Left abandoned in 700 CE, Teotihuacan translates to the City of the Gods, or When Men Become Gods in Nahuatl. The ancient city's layout appears to be a precise scale model of the Milky Way including Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus as discovered by Hugh Harleston Jr. in his research. It's important to note that those three planets were not rediscovered by telescopes until the late 18th century, yet the Mayans and Aztecs were aware of these heavenly bodies. Three pyramids make create the city's foundation - The Pyramid of the Sun, Moon, and of the Feathered Serpent Kukulcan who is also known as Quetzalcoatl. The configuration of step pyramids in Teotihuacan strikingly resemble same celestial alignment found in Giza, matching the constellation Orion. Huge, highly polished mirrors were discovered under the center of the Pyramid of the Sun accessible from a natural cave, as well as sheets of mica found in the upper levels. Even more intriguing is a fourth temple found at the site; deemed the Mica Temple in which large sheets of mica up to 90ft. long were found below a stone slab floor, in a configuration appearing to be functional and not for decoration. Sources have traced both Teotihuacan and Olmec mica to originate from over 2,000 miles away in Brazil.
A ceremony continued to this day in Teotihuacan, the Danza de los Voladores, is designed to give on-lookers the perception of birds descending from the heavens. Some theorists believe Totonac flying dances represent Kukulcan's path from the sky to Earth as depicted in the temples and houses of Tulum. However, popular belief suggests pole flying originated as an attempt to please the gods to end drought. There are several variations, and each one is effective at creating death-defying, peaceful slow falls from the heavens, mesmerizing anyone who has the privilege to a show.
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