|Hanuman, the "monkey god," seen with the devi Sita (LifeIsPixels/flickr.com)|
|A stream winds through part of an unexplored valley in Mosquitia in eastern Honduras, a region long rumored to contain a legendary “White City,” Cuidad Blanca, also called the City of the Monkey God (Dave Yoder/natgeo.com).|
|Hanuman, Monkey God (BD)|
|Map of Honduras in Mesoamerica/South America (courtesy of the murderers at the CIA/wiki)|
Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest
|A “were-jaguar” effigy, likely representing a combination of a human and spirit animal, is part of a still-buried ceremonial seat, or metate, one of many artifacts discovered in a cache in ruins deep in the Honduran jungle (Dave Yoder/nategeo.com).|
In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture
An [American] expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied “White City,” also referred to in legend as the “City of the Monkey God.”
|Honduran troops lead a convoy through a town that served as the base for helicopters ferrying members of the expedition to a location in the Mosquitia rain forest where they examined ruins of an ancient city (Dave Yoder/natgeo.com).|
|Hoard of gold found (natgeo.com)|
Stories of “Cuidad Blanca” and a Monkey God
The European "discovery"
- [The "Smithsonian" is not one institution as the name suggests. It is a flexible set of hand-selected institutions that hide away some of the best artifacts and skeletons of giants, extraterrestrials, monsters, and other inexplicable discoveries that call into question the consensus reality "respectable science" feeds us through the mainstream media and academic journals. See the work of Michael Cremo (mcremo.com) called "forbidden archeology."]
|Archaeologist Oscar Neil Cruz of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History examines a building stone discovered during a foray to a location identified by lidar as a place of interest. Several such construction stones, apparently shaped by hand, were found in a row at the top of what appears to be an ancient plaza (Dave Yoder/natgeo.com).|
The evidence of public and ceremonial architecture, giant earthworks and house mounds, possible irrigation canals and reservoirs, all led Fisher to conclude that the settlement was, indeed, a pre-Columbian city.
Threatened by Deforestation
|Anna Cohen, a University of Washington anthropology grad student, documents a cache of more than 50 artifacts discovered in the jungle. Following scientific protocol, no objects were removed from the site. The scientists hope to mount an expedition soon to further document and excavate the site before it can be found by looters (Dave Yoder/natgeo.com).|
An archaeological discovery isn’t confirmed until it has been “ground-truthed.” The ground exploration team consisted of American and Honduran archaeologists, a lidar engineer, an anthropologist, an ethnobotanist [expert on plant and human relationship], documentary filmmakers, and support personnel. Sixteen Honduran Special Forces soldiers provided security. The National Geographic Society sent a photographer and a writer.
|Former British SAS commando Steve “Sully” Sullivan (right) waits while the scientific team puzzles over a construction stone that they believe was carved by members of a vanished civilization yet to be identified (Dave Yoder/natgeo.com).|
The valley is densely carpeted in a rain forest so primeval that the animals appear never to have seen humans before. An advance team clearing a landing zone for helicopters supplying the expedition noted spider monkeys peering down curiously from the trees above, and guinea hen and a tapir wandering into camp, unafraid of the human visitors.
"This is clearly the most undisturbed rain forest in Central America. The importance of this place can’t be overestimated." - Mark Plotkin, ethnobotanist
The region also is gravely threatened. Deforestation for ranching has checkerboarded the jungle to within a dozen miles of the valley. Huge swaths of virgin rain forest are being cut illegally and burned to make way for cattle.
|Save the world (meatlessmonday.com)|
- [Our meat eating, our personal choice to consume the slaughtered flesh of creatures, has profound consequences for the environment, to say nothing of their pain and lives. Shopping a McDonald's and eating cows, pigs, chickens, and fish is paying capitalists to send in killers to round up these creatures, imprison them, and cut them up on an industrial scale so vast that more than million lives are lost a DAY just to feed this filthy karmic habit in the USA alone. Is it "moral"? Probably not, but who cares: It's anti-environment, it destroys ecosystems, it pollutes the air with methane and chemicals, it contaminates ground water, it destroys the seas.]
Virgilio Paredes Trapero, the director of the IHAH, under whose auspices the expedition operated, spent several days at the site. He concluded: “If we don’t do something right away, most of this forest and valley will be gone in eight years.” He spread his hands. “The Honduran government is committed to protecting this area, but doesn’t have the money. We urgently need international support.”
|Amazonians show Dr. Schultes (W)|