Ancient Aliens returned from a one-week hiatus on Friday only to see ratings remain firmly lodged at 1.06 million viewers, hovering around its weekly average. Its lead-out, the debut episode of William Shatner’s new In Search Of knock off The UnXplained, handily outdrew the finale of the show it replaced, Unidentified, and also Ancient Aliens itself with 1.11 million viewers. The oddly consistent ratings for almost literally anything that airs after Ancient Aliens suggests that there is ceiling on the audience for this type of program, and it hovers around 1.2 million people.
Over at Graham Hancock’s website, Dave Truman of the Lost Science of the Andes website offers a revisionist history of Teotihuacan that attempts to link it to a (fictitious) global system of megalithic measurements and astronomical precision. Here’s a taste of some of his data about the standard units of measurement believed to have been used at Teotihuacan:
Just like [engineer Hugh] Harleson [Jr.]’s unit of 41.711 inches, the 32.68 inch unit is very close to other ancient linear units, including the Spanish vara, the Japanese shaku and the Harappan gaz. Perhaps most tellingly of all, it is virtually identical to the megalithic yard, which is thought to have been ‘derived directly from the polar circumference of the Earth using a system of geometry that was based on the number of revolutions of the planet in a year.’
Beats me what that is supposed to mean. When we are talking about numbers as large as the Earth’s polar radius, the math becomes absurd. The polar radius is 3,950 miles, which translates to 250,272,000 inches. If we divide this by 41.711 inches, we get the rather pointless 6,000,143.85. If we tried to divide the polar radius by six million, we should end up with 41.712 rather than 41.711. The other number doesn’t seem to go into the polar circumference close to evenly. I come out with a long train of digits close to 48.2 million. If we try to assume a round figure of 48 million as the ratio, the “correct” unit should be 32.82 inches. But since ratios of these units are arbitrary—there is no significance I can see to either six million of 48 million—this looks a lot like a coincidence. At a certain point, the small scale of any unit that roughly approximates 3 or 4 human feet will allow it to divide evenly into basically any number millions of times larger.
But it gets worse.
Truman believes that Teotihuacan was situated not to take advantage of a central location in the Valley of Mexico but rather to serve as a portal to another dimension, one activated by 19.4° north latitude, where Teotihuacan is located, because it is close to 19.47°, the position on a sphere where the vertices of an upside-down tetrahedron would touch if the apex were positioned at the south pole. He believes that the nearby volcanoes around 19° are symptomatic of an interdimensional energy rift:
Clearly, although it manifests in our physical three-dimensional reality primarily as volcanic heat, this cannot explain why Teotihuacán was constructed as a centre where shamans, priests and others came to perform their ceremonies. Such rituals aimed to establish contact with, knowledge of, or even immersion in, a realm beyond that of humans’ usual three-dimensional perceptions.
But rest assured that Truman knows how crazy this sounds:
If we follow this line of thinking, then perhaps Teotihuacán’s 19.4° latitude was a location that facilitated contact with such a realm. This may not be as ridiculous as it first seems, if we consider consciousness to be at least as real as the material world that dances before our senses every moment of our lives. Some schools of physics, nowadays largely ignored by the scientific establishment in the West, attest that there are higher spatial dimensions beyond the three that we are normally accustomed to perceiving. Might these hyper-dimensions also have been the spirit realm of Teotihuacán’s shamans?
It’s hard, really, even to comment on this gobbledygook since it conflates so many different ideas. But basically this seems to be a reflection of modern “sacred geometry” ideas about the star tetrahedron (two tetrahedrons superimposed in opposite directions) being the “Merkabah,” the Chariot of God from Ezekiel, a merging of New Age geometry and Jewish mysticism. In early days, a strain of mystical thought was known as the Maseh Merkabah, and it is mentioned in the Talmud. As best I understand it, in Kabbalah the Merkabah could manifest in a human as the voice of one of the Sefira, or emanations that create the physical realm from the spiritual. New Agers apparently apply this to the entire planet.
The short form is that Truman’s sacred geometry holds water only if we identify the star tetrahedron as the Merkabah, and as best I can tell, that’s a New Age idea associated with “energy” magic. I haven’t been able to find reference to the Merkabah as tetrahedrons before the mid-1990s, but a lot of New Age material from before then isn’t online. Since material about the Merkabah as tetrahedrons refers to “ascended masters,” I’d guess there is a theosophy influence, too. The specific issue of tetrahedrons being related to “energy” vortexes at 19.47° (or 19.5°) seems to have been popularized in the early 1990s by Richard Hoagland, who claimed that many heavenly bodies had energy vortexes at that point, such as Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and Mars’s Olympus Mons. From there, New Age writers like Richard Dannelley related it to Kabbalistic material about the Merkabah in the Keys of Enoch, a 1977 book by James J. Hurtak claiming to explain how God manifests in the material plain through thought-forms.
Sound familiar? That’s exactly what Truman claims Teotihuacan was supposed to be. Underneath his silly math, numerology, and fringe history, he’s just imagining new ways to apply the Keys of Enoch, whose ancient wisdom dates to 1977 and is a bunch of New Age mysticism married to the Watchers from the Book of Enoch.
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