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Michael Closs (1979) has suggested that the gods represent different aspects of Venus. To DHK, it seems more likely that different aspects of Venus would be associated with different dates. Because all these gods are associated with the single date, it seems more probable that they represent different "planets" (in the Greek sense). God 2 has the same jaguar ear and markings as God L. This would seem to identify him with the figure called God M, the other black god with jaguar markings, identified previously (Table 12.7) as Jupiter. Gods 5 and 7 on this pot both show the headdress of the long-snouted monster normally worn by the Elder Heroes, and both have an Ahau headdress with what appears to be a number one prefixed. One Ahau (One Flower) is a name of several Mesoamerican gods, including a Sun god, a Venus god, and an underworld god; the Quichean equivalent, Hun Hunahpu, is the name of the father of the Hero Twins. Number 7 has the filed teeth

Figure 12.9. The Vase of the Seven Gods: God L is shown on his throne on the date 4 Ahau 8 Cumku (the Maya era base). Drawn by Sean Goldsmith.

Figure 12.9. The Vase of the Seven Gods: God L is shown on his throne on the date 4 Ahau 8 Cumku (the Maya era base). Drawn by Sean Goldsmith.

characteristic of the Sun god, and number 5 has a monster head, reasonably similar to the dog-headed monster who appears as the Aztec Venus god. We will not here attempt to identify the remaining gods, but merely remark that the iconography suggests to Kelley that the era base was calculated as a mass conjunction. Our simulations running the Visual Universe (Parsec Software, Danville, Virginia) and Voyager, III, Carina Software, San Leandro, CA, computer packages show Venus and Mercury in near-conjunction and rising before the Sun, and Saturn setting just after the Sun as Jupiter and the Moon rise, and Mars is in the West, in the Thompson correlation, JDN 584,285, 7 Sept. 3114 b.c. (Julian calendar).

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