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July 14, 2010 12:25 PM   Subscribe

The ancient Hebrew Conception of the Universe. Mayan Interdimensional Star Map. A scale model of the orbits of the planets in our solar system. More by Michael Paukner (via).
posted by Artw (28 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

 
Double (partly).
posted by albrecht at 12:31 PM on July 14, 2010


I want this blown up and placed behind my desk place.
posted by The Whelk at 12:32 PM on July 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Double or no, these are boss.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:34 PM on July 14, 2010


but I'm pretty sure it's turtles all the way down.
posted by Some1 at 12:35 PM on July 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Turtles or no, can someone explain the Mayan cosmology chart? Because it's emitting painfully high levels of awesome.
posted by a small part of the world at 12:41 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


As best as I can tell, The Mayans came to our planet from the ruins of the Galatica and then discovered hallucinogens
posted by The Whelk at 12:50 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I had a little deja vu with the Mayan cosmology chart. It looks a lot like the Kabbalah Tree of Life.
posted by mullingitover at 12:52 PM on July 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Love the "Ancient Hebrew Conception." Would like to own that one.

I'm also rather amazed by how much better I understood the Hebrew and Mayan ideas after a quick look at these first two links. The visual presentation is beautifully clear.
posted by bearwife at 12:57 PM on July 14, 2010


That death ray lighthouse looks suspiciously like a Dalek.
posted by Babblesort at 1:00 PM on July 14, 2010


Not to commodify everything, but if the Mayan Interdimensional Star Map isn't on a t-shirt already, I don't quite understand the universe the way I thought I did.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:01 PM on July 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm glad that myan map is accesible online.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to fold an interdimentional map?

You don't want to know what happened to the last universe the last time I tried to do that.
posted by chambers at 1:05 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Babblesort: That death ray lighthouse looks suspiciously like a Dalek.

Yes, I thought the same thing -- and I also thought it reminded me of their reality bomb.

though since my view of universe can often best be described as this, this isn't surprising
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:09 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


How "coincidental" that the Mayan map looks just like the Tree of Kabbbalah.

Seriously, I lived in Sedona, AZ for a while. I know my woo-woo.
posted by hippybear at 1:22 PM on July 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


Hrm. too many bees in my Kabbalah tree of life. I'll call pest control later.
posted by hippybear at 1:29 PM on July 14, 2010


Metafilter: I know my woo-woo.
posted by The Whelk at 1:31 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ka-b-b-balah, b-bah-b-balah, b-dang-a-dang-ding-dong.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:45 PM on July 14, 2010


How "coincidental" that the Mayan map looks just like the Tree of Kabbbalah.
Hrm. too many bees in my Kabbalah tree of life.


The extra 'B' is for 'Bring Your Own Bagels'.
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:59 PM on July 14, 2010


How "coincidental" that the Mayan map looks just like the Tree of Kabbbalah.

I could tell you why, but then I would have to flay you and wear your skin in order to channel Xipe Totec, diety of life, death and rebirth.
posted by Artw at 2:00 PM on July 14, 2010


TEACH THE CONTROVERSY!!!!
posted by LordSludge at 2:56 PM on July 14, 2010 [4 favorites]


You guys are hilarious.

Also, who knew Tolkien was a Jew? Or Gary Gygax for that matter.
posted by joe lisboa at 3:20 PM on July 14, 2010


Also, that ancient Hebrew cosmology map looks like it's based on the Speech from the Whirlwind in Job 38-42. It's not "wrong" so much as "deceptively authoritative".

Sort of like making a map based on Coleridge's Kubla Khan and then titling it: "Mongol Urban Planning."
posted by felix betachat at 4:54 PM on July 14, 2010 [5 favorites]


Yeah that Mayan is basically him mapping mythological bullshit onto the Tree of Life. Hunab Ku is a modern myth about their myths... (which I'm sad about, because I wanted to get that as a Tat, and it's a cool symbol, and I still could, but the bullshit about it being some great galactic spiritual thing not being true merely makes it just another pretty pattern)

Cool looking stuff, but I'd carry a huge chunk of salt.
posted by symbioid at 5:28 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Ka-b-b-balah, b-bah-b-balah, b-dang-a-dang-ding-dong.
posted by HannoverFist at 6:55 PM on July 14, 2010


Looking at the orbits of the planets and seeing that they end at Neptune makes me miss Pluto. Pluto was the like the dignified period at the end of the sentence that is our solar system. Now we have a big blue exclamation point. Too shouty.
posted by KingEdRa at 7:35 PM on July 14, 2010 [11 favorites]


"License and registration, please."
((wordlessly hands officer the Mayan Interdimensional Star Map))
posted by unregistered_animagus at 7:39 PM on July 14, 2010


We've really lost Pluto, haven't we? That is really sad. This is the first time it's really hit home.
posted by yellowbinder at 1:37 AM on July 15, 2010


The Pluto thing hit me hard too. My very excellent mother just served us nice.... Just nice.
posted by robstercraw at 6:37 AM on July 15, 2010


Why do you hate all the other trans-Neptunian objects? Should they not be equal? Pluto isn't even the biggest one!
posted by Artw at 11:30 AM on July 15, 2010


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