Select Page

Excellent article on the meaning of the cross in Maya tradition

Excellent article on the meaning of the cross in Maya tradition


Notice that these Green Maya Crosses contain the same symbols as the mysterious silver crosses found on the Coosawattee River in Northwest Georgia.  Is there a connection?

Glenn Patent sent us this article for the Yucatan Times.  Click the link at the bottom of the article to read it.   “What do the Green Crosses Mean” is the best one that I have seen in a magazine or book on the history and meaning of the cross in Maya cultural tradition during the Colonial Period and series of rebellions against their Spanish conquerors.   It is not quite complete, because actually there were originaly several types of crosses, with meanings such as the cosmos, Hene, the sun, the planet Venus, Henemako, the Great Sun (emperor), Māko (king) and Hene-ahau – Sunlords.

As mentioned in an earlier article,  while officially going to remote areas to study non-restored Maya city ruins, I was asked by US Naval Intelligence to determine the attitudes of the Mayas and Maya insurgents , in particular, toward the United States.  I was shocked to discover that both the national media and the Nixon Administration Defense Department/State Department badly misunderstood the history of southern Mexico and Central America.  The Mayas liked Americans and the French.   The Mayas had been in a constant state of either active or passive rebellion against their Spanish overlords for over 300 years.  

My Maya guide took along his very bright teenage children so that they could practice their English.   He said that the great dream of he and his people was to never have to speak another Spanish word.   They considered the Marxists infiltrating the region from Cuba to be Spaniards and thus, their long time enemies . . . not people who offered an alternative to their traditions.  The Maya Commoners had a long tradition of a form of representative democracy almost identical to that of the indigenous peoples of the Southeastern United States.

What do the mysterious green crosses in the houses of Yucatan mean?




The following two tabs change content below.
Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Subscribe to POOF via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this website and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 764 other subscribers

The Information World is changing!

People of One Fire needs your help to evolve with it.

We are now celebrating the 11th year of the People of One Fire. In that time, we have seen a radical change in the way people receive information. The magazine industry has almost died. Printed newspapers are on life support. Ezines, such as POOF, replaced printed books as the primary means to present new knowledge. Now the media is shifting to videos, animated films of ancient towns, Youtube and three dimensional holograph images.

During the past six years, a privately owned business has generously subsidized my research as I virtually traveled along the coast lines and rivers of the Southeast. That will end in December 2017. I desperately need to find a means to keep our research self-supporting with advertising from a broader range of viewers. Creation of animated architectural history films for POOF and a People of One Fire Youtube Channel appears to be the way. To do this I will need to acquire state-of-art software and video hardware, which I can not afford with my very limited income. Several of you know personally that I live a very modest lifestyle. If you can help with this endeavor, it will be greatly appreciated.

Support Us!

Richard Thornton . . . the truth is out there somewhere!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!