Mayan Priestess

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Un­til the present day, one fact about the Mayans was still re­main­ing un­ex­plained. That is the very slight de­for­ma­tions in the shapes of the low­er back's ver­te­brae in some an­cient Mayan ca­dav­ers that al­ways puz­zled the sci­en­tists. For a long time it was con­sid­ered that the de­for­ma­tions ap­peared in the process of con­struc­tion of the fa­mous Mayan zig­gu­rats, as the Mayans had to lift heavy blocks, pos­si­bly in some un­healthy way which caused the de­for­mi­ties to grow over the years of hard work.

How­ev­er, the para­dox that this hy­poth­e­sis could not ex­plain ful­ly was that the fig­ures of those whose back­bones pos­sessed these spe­cif­ic de­for­ma­tions were very del­i­cate, and most of them were fe­males, thus mak­ing the "hard-work­ing the­o­ry" il­log­i­cal. For a long time the the­o­ry's pro­tec­tors tried to prove, and did so quite suc­cess­ful­ly, that the Mayans used all the work­ing pow­er they could get, in­clud­ing women. These the­o­ries cre­at­ed the false vi­sion of the Mayans as a cru­el, bar­bar­ic so­ci­ety where slav­ery pros­pered. How­ev­er, many sci­en­tists kept doubt­ing that the Mayans tru­ly lacked the work­ing pow­er and abused their peo­ple to that ex­tent.

In Sep­tem­ber, 2012, the fa­mous an­thro­pol­o­gist, Prof. Yu­ni Muhamaru of the Yu­ni­ver­si­ty of Caliph'hor­nia has fi­nal­ly brought some light on­to the sub­ject of the mys­te­ri­ous Mayan spines...

"Af­ter spend­ing sev­er­al years on study­ing the log­ic and cul­ture of the Mayans, we ran in­to a dead end and were ready to give up try­ing to un­der­stand this very strangest phe­nom­e­non.

But one day dur­ing a cof­fee break I saw a video on the in­ter­net which sud­den­ly turned our whole re­search com­plete­ly up­side down! In this video, a young fe­male ac­ro­bat was dis­play­ing her abil­i­ty of flex­ing her spine to the most un­be­liev­able an­gles, and while I was dazed­ly watch­ing her per­for­mance, a thought ap­peared in my mind: it looks com­plete­ly im­pos­si­ble, her ver­te­brae should be all de­formed to let her prac­tice such ex­treme con­tor­tions of her tor­so. Sud­den­ly a New­ton's ap­ple fell on my very head: that was it!

We turned en­tire­ly to the study of the hu­man spine it­self, and specif­i­cal­ly the ac­ro­bat­ic achieve­ments of sev­er­al sub­jects very sim­i­lar in their phys­i­cal abil­i­ties to the above­men­tioned per­former. We have test­ed and cho­sen the most no­tably flex­i­ble sub­jects and an­a­lyzed thor­ough­ly the x-rays of their spinal columns.

The re­sults shocked us all: the sim­i­lar­i­ties to the Mayan spines were too ob­vi­ous to ig­nore. All these years we were dig­ging in a com­plete­ly wrong di­rec­tion, so to speak! The truth was al­ways so close but our fee­ble West­ern minds were un­able to grasp it, and we were ready to as­sume every­thing: so­cial fac­tors, slav­ery, hard work... every­thing ex­cept the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the Mayans in fact strived to con­trol their bod­ies to that ex­tent that we couldn't even have imag­ined.

Based on this dis­cov­ery, we have de­vel­oped a com­plete­ly new the­o­ry about the Mayan life and habits that put the Mayans and their so­cial val­ues at an in­cred­i­bly far dis­tance from the West­ern lifestyle that we know. It is out­lined very well in our pub­li­ca­tion in the "Amer­i­ca's Got Sci­en­tists" jour­nal, but I'll try to retell it very briefly here.

We think that the Mayans be­lieved in a spir­i­tu­al con­nec­tion be­tween peo­ple and their deities. The gods were con­sid­ered to be some­thing be­yond the hu­man world, some­thing mag­i­cal that the hu­mans could not reach. Thus, peo­ple with ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­i­ties were seen by com­mon­ers as com­ing from the places be­yond the hu­man reach and pos­sess­ing god-like pow­ers. Such peo­ple would of­ten be­come priests, the hands of gods in this world.

For ex­am­ple, some­one who re­ceived a spe­cial abil­i­ty be­cause of a phys­i­cal trau­ma or a trau­ma­tiz­ing habit, would most like­ly be­come a priest, sim­ply by demon­strat­ing this abil­i­ty to the crowd as a proof of the di­vine rank. As the trau­mas caus­ing the abil­i­ties to ap­pear be­came more repet­i­tive, the priests were able to cat­e­go­rize and sys­tem­atize them, their dis­cov­er­ies led to the for­ma­tion of a whole sys­tem of train­ing these abil­i­ties on pur­pose.

For ex­am­ple, a Mayan girl would un­der­go spe­cial dai­ly ex­er­cis­es giv­ing her the abil­i­ty to twist her tor­so 180 de­grees along the spinal ax­is. Ac­cord­ing to our re­search, such an abil­i­ty would take up to 10 years to mas­ter, mak­ing very lit­tle dai­ly progress to make sure the body adapts it­self to this hy­per­ex­ten­sion of the spinal discs in a way that is the least risky for her health in a long run. If start­ed ear­ly enough, by the time of reach­ing her adult­hood, she would al­most au­to­mat­i­cal­ly be­come a priest­ess and gain a very high so­cial sta­tus which was more than worth the ef­fort.

Need­less to men­tion, such ar­ti­fi­cial train­ing tech­niques were on­ly passed by priests to their own chil­dren or to their spe­cial ap­pren­tices whom they want­ed to in­her­it the line. The train­ing was sa­cred and com­plete­ly hid­den from the pry­ing eyes of sim­ple com­mon­ers, thus to them the priest­ess' ex­treme flex­i­bil­i­ty was a feat of mag­ic and the most vivid vi­su­al proof of her high spir­i­tu­al sta­tus."

Prof. Muhamaru, al­so be­ing an artist, has made a sci­en­tif­ic re­con­struc­tion of what a typ­i­cal Mayan priest­ess might look like. The study was based on sev­er­al fe­male ca­dav­ers pos­sess­ing the afore­men­tioned ver­te­bra de­for­mi­ties. A spe­cial com­put­er pro­gram helped to re­con­struct the de­gree at which their spinal columns could twist at their time of life. None of the tal­ent­ed par­tic­i­pants in­volved with the re­search could re­pro­duce this po­si­tion in re­al life yet, which puts in awe of how mar­velous the Mayans were at con­trol­ling their bod­ies, if the cal­cu­la­tions are cor­rect.

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