Crystal Skull mania!

This summer, as the world prepares for the fourth installment of Indiana Jones – Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls – you can bet the real crystal skulls will be getting plenty of scrutiny from the public at large.

Yes, the Crystal Skulls really exist.

This is an article that appeared today on archeology.org, and it’s quite enlightening as to the history of the real crystal skulls, about which there is suprisingly little really know, other than that they date back to ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures, among others, are weighty, valuable and bear little stylistic resemblance to any of the great art of antiquity that came out of these cultures.

If you’re one of the 10s – yes 10s – of people that have read this blog with any sort of semi-regularity, you know I’m always game for a good conspiracy theory, especially if it involves shadow governments, aliens or marshmallow Fluff.

The crystal skulls fit all of these in that there are widespread theories about their mysterious magical qualities, that their secrets have been contained by malignant government forces, that they were gifts to ancient humankind from alien overseers and that I’d love to get my hands on one to see how well a jar of Fluff would spread on it – I can see an Elvis pompadour right now.

When me lived in the Hudson Valley, my wife was a longtime employee of The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, and every summer there would be a weekend workshop dedicated to the crystal skulls, in which at least one of the skulls would make an appearance and its magical powers would be revealed.

I always wanted to attend this workshop – along with the one about learning how to do remote seeing (see conspiracy theories above) – but never did, for fear of the ridicule I would have to endure. The aging hippies in the area loved it, though, and I heard tales extolling the virtues of these mysterious sculptures over and over. I should have taken the chance when I had it. Who needs to see Thich Naht Hahn, anyway?

They are indeed beautiful to behold, and certainly a little creepy. There are countles dissafected teenagers dying to burn a candle on top of one of these things and take a black and white picture of it, or put it on a shelf next to their similarly designed bong.

Indy will certainly reveal something important about the skulls when he makes millions this summer, so if you want to impress your friends with your advance knowledge of the skulls, check out the link to the truly informative archeology.org article, written by an expert. All kidding aside, it’s good stuff.

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