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The enigmatic Tomb of Mayan King Pakal has attracted the interest of Ancient Astronaut Theorists like Zechariah and Erich von Daniken who suggest that the carved sarcophagus lid found in his tomb at Palenque depicts Pakal as an Ancient Astronaut.

King Pakal As An Alien Ancient Astronaut

King Pakal’s sarcophagus lid shows a man tilting backwards surrounded by glyphs and symbols that run along the edges of the lid representing important components of Mayan cosmology.

The mainstream consensus among Mayan experts is that the image on the Sarcophagus does not depict King Pakal as an Ancient Astronaut but instead, the image tells the story of King Pakal’s death and descent into the underworld.

However, an alternative explanation of the engraving of the lid of King Pakal’s sarcophagus was advanced by Ancient Astronaut Theorist Erich von Daniken in his book Chariots of the Gods where he claimed the lid depicted King Pakal riding on a rocketship.

On the basis of Erich von Daniken’s observations in Chariots Of The Gods, Ancient Astronaut Theorists state that King Pakal may have been part of the race of Alien Ancient Astonauts that built Civilization on Earth. 

The leading criticism of Von Daniken’s explanation of King Pakal’s Sarcophagus as depicting an Ancient Astonaut criticises his suggestion that rocket power would be the method used by technologically superior Aliens to travel the Solar system. 

The idea that Extraterrestrials would use rocket power to arrive on Earth seems anachronistic because this type of technology would be primitive to Aliens.

However, the use of rocket terminology does not in itself disprove Daniken’s argument that King Pakal was an Ancient Astronaut because the carvings on the lid could also be an advanced Reactor eg  using antimatter or some other advanced form of Alien propulsion.

King Pakal: The Sumerian-Egyptian Connection

A deeper Ancient Astronaut Theory analysis of the lid of King Pakal’s Tomb based on the works of Zechariah Sitchin’s Earth Chronicles ultimately leads to the Anunnaki Gods of Ancient Egypt and Sumer who may have built an Alien Civilization on Earth.

Zecharia Sitchin’s Ancient Astronaut Theory analysis of King Pakal’s Tomb expanded beyond the self-contained mythology of one particular geographical area  in determining the meaning of King Pakal’s sarcophagus lid.

In his book, The Lost Realms, Sitchin demonstrates that similarities exist between the Burial rites of Pharaohs in Ancient Egyptian Tombs and those observed in King Pakal’s Tomb. 

For instance, in Ancient Egypt, a class of priests called Shem Priests wore leopard skins. Maya depictions of similarly clad priests wearing Jaguar skins rather than that of an African Leopard have been found suggesting a similarity in Burial rites. 

Scholars have also admitted that one cannot avoid an implicit comparison between Pakal’s Tomb and the crypts of the Egyptian Pharaohs, especially the funerary scene symbols depicting the journey to an afterlife.

In addition, the Legend of Votan relates the arrival of the first man whom God sent to the region who divided the realm into four domains, establishing a City to serve as the Capital of each domain of which Palenque was mentioned as one.

Palenque is therefore recognised as one of the oldest Cities in the region according to Ancient Mayan Tradition.

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These connections that come out of applying the Ancient Astronaut Hypothesis to King Pakal’s Tomb and the History of the Mayan Civilization in general suggest that King Pakal may have belonged to the group of Alien Gods also known as the Anunnaki that brought Civilization to Earth.

If this conclusion is correct, it means that Erich von Daniken’s observations about King Pakal’s Tomb as depicting an Alien God riding some kind of Spacecraft in Chariots Of The Gods may be worthy of consideration and further investigation.

By the time of Pakal’s death, the vast majority of Anunnaki had aready left earth, but there is the possibility that Pakal was an Anunnaki that had stayed behind, with his sarcophagus depicting his return to the Anunnaki Home Planet Nibiru

It is the connections that the Ancient Astronaut Hypothesis can make between the Mayan Civilization and the other Anunnaki realms in Egypt and Mesopotamia that may help shed more light on the true meaning of king Pakal’s Tomb at Palenque and whether it depicts King Pakal as an Ancient Astronaut on a rocketship.

King Pakal The Paleneque Ancient Astronaut