King Pakals Tomblid, NOT A space or rocket ship..

For 50 years people have believed Erich von Däniken “spaceship” explanation. It’s NOT a chariot of the gods, space or rocket ship and also not an “ancient alien”.

Image: The true orientation of Pakals Tomblid: Ancient Palenque, Incredible Mayan King Pakals Sarcophagus. In the jaws of the “earth monster” with the bird on top of the tree. Source:

QUOTE: “The large carved stone sarcophagus lid in the Temple of Inscriptions is a unique piece of Classic Maya art. Iconographically, however, it is closely related to the large wall panels of the temples of the Cross and the Foliated Cross centered on world trees. Around the edges of the lid is a band with cosmological signs, including those for sun, moon, and star, as well as the heads of six named noblemen of varying rank.[18] The central image is that of a cruciform world tree. Beneath Pakal is one of the heads of a celestial two-headed serpent viewed frontally. Both the king and the serpent head on which he seems to rest are framed by the open jaws of a funerary serpent, a common iconographic device for signalling entrance into, or residence in, the realm(s) of the dead. The king himself wears the attributes of the Tonsured maize god – in particular a turtle ornament on the breast – and is shown in a peculiar posture that may denote rebirth.[19] ” Source:

Quote: “K’inich Janaab’ Pakal was born on March 23, 603 AD, the son of Lord K’an Mo’Hix and Lady Sak K’uk’, the then reigning Queen of Palenque. Pakal, whose name means Shield in the Mayan tongue, was crowned king by his mother on July 29th, 615 AD, shortly after his 12th birthday.”

This short writeup tries to identify the symbolism used in the tomblid and compare it to an identical image, albeit slightly different listed in the Codex Borgia and proof the ancient astronaut theory is false information, putting the tree of life on its side, falsely identifying the jaws of the earth monster for rocket fumes.

Breaking up the image in identifyable parts is crucial to debunk this false representation. For example this one element is very clear when one sees the earth monster gate of Copan, which is exactly identical to the tomblid image but the tomblid is not 1 symbol but many that all have their own meaning of which I try to present them as much as possible and combine research that is done on this very subject but shunned by academics because of its close ties to von Däniken and the ancient astronaut pseudo- archeology.

The tomb lid, falsely identified by Erich von Däniken and others in the last 40 years  as a rocket ship as part of his “ancient astronaut theory”, which has fed later other science fiction movies like aliens and the TV show “Ancient aliens”,  is actually a representation of “the Mayan cosmology world tree”. He sold millions of copies presenting his false information as truth and a whole industry emerged around this false information that does not do humanity and its history any good.

When one sees the image of the codex Borgia, one can clearly start to see the similarities and the individual details. Also, because its slightly different with added symbolism it is possible to clearly decode the tomb lid. This article is a combination of my own research and the drips and draps of information availlable on the net.

Let us start by identifying the image and the individual characteristics of both images and dissect them.

  • The general shape is in that of a cross, or letter T
  • You see two serpents in it on pakals tomblid (These are “makara’s” like the aztec sun disk but thats for another paper) on the cross section of the cross, each pointing another direction, away from each other.
  • A man lying horizontally at the bottom, with two “squirts” coming from his body
  • A monster / mouth under him
  • A round “face image” on each side of the bird on pakals tomblid
  • A figure on each side of the Codex Borgia Image, not present on Pakals tomblid in this shape. (but in round faces on top)
  • Ceremonial knives on the Codex Borgia image as found in the mexico museum of Anthropology. This is very important detail as this is missing on the Pakals tomblid image. (Images of the obsidian ceremonial knives attached, Photo by: JJ ainsworth.)

On the Codex Borgia on clearly sees the streams being red. It’s a person being sacrificed. Why? If one knows one can clearly see the ceremonial knives.

Codex Borgia – Tree of life – A slightly different and also later depiction, The Codex Borgia is generally considered to have originated in the central highlands of Mexico around 1400, about six hundred years after the demise of the great Maya city of Palenque. We see the scales of the earth monster and a sacrificial victim instead of the tonsured maize god. However general iconography with the bird on top of the tree and poses are the same. Source image:
Museum of Antrhpoplogy Mexico City

Due to having the knowledge of the ceremonial obisdian knives, one could clearly identify the figure on Pakals tomb as a sacrificial victim with streams of blood squirting from his body. No “rocket fumes”. One would also put the image the right way up, a bird sits on top of a tree/pole and never vertical on a tree/pole.

The image is not the only occurrence besides the Codex Borgia. It also occurs on”The Temple of the cross” in Palenque. That gives us even more information due to it again being slightly different but obviously the same in the same breath.


The jaws of the earth monster at the bottom

To add a bit more information to what Next said here above, what you see on Pakals tomblid is in my opinion the earthmonster or Tlaltecuhtli / Cipactli)  

Quote Wikipedia: In the Mexica creation story, Tlatlecuhtli is described as a sea monster (sometimes called Cipactli) who dwelled in the ocean after the fourth Great Flood. She was an embodiment of the chaos that raged before creation was under the impression it was “The earth monster”, one of here pictured at Copan. Turn it around and its the image on pakals tomblid. One of the forms of the earth monster was an alligator. ( In Aztec cosmology, the crocodile symbolized the earth floating in the primeval waters.   Creation narrative According to the Bodley Codex,[6] there were four earth gods — Tlaltecuhti, Coatlicue, Cihuacoatl and Tlazolteotl.   In the Mexica creation story, Tlatlecuhtli is described as a sea monster (sometimes called Cipactli) who dwelled in the ocean after the fourth Great Flood. She was an embodiment of the chaos that raged before creation. One day, the gods Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca descended from the heavens in the form of serpents and found the monstrous Tlaltecuhtli sitting on top of the ocean with giant fangs, crocodile skin, and gnashing teeth calling for flesh to feast on. The two gods decided that the fifth cosmos could not prosper with such a horrible creature roaming the world, and so they set out to destroy her. To attract her, Tezcatlipoca used his foot as bait, and Tlatlecuhtli ate it. In the fight that followed, Tezcatlipoca lost his foot and Tlaltecuhtli lost her lower jaw, taking away her ability to sink below the surface of the water (THIS DIRECTLY RELATES TO A SUNKEN CONTINENT). After a long struggle, Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl managed to rip her body in two — from the upper half came the sky, and from the lower came the earth. She remained alive, however, and demanded human blood as repayment for her sacrifice.   The other gods were angered to hear of Tlatlecuhtli’s treatment and decreed that the various parts of her dismembered body would become the features of the new world. Her skin became grasses and small flowers, her hair the trees and herbs, her eyes the springs and wells, her nose the hills and valleys, her shoulders the mountains, and her mouth the caves and rivers. —> Mother earth Tlaltecuhtli was indeed asociated with creatures of the underworld. Centipedes, scorpions, spiders, serpents, and other nocturnal and poisonous creatures which were constant companions of the gods of death generally are shown in the god’s hair. Tlaltecuhtli is typically depicted as a squatting toad-like creature with massive claws, a gaping mouth, and crocodile skin, which represented the surface of the earth. Source:

Tlaltecuhtli needed continuous sacrifice and that is what you see, also on the codex borgia image, where its not the jaws of Tlaltecuhtli but squirts of blood oozing out after use of the specific obsidian cerimonial knives discussed above. It is very clear if you look at the stone mouth of Copan in the gallery below that this is exactly Tlaltecuhtli , the earth monster in an upside down relief on Pakals tomblid. In a later variant of Pakals tomblid, on codex Borgia, we see again the alligator skin at the bottom, proof that it is indeed Tlaltecuhtli   Tlaltecuhtli played a major role in the meso american world, seen also on the huge Tlaltecuhtli monolith that was dug up in Mexico city in 2006.   In the last image we see the maize growing on its back (as indeed he was the earth) I personally equate him to the Egyptian Sobek, but thats another story.

Note: some of the images used below are also from Next Anyextee’s original Centipede FB post. I have added mine to illustrate further.. Source

There is much more to factual “decoding Pakals tomblid” proving its not a rocketship and this is only a tiny fragment of my original paper I wrote in 2018.  I have not yet published due to me finding a post of another author on the same subject who wrote on this in 2017. In fact there is plenty of real research on this subject what it truly means instead of von Danikens spaceship explanation. Work is needed to be done to credit the right sources for their input of certain information on this subject and also identify my unique own contributions and explanations as such (like the ceremonial knives in codex borgia) and therefor the full paper was not yet published but will come if I find the time. A few examples of such writers quoted here below:

1. A source disecting the image elements: Mythology behind tomb lid of Pakal Votan (source: The links link to the original further original further explanations. Needless to say I do not agree with any “Alien explanation” but there are some good other reference images on this blog and credit needs to be given to these “cut out images” regardles of the sites title.

i) Basic View

ii) The Celestial Bird (EDIT Stijn van den Hoven:

Aged tonsured maize god
Iconographically, god D can be considered an aged form of the tonsured maize god. Both deities are often shown together.

Principal Bird Deity

Principal Bird Deity and worshipper, Classic period, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

From the Late Postclassic Paris Codex back in time to the Pre-Classic San Bartolo murals, god D (Itzamna) has the so-called Principal Bird Deity – perhaps the Yaxcocahmut mentioned above – for a transformative shape (see figure). The bird often holds a bicephalous snake in its beak. Its head sometimes resembles that of a rain deity; at other times, it is more like that of a bird of prey, perhaps the laughing falcon believed to be a harbinger of rain.[6] The wings are repeatedly inscribed with the signs for ‘daylight’ and ‘night’, suggesting that the bird’s flight could represent the unfolding of time. The San Bartolo murals have a Principal Bird Deity seated on top of each of four world trees, recalling the four world trees (together with a fifth, central tree) which, according to some of the early-colonial Chilam Balam books, were re-erected after the collapse of the sky. These world trees were associated with specific birds. Four world trees also appear in the Mexican Borgia Codex. The shooting of the Principal Bird deity is one of the main episodes of the Classic Period Hero Twins myth;  Chimalmat the wife of 7 macaw is the little dipper while 7 macaw is the big dipper constellation. Hence you see two birds on stele 25 at izapa and one of the hero twins with a severed arm ->

A good writeup from Lawrence W Bardawill from Yale university: The Principal Bird Deity* in Maya Art -. An Iconographic Study of Form and Meaning. LAWRENCE WBARDAWIL. YALE UNIVERSITY.

San Bartelo bird deity
The bird on top

iii) The World Tree

The tree of life or maise plant
iv) The Serpent Bar
Two makara serpents or the serpent bar representing the ecliptic.

v) King Pakal falling backwards (The tonsured maize god symbolism) The king himself wears the attributes of the Tonsured maize god – in particular a turtle ornament on the breast – and is shown in a peculiar posture that may denote rebirth.[19] 

vii) EDIT Stijn van den Hoven: I personally think this is Chaac / Tlaloc)
The rain god Chaac
Chaac the rain god

 vi) The Maw of Xibalba (EDIT stijn van den Hoven as discussed above Tlatlecuhtli is described as a sea monster (sometimes called Cipactli) the “earth monster”.
The jaws of the earth monster Tlatlecuhtli
The San Francisco museum stone shows an identical imagery to the bottom part of Pakals tomblid. It shows 3 iconographic items. It shows the jaws of the earth monster Tlatlecuhtli , Chaac the raingod and the tonsured maize god in an identical composition.
The earth monster upside down

2. The blog of Kathleen Rollins has some information on Pakals tomblid:

3. Another resource with some other facts can be found here:

Work needed to be done to credit all these sources for their individual input of certain information on this subject and identify my unique own contributions and explanations as such and therefor the official paper was not yet published.

It is noteworth that a similar depiction can be found in the temple of the foilated cross. Here is a version opf the foilated maize god and not the tonsured maize god. But again we see the bird, serpent bar and chaac monster at the bottom. The jawsof the earth monster is missing here. I hope this write up and gathering of availlable information has brought you some insight in to what Pakals tomblid realy represents and if you have any aditions I missed still please feel free to contact me on my facebook page: Thanks for reading!

Temple of the foilated cross, the maize god in foilated form.

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