR

motor of Pakal's vehicle

1995-2009 Copyrighted by Charles William Johnson

From the above illustrations, by unfolding the elements of the vehicle's motor, it becomes suggestive that the sculpted swirls might possibly represent the flames coming from the exhaust of the module's engine. The vehicle's image now takes on a distinctive meaning, simply by having rotated the motor's elements upon its assigned pivotal joints. The actual lines of the original design are simply manipulated in terms of movement; no new lines were added, not were any lines eliminated from the design. We simply rearranged their relationship to one another according to the logic of mechanical movement, as we know it today regarding spacecraft engineering. Such an analysis is obviously based on the visible level of suggested movement, and does not entail profound scientific or technological knowledge. The image simply conveys the most obvious level of sight; an external view.


1995-2009 Copyrighted by Charles William Johnson


Pakal: The Maya Astronaut

Part IV

Pakal: A Comment

"Pakal, The Ancient Astronaut:
Paleoanimation of the Sculpture of the Maya at Palenque
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