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The Cydonia Institute                                                            Vol. 1 No. 6 
The Feline side of the 1998 Face on Mars
by George J. Haas
June 1998
    Since Richard Hoagland first did the split of the Face on Mars, the feline side has always been considered to be a male African lion. With the new MGS image of the Face (SP1-22003) the feline characteristics are even more apparent (Figure 1).

Figure 1
Feline side of The Face

    The features of the feline "Face" when mirrored are composed of a square shaped head with a crown, a mane, squinting eyes, an ornamented nose, an almost circular muzzle, and a mouth with fangs (Figure 2). The Felines forehead is large and features a squared off geometric crown that extends across the top of the head. The crown also has a lot of faint decorative qualities in and around its crest that are difficult to substantiate at this point. The half portion of this "Crown" feature was also spotted by Dr. Tom Van Flandern and referred to as the "crest" in his in-depth analysis of the Face.

Figure 2
Analytical Drawing of the Feline side of the Face
Note the bearded Jaguar appearance.

    The mane feature is located in the wave-like ridges that are found around the lower portion of the neck forming a beard-like effect. From the times of the Olmec, and the cultures that followed, many of their kings and gods had small growths around the neck area that are classified as remnants of beards by archaeologists. Notice the small beard on this Maya image of the Bearded Jaguar God (Figure 3).
    Since facial hair is not an attribute of the indigenous Mesoamericans where did this idea originate? Some researchers attribute these beards to be of a Semitic influence and surmise an ancient link between the Old and New Worlds. They believe the beards on the glyphs and various faces of gods, were meant to mimic the beards of these unknown Semitic people.

Figure 3
Bearded Jaguar God
Note: the beard under the chin
Drawing by Linda Schele 

    In the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City there is a large Aztec reliquary that is carved in the shape of a full jaguar (Figure 4). This amazing sculpture, which weighs over six tons, was unearthed at Templo Mayor in Mexico City way back in 1790.1

Figure 4
Aztec Bearded Jaguar Reliquary
Left: Side view
Drawing by George J. Haas
(Image source: Myths of the World; Gods of the Inca, Aztec and Maya by Timothy R. Roberts)
Right: Front view

Drawing by George J. Haas
(Image source: The Mighty Aztecs, by Stuart & Godfrey)

    The most intriguing characteristics of this so-called jaguar sculpture is that it has no spots, which a jaguar does, and it has a mane, which a jaguar does no. Notice that the partial mane on this reliquary is similar in size and shape to the mane feature found on the Feline side of the Face.


1. Timothy R. Roberts, Myths of the World: Gods of the Maya, Aztec and Incas, (New York: Metro Books, 1996), 67.


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