Did you know your Monkee heritage extends into Central America where the Mayans had a Monkee god who (as the Baboon in Egypt) was the patron of the arts, music, writing and sculpture? In the Mayan Calendar, the Howler Monkee corresponds to knowledge of history and rituals, as well as prophecy. There is a fabled “Ciudad Blanca” in Honduras, dedicated to the Monkee God, but so far its location is unknown it is mentioned in pre-Columbian Toltec and Maya texts as “The ancient place where the aurora originates.” In the Aztec mythology of Mexico, the Monkee was connected to the sun, and was guarded by Cochipilli, the god of flower, fun, and fertility. In Mayan mythology, the Hero Twins Hun-Apu and Xbalanque were the sons of Hun Hunahpu and the Blood Moon. The story of the Hero Twins is told in the Popol Vuh. The pair was well favored by the Mayan gods, and over their lifetimes had a long career of defeating their enemies through trickery and great powers. Hun-Apu and Xbalanque were not well treated by their grandmother or their older half-brothers Hun-Batz (One Monkey) and Hun-Choen (One Artisan). Immediately after their births, their grandmother demanded that the Hero Twins be removed from the house due to their crying. Their elder brothers placed them on an anthill and among the brambles to sleep. Out of jealousy and spite they intended to kill their younger half-brothers, because before their birth, the older pair had been revered as the finest artisans and thinkers, and feared the twins would steal the attention they received.
Their attempts to kill the twins after birth were a failure, and the boys grew up without any obvious spite for their ill-natured older siblings. During their younger years, the twins were made to labor, going to hunt birds which they brought back for meals. The elder brothers were given their food to eat first, in spite of the fact they spend the day singing and playing while the younger twins were working. One day the pair returned from the field without any birds to eat, and were questioned by their older siblings. The younger boys claimed that they had indeed shot several birds but that they had gotten caught high in a tree and were unable to retrieve them. Hun-Batz and Hun-Choen were brought to the tree and climbed up to get the birds, then the tree suddenly began to grow even taller, and the older brothers were caught. This is also the first instance in which the twins demonstrate supernatural powers, or perhaps simply the blessings of the greater gods; the feats of power are often only indirectly attributed to the pair. The Hero Twins further humiliated his older brethren by instructing them to remove their pants and tie them about their waists in an attempt to climb down. The pants became tails, and the brothers were transformed into Monkees. When their grandmother was informed that the older boys had not been harmed, she demanded they be allowed to return. When they did come back to the home, their grandmother was unable to contain her laughter at their appearance, and the disfigured brothers ran away in shame.
Artistic excellence was honored and held sacred by the Ancient Mayan as evidenced by the inscriptions they left on stone monuments, cave walls and pottery. The Trecenas represent thirteen-day periods in the Mayan Calander. Each Trecena starts with the Number 1, but with a different Day Glyph. As a wave of the Thirteen Heavens, the underlying energy is governed by the First Day Glyph of the Trecena and influences all thirteen successive Day Glyphs. The Trecena marked with the symbol for Chuen (Monkee) represents the master artisan/craftsman, the imaginative, mischievous, and gaining wisdom through curiosity. Thus, this day sign symbolizes the Monkee as the master of 0all fine arts and innate knowledge. It was considered to be one of the most fortunate and lucky day signs. The members
of the Mayan royal houses, who specialized in knowledge, recognized the Monkee God as their patron deity. Given such an intimate connection between sacred knowledge and creative artistry the Monkee was one of the days dedicated to the Calendar keepers and their lore. Monkee is the day of the craftsman, the wisdom-keeper and the artist.
In 1939, Theodore Morde an American explorer claimed to have found the ruins of the fabled lost city “Ciudad Blanca”, where he saw the remains of a temple dedicated to a Monkee god. During a five-month expedition for the American Indian Museum, his expedition cut through dense vegetation and navigated miles of waterways in dugout canoes in vast uncharted land. Near his final destination was a waterfall and rapids, with pure white sand along its course. The explorer finally arrived at a site that he later called the Lost City of the Monkee God. He claimed the ruins were walled and covered a large area with remains of enormous buildings. Two large stone columns with carved monkey effigies marked a long paved pathway to a stairway of the main temple. On top of the pyramid shaped building there was an enormous carved statue of the Monkee God with an altar for sacrifices beneath it. Morde had to keep the location a secret to keep looters away, yet six years later published The City of the Monkey God. The publication described the ruins he had found and compared the pre-Columbian American Monkey God with Hanuman, the Monkee God of India, the only other Monkey God cult known to hue-mans. A serious explorer with many discoveries to his credit, Morde promised he would return to study the ruins. However, when Morde went to London to get financial backing for his expedition, he was run over and killed by an automobile walking toward the well known institution that would sponsor his expedition, Morde. It was speculated that rival explorers were involved; some claim it was a curse that protected the lost city. However, without Morde’s Indian guides finding the exact location of the ruins in one of the most impenetrable places on earth, the British institution’s expeditions that followed failed to reach their objective. An engineer D.H. Williams, who had worked on the construction of the Lake Yojoa highway around the 1940s, claimed to have visited the ruins twice. The first time he was looking for petroleum when his plane had engine problems and he made an emergency landing near the ruins. Later, he claimed to have went back and filmed the ruins that were exactly as Morde described them. Though Williams showed this film only to people he could trust because he said he was afraid that looters would destroy the important ruins. For now the city remains lost perhaps In the near future the “Ciudad Blanca” may be discovered. The city of Troy was discovered by Schliemann in 1870, and the legendary Inca lost city of Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. For now the “The ancient place where the aurora originates” belongs to the Monkee God alone.