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What is the Mayan Hunab Ku?

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L. Cargill, Medical Laboratory Scientist, ASCP. Retired blood banker and laboratorian. Loves to write about a wide range of subjects. Enjoy!

Hunab Ku Symbol

Hunab Ku Meaning

Like all of the religions in all of the cultures of Earth, the Maya also had no name for a supreme creator god. The closest they came to the concept of a creator god was only a symbol representing something that none could pronounce.

The Galactic Butterfly represented the souls of all that had lived before and all that will ever be. The Hunab Ku was a symbol of the universal "all". In some ways it resembles the Asian concept of Yin and Yang - Good and Evil - Male and Female. In other ways the Hunab Ku represents the galactic center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Mayan Hunab Ku 2012

On December 21, 2012, the Sun will be in total eclipse between the Earth and the center of the galactic plane (or center) of the Milky Way Galaxy. This amazing lineup occurs every 5,125.36 years on the Winter Solstice.

The exact date is predicted by the Mayan calendar.This date has also been recorded for past events of the same magnitude.

In an even greater demonstration of Mayan engineering, the Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza is perfectly aligned with this eclipse! How did the Mayans build a stone monument that will last though the ages that is so completely aligned with a celestial event that only happens every 5,125 years?

The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza holds another mystery. One person can stand at the temple at one end of the court and another person can be at the far temple at the other end of the court and they can each whisper a conversation to each other. Archeologists have puzzled over this acoustic feature for years. This monument is the size of a football field.

Chitchen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

The Ball Court at Chichen Itza

The Chichen Itza Ball Court also surprises us with another mystery.

The Chichen Itza Ball Court also surprises us with another mystery.

Hunab Ku 2012

The Galactic Eclipse of 2012 will be a magnificent event. The Mayans predict a new epoch beginning on December 21, 2012. The age of Reason and Enlightenment begins. It is NOT the Mayan Apocalypse or the end of the world as we know it.

The Hunab Ku is a representative symbol of the sun's eclipse of the Galactic Plane. As the sun passes between the Earth and the center of our galaxy, the light of the sun and the vast dark spaces of the Milky Way will seem to merge together marking a new cycle that will last another 5,125 years.

Perhaps some universal energy will be strengthened by the precession of our solar system. Perhaps the Mayans recorded these details in the temple of Kulkukan at Chichen Itza. The temple itself is literally a "star map" and extremely large calendar. The pyramid acts like a giant sundial marking the days of the year with specific steps and shadows.

The Galactic Butterfly

Hunab Ku for a tattoo!

Hunab Ku for a tattoo!

The Hunab Ku and the great rift of the Milky Way Galaxy

Hunab Ku Pendants and Jewelry

The Mayan Apocalypse predictions are spurring great interest in the Mayan pyramids and Mayan tattoos. Jewelry with the Hunab Ku symbol is going like hot cakes. Wearing the Mayan symbols endorses a metaphysical power symbol, or so some believe, that will protect the wearer against the end of the world on December 21, 2012.

Accordingly, I have designed several Aztec and Mayan products for the shopping public via my stores at CafePress. The Mayan Hunab Ku Pendants are exceptionally lovely.

Hunab Ku Pendants


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© 2012 Lela

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BillW41 on May 24, 2020:

No sure that I agree the Maya had no name for a creator god. According to my researches the man-woman Hunab Ku was the invisible creator.

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Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on May 01, 2015:

Interesting about the Grand Canyon thing. I've always been interested in the connection between the Native Americans all up and down the corridor running from N. America to S. America.

Some say that the North Americans migrated from Asia and the South Americans may have come from Malaysia and that these two migrations met in the middle eventually.

Emese Fromm from The Desert on April 30, 2015:

This was a great read as well. I love the galactic butterfly symbol. Something funny though, they make t-shirts now with this symbol and the Grand Canyon of AZ. As far as I know there is no connection. I love The Forest of Kings, I liked you mentioning it. Yes I can tell you've studied the Maya :). So great to meet you here!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on July 15, 2012:

So, when are you going to model your "I survived the Mayan Apocalypse" t-shirt?

Tammy from North Carolina on July 15, 2012:

Wow Austinstar! I love this hub. So many articles about the Mayans only focus end of the world theories. It is really neat to learn something about what the eclipse really means. Your jewelry is gorgeous. The model looks really familiar and so pretty. Outstanding!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on July 03, 2012:

I've already bought two t-shirts with the "I survived the Mayan Apocalypse" design. It looks great. Let me know how the necklace looks.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 03, 2012:

Ha! Well whatever is going to happen or not happen - we will be there to see it! Yippee!!

I did see a few Discovery channel specials and there is a planetary alignment predicted. The Mayans were very intelligent and I wish we understood more about what the heck they were thinkin'!

I want to get one of those necklaces right now!! Oh I can't wait for 12/21/2012 - super excited!

Nell Rose from England on July 03, 2012:

The Maya were amazing astronomers, and extremely intelligent. Just to think of their inventions and the way they read the stars still amazes us today. We always think of the Now being the most advanced, but back then they were probably cleverer in some ways than we are. This is going to be a spectacular event, my brother will be out there with his telescope! lol! he has loved astronomy since he was a kid, great hub! and the pendant is great, nell

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on July 02, 2012:

Thank you for the kind words, Missolive. I have studied the maya for a while now. I still have much to learn though. they are a rich and intelligent culture.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on July 02, 2012:

lots of interesting info Lela. You've done a great job with this hub and I find it fascinating. I'll have to come back for another read and absorb this. It is evident you know quite a bit about the Maya culture.

shea duane from new jersey on July 02, 2012:

very interesting. I learned a few things here, and I love that. great hub.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on July 02, 2012:

I would love to cash in on the 'Mayan Apocalypse' craze! It's crazy! I am a scientist and the only 'end of the world' scenario that I believe in is when our star (the sun) runs out of fuel and can no longer support life on Earth.

Having said that, I have studied the Mayan culture for over 30 years and they have some very interesting astronomical observations, the winter solstice of 12/21/12 notwithstanding. Also, this is not widely known, but they predicted the popularity of the internet (world wide instant communication) about a thousand years ago along with the prediction of 'enlightenment' this winter.

Now as far as eclipsing the galactic plane, it has to do with the precession of our solar system. It may not be the 'center of our galaxy', but it is an alignment that occurs every 5,125 years, give or take a few. There have been several rare alignments this year leading up to the one on 12/21/12. I think we will see something spectacular (astronomically).

I wouldn't miss it for the world!

Mary Craig from New York on July 02, 2012:

Very interesting Austinstar, from any perspective. The Mayan people were and still are an amazement to us. It seems the more we learn about them the more outstanding their knowledge is!

This was an interesting and informative hub whether Dec. 12 changes the world or not ;)

Voted up and interesting.

scottcgruber on July 02, 2012:

While I don't blame you for trying to cash in on the 2012 hoax, I'm afraid the astronomy is a bit off. The Sun will not be eclipsing the galactic center on Dec. 21 this year or any year in the foreseeable future from Earth's perspective. The angle or our orbit around the Sun never puts us into alignment with the Sun and Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

Now it does bring us into alignment with the galactic equator - this is an imaginary plane drawn between the center of the galaxy and the Sun. Since it is a Sun-centered coordinate system and we orbit the Sun, we do cross this plane twice a year around December 21 and June 21. The fact that this crossing coincides with our solstice is an astronomical coincidence, but not a very interesting one.

The only enlightenment that will be occurring on December 21 is that we will be crossing over into an era when people are no longer making predictions about December 21.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on July 02, 2012:

I hadn't heard of Hunab Ku and I've been studying the Mayans for a long time. It's so neat that I have so much to learn...still. I love the fact that you talk about how we're headed for an age of Enlightenment and Reason - I sooo love that idea. Also, congrats on the fact that you have this stuff for sale at CafePress. I'm building my own Zazzle store and it's fun to see that others are doing similar things. Voted up and shared. :)

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 30, 2012:

Ever since my first trip to Cozumel way back in the 80's, I have been fascinated with the Mayans. When I first saw Chichen Itza, I was dumbfounded. It is truly an amazing place.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 30, 2012:

I visited Chichen Itza some time ago, Lela, and experienced for myself that supernatural acoustics mystery at the Ball Court. And who can explain the predictions of their calendar? Amazing people, those Mayans.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 29, 2012:

It's a celestial event, an astronomer's spectacle. I would love to study this with a real solar telescope!

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on June 29, 2012:

Very interesting article. I expect there will be quite a lot of hysteria leading up to "the big day". I don't believe anything is going to happen though.

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