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The Cydonia Institute                                                                                                            Vol. 7  No. 1  ◘
Eccentric Faces  
by George J. Haas
November 2004
   On September 27, 2004 NASA released a narrow angle image of Cydonia (MOC R1402211) with four totemic profiles of Maya-like faces running along the ridgeline of the exposed sloping terrain (Figure 1).

Figure 1
Totemic Faces
(MOC R-14 02211)

When the four left facing profiled faces are highlighted (in green) their features and ornamentations become quite discernable (Figure 2). Starting from the upper right side a serpent headed crest crowns a small Olmecide head that acts as a headdress to the Jester-like head below it. Note the small serpent-like ornament hanging down in front of the Jester’s face. Notice the Jester’s squinting eye, mouth line and pointed nose.

Figure 2
Totemic Faces (colorized)
(MOC R-14 02211)

The overall characteristics of the crowned jester head with all its hanging regalia remind us of the Maya depiction of their Jester God. The Maya Jester God is identified as personified head with a tri-lobed symbol on his headband that dangles down like the floppy cap ‘n bells worn by medieval jesters.1 A great Maya example of can be found on the Oval Palace Tablet from House E at Palengue, where a figure is shown wearing a headdress decorated with a jester god (Figure 2a).

Figure 3
Crowned Jester Comparison

a. Maya Jester God (Palenque)
Drawing by George J. Haas
(Image source: After Linda Schele)

b. Martian Crowned Jester Head (Detail of Figure 2)
Note headband and crescent shaped headdress extends past the available data.

   Following the serpentine shape of the totem, the third face is located at the center of the exposed ridge. Because this face appears to be lightly incised, which may be the result of erosion, its features are difficult to ascertain. With that said, the face resembles the profile of the iconic Indian Chief wearing a war bonnet that is etched on the famous Quarter Eagle gold piece (Figure 4a). Notice the stern face and feathered headdress that follows the incline of the ridge.
   Like the American Indians, the Aztec and Maya also incorporated feathers in their headdress. Figure 4b illustrates a fine example of a jade pendant of a Maya lord with a feathered headdress.

Figure 4
Feathered Indian Chief

a. 1912 Quarter Eagle (American gold coin)
b. Maya Jade Pendant
(Image source: Justin Kerr photograph K9125)

   Below the Feathered Indian Chief is the fourth and largest of the profiled head that is highlighted in figure 2 (Figure 5a). Notice the sloping forehead, deep-set eye, prominent nose, protruding tongue, and the dark thick lips that provide a snarling aspect to the mouth. The down-turned mouth has a strong resemblance to those seen on Olmec were jaguar masks (Figure 5b). Notice the sloping forehead and snarling mouth.

Figure 5
Profiled Head with down turned mouth

a. Martian Profiled Head (Detail of Figure 1)

b. Olmec were jaguar mask
(Image source: Latin American

   The overall totemic design of this composite of profiled faces carved along this Martian ridgeline is reminiscent of the many eccentric flints discovered throughout Mexico (Figure 6).

Figure 6
Maya Eccentric Flint
Staff with three profiled heads of Kawil the Jester God
 (Image source: Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.)

   Many of these flints were extremely complex and of delicate design, featuring jagged profiles that were chipped along the edge of precious stones such as jade and obsidian. When the profiled head of the Maya Jester god, at the top of the eccentric flint in figure 5 is compared to the crowned Jester head found at the top of the Martian formation, a common iconography is profoundly obvious (Figure 7). Notice the profiled heads with arching crest and protruding ornaments attached to both headdresses.

Figure 7
Eccentric Flint Comparison

a. Maya Jester god (Detail of figure 6)

b. Martian Jester Head (Detail of figure 2)
Note the headdress extends past the available data.

   A similar set of profiled faces was discovered near the Barnard Crater, in the Hellas region, by JP Levasseur in MOC strip M0200180. His analysis can be found here:Right Facing Profiles.


1. Linda Schele and David Freidel, A Forest of Kings The Untold Story of The Ancient Maya, (Quill: New York, 1990), 411.

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