Could this be the “Rosetta Stone”
for Chaco Canyon Religion?

By Richard D. Fisher - January 2007

This Fajada Butte Spiral is proposed to be a basic astronomical alignment in the PBS special “The Mysteries of Chaco Canyon” which demonstrates the advanced knowledge of celestial events involving the sun and moon by the Chacoan Anasazi.

From Tarahumara ethnographic evidence, does this symbol also have a specific religious meaning that can be deduced to be the fundamental “Rosetta Stone” to unraveling the mystery of Chacoan religion? My research indicates that it does.

Can you unravel the mystery and perhaps the extended significance of this symbol from the following clues?
1) What is the gender of the sun and dagger?
2) What is the gender of the moon, spiral, and two parallel brackets?
3) How many months in the human gestation period?
4) How many rings are in this spiral?
5) Is there an entry “dagger” into the beginning of the spiral?

The above questions are easily answered from basic human knowledge and observation. The following are possible extensions of this proposal, which are not readily observable or known but are explained in the PBS program “The Mystery of Chaco Canyon” and might be considered as one major component of the ancient knowledge of the Chaco Canyon Anasazi. Could this proposal be the “Chacoan proof ” that their religious beliefs were observable, factually correct, and therefore they held the keys to the “right religious beliefs?”
1) How long is half a moon cycle? (approximately 9 years)
2) How long is a complete moon cycle? (approximately 18 years)
3) Optimal reproduction age in human beings? (approximately one moon cycle)
4) Onset of puberty in human females in tribal cultures? (approximately 1/2 moon cycle)
5) From the bone record life-span of the average Anasazi? (2 full moon cycles)

From my research, this analysis integrates into other known reigious artifacts such as the Scarlet Macaw. If the spiral indicates female as is suggested for the Fajada Butte Spiral Sun Dagger Petroglyph then it might be possible to decode some of the Chaco Anasazi Petroglyphs in other areas of the canyon. The above photograph has a number of prominent spirals and also humanoid figures with “long” tails. These tails may actually represent phallic male figures. In the above glyph we can see a phallic male in association with a spiral issuing forth to smaller spirals, which may represent the birth of twin daughters. There is an associated spiral issuing from the primary spiral which may indicate a previous daughter. Below maybe a very typical hunting scene. The humanoid figure is most likely a female and perhaps a pregnant female. The bighorn sheep may indicate the Chaco Anasazi awareness that a new supply of dietary iron was critical to a successful pregnancy. These ideas at present are being researched in the context of other Chacoan petroglyphs.

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