The Orion Enigma

Punk Archaeology  |  10/17/2016

For some reason ancient cultures all over the planet appear to have chosen to build and align structures on their sacred sites to the stars of the Orion constellation. While many people contend that this is the result of nothing more than our ancient ancestors reacting to Orion’s prominence in the night sky, others believe there may have been a specific method to their madness.

Bauval's Orion Correlation - In Spanish
Bauval’s Orion Correlation

In 1983, author and independent researcher Robert Bauval suggested that the three ancient pyramids in Giza, Egypt were purposefully aligned by their builders to the three belt stars of Orion. This was the genesis of Bauval’s famous “Orion Correlation Theory.” While lauded by many in the independent research community, this foray into archeo-astronomy was not met with fanfare in the academic community. Many academics have come out loudly against this theory over the years, some going so far as to place Bauval in a new category called “pseudo archaeology” – a term created to help promote the work of academia by aggressively attempting to discredit the work of independent researchers. It may be difficult to understand how or why the ancient Egyptians would align their structures to Orion, but if they did they may not be the only ancient culture to do so.

Author Paul Burley contends that certain stones within Stonehenge align to Orion, and do so at many times throughout the year. Petroglyphs representing Orion and Sirius have reportedly been found inside the back chamber of Loughcrew in Ireland, a site (and markings) we were fortunate to have seen first-hand this summer along with Stonehenge on our Anarchy in the UK tour. Were the ancient Celts tracking Orion? Their counterparts in Mesoamerica certainly were.

Temple of Quetzalcoatl, Teotihuacan
Temple of Quetzalcoatl, Teotihuacan

We’ve spoken with three Maya historians to learn that their ancient Maya ancestors aligned structures to Orion. As our friend Israel Canto explains in this episode, the Maya aligned their oldest and largest structures in “triadic” groups of three to mimic the belt stars of Orion. Structures built in the “Preclassic” era (prior to 1000 BC) were built in groups of three, with a primary pyramid flanked with two smaller structures. This can be seen at the ruins of Caracol in Belize, El Mirador in Mexico and Tikal Temple IV in Guatemala. Typically the oldest Maya structures are found in the Lowland areas of Central America where Maya civilization reportedly began.

Some Maya to this day place three stones in a triangle on their hearth to commemorate the fertile region known as the “fiery furnace,” an area centered between Orion’s center belt star and two feet where his phallus would exist. Isn’t it odd that this region known as “M42” or the Orion Nebula is an extremely active region of star creation? That fertility as creation exists in an area of this constellation where a physical embodiment of fertility would be?

The ancient Nahuatl builders of Teotihuacan near Mexico City, the so-called “Birthplace of the Gods” also aligned the three pyramids of the Sun, Moon and Quetzalcoatl with the three belt stars of Orion. This “As above so below” approach to Orion could’ve migrated North with the Aztecs or their Nahuatl neighbors into what is now the Four Corners region of the United States as well, where the ancient pueblo cultures apparently venerated Orion as well.

Author Gary A. David, familiar with Bauval’s work applied it to villages and ceremonial sites built by the ancient ancestors of the Hopi in the Southwest U.S. known as the Hisatsinom or Anasazi. David found that the ancient Hisatsinom ancestors of the pueblo peoples of North America also got the memo on aligning structures with Orion. Not only do the three belt stars of Orion align with the three mesas on which the Hopi have lived for more than 1,000 years, but Hisatsinom villages separated by hundreds of miles are aligned with ALL the stars of Orion. As David also notes in this episode, the star Sirius – the dog star, a star also revered by the ancient Egyptians, Dogon and others – aligns with Chaco Canyon, an ancient ceremonial center that was possibly run into the ground by the wicked Chichimecs, oddly known as the “Sons of the dog.” Coincidence? Learn more at Gary’s website – he has published two outstanding books on Orion in The Orion Zone and Mirrors of Orion.

AZ Hopi Orion Correlation
AZ Orion Correlation, by Gary A. David

What could’ve possibly motivated these people to expend the time and effort to align structures with the stars of Orion, especially during a time in which survival was a daily chore? In pondering similarities between these ancient cultures we find they are all engaged in honoring fertility and fertility gods. Specifically, a god associated with grain. To the ancient Egyptians this god was named Osiris, and he is represented by the constellation Orion. His wife, Isis is represented by Sirius. The Egyptians watched carefully for the heliacal rising of Sirius annually, as it signaled the beginning of the flooding of the Nile delta bringing fertility to crops.

The Maya also have a grain god, a maize god called First Father or Hun Hunaphu. Very much like the story of Osiris, Hun Hunaphu was killed and resurrected. Interestingly Hun Hunaphu was resurrected through a turtle shell representing the constellation Orion. Not to be outdone, the Hopi have a deity called Massa’u as discussed by Gary David in this episode – a god who just happens to be associated with agriculture and the constellation Orion. Were all these ancient cultures bringing the stars of Orion to earth to honor a fertility god associated with the constellation?

The Orion Constellation
The Orion Constellation

It’s quite compelling to consider that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Celts, Maya, Nahuatl and Hopi – peoples separated by thousands of miles and years – not only relate to the constellation Orion intimately but in a very similar manner. They all meticulously brought the stars of Orion to earth, and they all worship a fertility deity associated with this constellation. Could this be the same god? In the story of Osiris, Osiris claims to leave Egypt after bestowing his wisdom there, in order to bring it to other peoples. Was there a globe-trotting grain god spreading his seed about the planet in ancient times?

There are only four ways this kind of knowledge can be conveyed. Either we are talking about the same people who populated the globe in ancient times, there was contact between seemingly disparate groups at a time we are told it was impossible, a third party took the knowledge from one group to another, or all peoples pulled this knowledge from the Jungian collective unconscious or what author David Wilcock calls the “source field” simultaneously. Interestingly academia sees this as nothing more than coincidence. However, if the story of Osiris is on point the work of independent researchers Jason Jarrell and Hugh Newman could shed new light on the situation.

Authors Jarrel and Newman are breaking new ground in books due in the coming months that will support the possibility of an ancient group or groups of  globetrotting megalith builders who may also have been very large beings. Their work to date has already led us to journal entries from agents of the Smithsonian Institution who claim to have unearthed giant human skeletons on multiple occasions, and the subsequent efforts of Ales Hrldska and his Nazi cohorts in the U.S. Eugenics Society to obscure this history and keep it from public record. They were quite successful, but the books of Newman and Jarrel may turn the tide and bring much needed awareness to the obfuscation of our history by special interests. Will we learn that giants not only existed, but spread advanced culture throughout the world in ancient times? Stay tuned!