Belgian Scientists Discover That the Pyramid Transforms the Echo Into Natural Sounds
Some of the distinctive features of the Mayan culture are found in their architecture and their advanced knowledge on astronomy and mathematics. One of these architectural wonders is The Castle, located in Chichen Itza; it is perhaps one of the most surprising examples of this because recent studies attributed singular acoustic properties to this construction.
A study carried out by Belgian scientists showed that the temple has the quality to transform the echo into natural sounds; this proved an old theory that says this pyramid was built as a giant resonator.
This acoustic study carried out by Nico Declercq, from the University of Ghent, and his work crew, showed that the sound waves bounce on the steps of the pyramid creating sounds that imitate the twittering of birds, as well as the sound of rain drops falling onto a pond.
The sound of birds twittering reminds people of the trill of a quetzal, a sacred animal for the Mayans, was identified by David Lubman in 1998, and it takes place with just a simple applause at the base of the pyramid’s stairway. Regarding the sound of rain, let me tell you that it is not a coincidence, since this element played an important role in the Mayan culture.
Declercq got really impressed when he listened to that echo sound by himself during a conference about acoustics in 2002. It really reminds me of the twittering of a bird, but it would be necessary to ask the builders of the pyramid if they knew what they were doing exactly – he said.
This researcher’s calculations showed that even when there is evidence that the engineering of the pyramid was conceived to produce surprising sounds, he was completely sure that the builders were not able to predict what the sounds would remind the listeners of.
Lubman was the first person who got convinced that the builders of The Castle created the Twittering Effect intentionally. But Declercq and their colleagues disagree with this and at the same time claim that it is not absolutely certain, since the sound that the echo in the pyramid returns depends on the original source that produces the sound.
The Castle, built between 300 and 450 A.D., has four sides with 91 steps each. If we add the one at the top, it gives a total of 365 steps: the same number of days the solar year has. Chichen Itza reached its highest splendor during the XI and XIII centuries, and started its decadence and abandonment period from the XV century.
Source: El Mundo Al Día, newspaper issue published on Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
From Hunbatz Men: This pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza has also other scientific qualities like mathematical and calendaric. This can be appreciated on the architecture of this pyramid which shows marks of different astronomical calendars.
I will talk of the mathematical sciences and how to understand the Mayan Astronomical Calendars. I will also speak of about the sacred Mayan Geometry and the way the Mayans included it in theirculture. We could say that the western world has its own way of understanding geometry and the Mayans have a different way of understanding it. A clear example of this is that the circle is just a geometric shape for the western culture; for the Mayans however, it has a more profound meaning.
For the Mayans, the circle is the representation of the spirit and the sphere represents the spirit in movement; besides, they give the circle a numeric value of 13. Thus, we can conclude that for the Mayans the circle is a perfect shape that represents the perfect spirit. Also everybody knows that both our Mother Earth and Father Sun are spheres; so we can say that together they are a perfect spirit with the shape of a sphere.
All this make us realize that Geometry was very important in the Mayan culture since it acquired a cultural value that would be used to educate and understand. And we can also observe that nature itself encloses many geometric shapes, and even the name of God is connected to geometry. Let us just remember that the name of God in Maya is Hunab K’u, whose translation into English is “The Only Giver of Movement and Measurement”.
Finally, I would like to quote a scientific statement: “Cells and molecules are subject to geometrical shapes maintained in moulds of vibrations of energy.”
Maya Itza Tradition