WITZ THE MAYAN MOUNTAIN GOD IN GUATEMALA
Biggest Head Monument in the World
 

By Rene Sanchinelli P.

As a result of several trips in the Guatemala lowlands I have observed a very interesting resemblance of the cerro 3 piedras on the road to Escuintla, during years I just commented the huge zoomorphic face looking to the sky to the tourist, recently a Guatemalan architect name Prado published that he is convinced that a small part of the top of this hill may have being man made or transformed for ceremonial use and points to some other near archaeological reminds that deserve further investigation, his interesting "construction eye" oriented work remain me the early observations that I have made from what I now call the zoomorphic face of the WITZ IK mountain god.
 
During years of visiting archaeological sites as tour operator in Guatemala and thanks to the close observation of my small registered collection from my hotel museum Posada Belen in Guatemala city I have develop an eye to find hidden intricate pre-Columbian designs in the artifacts and in steles, so here I will like to expose to your expert eyes what I think is a gigantic discovery of what I think may be the mountain god Witz (see Schelle Image 0061 at famsi.org) the face also has some resemblance with IK the storm god, witch will make sense since this is a heavy stormy area, and also a wind corridor, since it is located near the beginning of the cañon de Palin well known for its wind, this head looks very simian just like the IK face at the statuettes from Copan (see pictures below) and the IK altars at Quirigua showing the typical syncretism show in sculptures, it also call to my attention the close existence of a small river call "cantil" witch means snake, symbol that usually appears being emerging from the open mouth of IK like the examples in Copan and Quirigua.
 
Please review the images I have prepared below to show you the amazing resemblance to what could be the biggest man made zoomorphic head  monument in the world, and similar to the one next to Machu Pichu in Peru. It could be only partial human made or not, but this is now open to further investigation, I am just pointing to its interesting existence and that it is worth to investigate further.
 
sincerely
 
Rene G. Sanchinelli
www.posadabelen.com
www.guatemalaweb.com

 

The Simian face is typical of IK but also the Witz god face has a double nose and a cave, door or open jaw indicating the access to the underworld, a cave has being located near by, and also some huge dome rock very symmetrical that is actually in use as a Mayan chapel , also some near structures and lots of clay fragments in some human made mounts....the face is about 90 meters high from the head base and about 189 mts long. this measures do not take in count the total mountain altitude witch is about 400mts.

Xibalba
cave was believe to be a myth for long time until the actual "Cueva de Candelaria" appeared some years a go, maybe the WITZ is not a myth either and this could be the origin of the sacred mountain glyph witch could represent this specific geographical place, where ceremonies and maybe important ball games took place (I believe there must be a buried ball court near by waiting to be found) so the Hix Witz (jaguar mountain) mentioned in various glyphs writings maybe was here.   Because this face could be also interpreted as a jaguar face just like the one below, note the "double thooths" that in fact are rattles from the rattle snake tail, so we see the 2 snakes element emerging from the witz-ik god mouth here too..the water-rain elements are upside down in the ear rigns, also if you note (hard to see in this picture) on bought the sides of the top there is the same witz-ik face loking up to the sky too...just like in the cerro 3 piedras.

Witz - ik, Quirigua



Quirigua glyph in the right showing similar face deity, probably
IK, note the double nose and open jaw and the ax
like instrument used to generate the rumbles during the storms, also the snake tails in the top and the water symbols as rain drops in a grape like symbol. The deity hand is grabbing the instrument in an inverted T shape (IK symbol)
in a upside down position. The syncretism or mix of different gods in one figure is an essential part of the Mayan culture and writing, actual Mayan religion is a mix of catholic saints and ancient gods, so it is not rare to find such mixtures not just in their religious cults but in their objects too.
IK at Quirigua fighting or flying with the snake :
(wind - lighting - rumble - rain - storm)

Note the glyph blocks writing forming T shapes in its back witch also shapes a mountain or pyramid. It is believed that the Mayan pyramids where artificial mountains trying to get prayer man up, closer to the gods, a big difference with Egyptian pyramids that where used mainly as graves.

IK the storm god at Copan, the snakes are also present emerging from his jaws and as rattle snake, the rumble making instrument appears as a big drum hitter being hold in his left arm.
Look at the lower jaw, Prado suggested it represents a head and a belly anthropomorphic (60mts high) similar to the Monte Alto barrigones (actually at La Democracia museum) and frequently present in pre-classic sites like Takalik Abaj  Kaminal Juyu and others. The Mayans still use the ceremonial altar (1.8m by 40cms high) witch is located under the jaw of the Witz-IK god in the picture in is also the chin of the barrigon´s head
 
                            
typical barrigon from Takalik Abaj and La Democracia
Why WITZ the mountain god too?

Links to some Famsi.org records showing Witz god

 


CERRO 3 PIEDRAS  OR
MONTAÑA  de WITZ-IK,  actual Mayans who performs the rituals in this montains call him "dios mundo" and they
believe he is the owner of everything and they are asking its permit to use the land resources.


 Witz -Ik trone from Piedras Negras note the same elements as the Quirigua gliph, double nouse, snake tails on mouth sides, rattle snake tail scales as tooths, the witz mountain element (upsidedown) under the human figures and in the top of the nouses.  (C) René Sanchinelli
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