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"A lingering image from that jungle picnic is of the monster, storm-troop-attired bodyguard holding a long tree branch.."
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Revolution and the jungle
by Kirk Stephan, Iowa, USA
Apr 18, 2000

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"He's just an internet!" replied the general. "He doesn't even exist, just flotsam and pieces of cyber-propaganda from the media..!" There's certainly more to this story than meets the eye and I'll return to if if ever I find out some details. The only other tidbits of this melodrama are the innumerable t-shirts with Commandante Marcos' photo, with ski mask, on the front being sold on the main street; also ski masks are available in this 100 degree heat...

A lingering image from that jungle picnic is of the monster, storm-troop-attired bodyguard holding a long tree branch, trying to retrieve the large purple ball that the don's grandson had kicked into the stream, all to music of 50's Elvis Presley...

The mystic aspect is nearly as elusive as is the understanding of the "revolution". In recent years of this "new age", increasing numbers of folk worldwide believe there are certain places focusing special energies into the cosmos. "Power points" are said to exist at the Giza pyramids, Stonehenge, Chaco Canyon, Tikal, and at Palenque. For some, the special feeling here is palpable, a resonance, a hum, a state of being more peaceful than other places. I admit that as insensitive to subtle vibrations as I am I still find the mood and tranquility here to be captivating. I was going to spend a day here but now it's been a month..

The famous ruins of King Pacal sit a few miles away into the forest. He was the guy in the discovered hieroglyph-sculpture who appears to be reclining in a high-tech pilots seat operating what seem to be very complicated space-craft controls. Stories abound here of his other accomplishments among which is one where he journeys to upstate New York. Of course it was more than 1000 years ago, and he's there only to bury a special power- object in a designated place. As picture-writing history revealed, this crystal sphere and tablets were destined to be found much later by Joseph Smith, founder of the church of Jesus Christ of the latter day Saints! And, as the Mormons of today regard Palenque as one of the holiest of sites, this all makes me think: "very strange..".

I didn't visit the ruins in the month I was there since in past years I'd spent a lot of time there and couldn't bear to see them covered with camera-clicking tourists.

My VW is finally almost fixed. I am planning out my next journey into the heart of Chiapas. San Cristobal will be next, but just overnight, I think, then up the mountain range to the heights. That is if the Mexican army lets me..

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