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Pre-Columbian Gold Airplanes Clifford C. Richey March 2014
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Illustration 2:Horizontal View
Illustration 3: Verti al View
In most photographs of the “gold airplanes” they are shown in a horizontal position. It is in this position that the compositions most resemble airplanes. As we know from previous papers on depicted sign language most compositions were based on a Body template. When the composition is positioned vertically we can see that it was indeed based on a Body. It has ead! a "ace with #yes! and a $ose plus a very %arge &outh. It also has Arms and %egs.
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Illustration !: Verti al View" #olor #o$e$ 'otal "orm(
%ooking down from above we can see that the overall "orm of the composition is one of a &arine )kate. "rom such a frontal view of the ob*ect the “tail of the airplane” cannot be seen as it appears to be *ust a thin line. &uch "orm and Imagery was associative in nature. It was based on the spirit or behavioral essence of the sub*ect. 'his particular association was probably something akin to! The one that flies under the water. We will start our translation of the signs beginning at the ead although! because the composition is non+linear! we could *ust as well have begun at the bottom of the composition. Before moving on it should be stated that the golden color of the composition indicated that it was! of the Sun.
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He of the Sun, The one that flies under the water, 'he ,light blue- ead of the )kate has a )tance of heading upwards and is in the "orm of the sign for! a male-spirit. 'his sign was based on the glans penis for male , the "orm of the human female genital area was the sign for a female-. Within the male+spirit "orm is a "ace that indicates! his appearance. 'he "orehead of the "ace is in the "orm of a 'umi .nife which represented! a Ray of the Sun. 'he analog related to the rays of the sun acting like knives upon the face of the earth. 'he rays cut open ,making cracks in the surface- as the )un dried up the moisture within the soil. Also! it is common knowledge that the Inca called their warriors! rays o+ t)e 'un. 0eadin+ up!ards/ 1he male-spiri / 0is appearance/ A ray of he *un. 'he 'wo )pirals ,taken- and their e/tended! downward! %ines allude to the Eye of the warrior-spirit. 'he #ye refers to Venus which was regarded as the eye of the Sun. 'his was due to the fact that 0enus arises in the east before the )un and was considered its scout. 'here is a small bead or 1ircle ,the one, his location- of gold ne/t to the e/tended %ine of the spiral on the 2ight. In gesture signing the right hand side indicated! the west. Additionally! there are two more gold beads or 1ircles on the left and 2ight sides of the "ace! the one his location! in the east and the west.
Taken downwards, In the west, The Eye of the Sun, Venus, The one, His location, His two locations, In the east and the west. 'he above %ines terminate on a shelf ,the surface- that indicates the upper ,pink- %ip the edge! of the %arge &outh a great, relative size, source of water!. "elow, positional! the &outh are 'hree the many! 1urved or “3” shaped lines that mean! turning. #t the edge, The surface, The great water-source, The many. Turning, "elow.
Illustration 0: Verti al View" #olor #o$e$ 'he "orm of the 'runk of the Body is that of a ummingbird whose )tance is! heading downwards. 'his may be related to the small gold Bead on the "ace! that indicated! t)e one )is lo ation" ta(en $own on t)e /e+t" t)e east. 0enus was! metaphorically! often to as umming Bird on the %eft and ummingbird on the 2ight. Apparently this metaphor stems from the mating behavior of the male hummingbird who makes a large “3” shaped dive at very high speed to impress the female who
observes from a limb of a nearby tree. 0enus makes a similar “3” movement in its cycles of appearance as it arises in the east and west Heading downwards Humming$ird on the %eft Venus, In the east, What were the "ins or Wings of the )kate now become the ,red- 'riangular "orm for the female-earth the ,green- ook and %ines allude to the Arms ,warriors- and ands ,stewards of the Sun or sun+ priests- of the 2ay of the )un! 'he “)hepherd4s 1rook” is the sign for taken! as in the )pirals described earlier! and the e/tended %ines are positioned as upwards. &n the sides of the female-earth. 'he 'runk or "orm of the Body is entirely made up of ,dark blue- %arge %egs and "eet ,a great, long, 'ourney-. 'his *ourney is positioned as in the middle of the female+earth signs or the center. The warrior of the Sun, The Steward of the Sun, Taken upwards, on The sides of the female-earth, The great, long, (ourney in The center. 5ositionally $elow are "our 1ircles or 'ubes ,in the "orm of a )6uare that represents a house- that indicates! ,of! the four directions or in all directions! e)erywhere. 'he )traight %ine! positionally! $elow the bottom %ine of the )6uare ,)ouse1 forms a “'” shaped signs that also indicates! below. "elow, The House, of The *our +irections, E)erywhere. "elow.
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Illustration 2:#ompositional '(ate Form +rom 'i$e &ost ancient compositions drew upon nature for their inspirational and associative value. )ome! detailed! realism had to be sacrificed due to the need to arrange the gesture signs in a manner that maintained the integrity of their meaning. $ow that we have seen how this ancient depicted sign language worked we can readily realize how any apparent shape of an airplane was simply a coincidence. 'he person creating the composition could have no no knowledge of airplanes. is frame of reference was simply to create an associational phrase based on the behavioral essence of the )kate.