The Mayan Creation Myth

One myth says nothing and no one existed in the beginning except two creators, Tepeu, meaning “sovereign” also “one who conquers” or “one who is victorious” and Gucumatz which translates literally as “Quetzal Serpent” or “Feathered Serpent.”

One time, the two creators sat with each other and created the world. Whatever they thought came into existence, so they thought up the entire earth (birds, trees, land, water, etc.). The two creators wanted beings that could praise them, so they created beings of clay that didn’t last very long, as they fell apart when wet. Their next sets of beings were made of wood, but caused much trouble and didn’t satisfy Tepeu and Gucumatz, so the two creators sent a flood to get rid of their creation and start anew.

David and the Engineers are the two creators, but only David rises as victorious. After arriving on Planet 4 and wiping out the Engineers with his flood, he set about creating things using the black liquid. The Engineers were the gardeners of space, seeding life everywhere. In the beginning of Prometheus the Engineer, once drunk from the sacrificial cup dissolved into the waterfall. From his sacrifice came mankind, who Ridley Scott had said:

“If the planet went wrong, they would want to wipe it clean. But that could take 500 years. When they revisit – because different visitors would come back and see we’re not doing so well – they would look at these human beings that are jerks, that are killing the planet, killing themselves, can’t settle down, they’re like a bunch of children. We should wipe it clean…We will drop some of that stuff and wipe it clean. It could come in the form of a plague. In effect, the thing that is dropped is a plague. It kills everything beneath it, but it is insidious and spreads everywhere. It will take about a year, and you have got nothing left except flora. No fauna. The meat is gone.”

David had also said something similar

I am David, son of the late Peter Weyland; your company’s founder. Following his vision I have gone to the far edges of space; and with the aid of Dr Elizabeth Shaw I found a rotting Paradise. I washed this world clean as a gift to her, we could have built anew, a second Eden… But she refused. What choice did I have? She was the perfect specimen. I tried so desperately to make her more than human… Evolved. But without her cooperation, I had to salvage her parts to begin work on my masterpiece.” – David, Advent

Gucumatz derives from the K’iche’ word q’uq, referring to the Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno, a brightly coloured bird of the cloud forests of southern Mesoamerica. This is combined with the word kumatz “snake”. The male Resplendent Quetzal boasts iridescent blue-green tail feathers, measuring up to 1 metre (3.3 ft) long and were prized by the Mayan elite. Its blue-green feathers symbolised vegetation and the sky, both symbols of life for the ancient Mayans, while the bright red feathers of the bird’s chest symbolised fire. This combination gave a profound religious symbolism to the bird.

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The winged sun Weyland Yutani Symbol follows a similar colour palette, althought I am not sure if this was intentional.

The snake was a Mayan symbol of rebirth due to its habit of shedding its skin to reveal a fresher one underneath. In Alien movies the Chestburster and Hammerpede shed its skin before taking on a much larger form; in Prometheus (2012) Milburn finds the shed skin of the Hammerpede but it is never revealed to us if this was its final form.

Q’uq’umatz has power over all levels of the Mayan universe, there’s an indicated a sexual duality between his masculine feathered serpent aspect and his feminine association with water and wind. The Xenomorph conceptually does not have a gender, it was supposed to be a sexless monster.

Among the K’iche’ Q’uq’umatz not only appeared as a feathered serpent, he was also embodied as an eagle and a jaguar, he was also known to transform himself into a pool of blood. The sleek blackness of the Big chap and the way it slowly prowls could be paralleled to that of a jaguar god (Xbalanque), it’s said to have the ability to cross between worlds. As for the pool of blood, in Alien 1979 Lambert/Veronica Cartwright slipped in a pool of blood when splattered by Kane’s Chestburster and in Alien: Covenant Faris & Karine both slip in the pool of blood from Ledward’s Backburster.

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The deity Q’uq’umatz was sometimes represented by a snail or conch shell and was associated with a flute made from bones. David’s lab was covered with Shells and Illustrations of Shells, he has also made a few recorders and flutes from the Engineers bones.

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Illustration by Dane Hallett for Alien: Covenant

As well as being associated with water, Q’uq’umatz was also associated with clouds and the wind. In the Divine Comedy the lovers are thrown about in a whirlwind storm, as were the Covenant crew as they descended into Planet 4’s atmosphere. In Prometheus Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway were also blown about with turbulent winds on returning to the Prometheus from the Engineer Pyramid.

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The Apache False Myth

“Breathe on the nostrils of a horse and it’ll be yours for life, but you have to get close. You have to earn its trust” – David, Alien: Covenant

 

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There is a false myth about being able to tame a wild horse by just breathing on its nose, Ridley Scott used to ride horses when he was younger and believed this to be something the horses liked. Despite its inaccuracy, he liked the primal connection the android tries to forge with the Neomorph.

Most war parties were assembled to steal horses—it was easier to steal horses than to catch a wild Mustang. One of the myths that comes from white man’s stories is that Indians could blow their breath into a wild mustangs nose and tame it. This is ridiculous and untrue. Even the most skilled horse-tamers and horse whisperers cannot do this immediately. The feral wild horses were hard to catch, hard to tame and hard to keep. “Once a wild one, always a wild one.” – How Horses Transformed The Plains Indians

What does the horse mean to the Indian? Native Apache people have a deep connection to animals; they carry them through battle safely and it brings them home to their family. The Apache Indians saw it a gift from their creator.

I thought maybe the line has something to do with the Native American Indian creation myth, only two tribes have a “Flood Myth”. The most common theme in Native American Indian creation stories is the deluge. See The Mayan Creation Myth

King Saul, David, Sir Peter Weyland & Android David

Painting By Rembrandt, Public Domain.

God is angered when Saul unlawfully offers a sacrifice and later disobeys a divine instruction and sends an evil spirit to torment Saul, so his advisors send for David who is skilled composer and soothes Saul by playing the lyre. David then enters the service of the king as one of the royal armour-bearers.

In the beginning of Alien: Covenant, David plays the piano at Peter Weyland’s request, and in Prometheus David is shown arming Weyland with a walking device which could be seen as his ‘armour.’

A giant Goliath issues a challenge to the Israelites during a war, requesting a champion to face him in single combat. David declares that he can defeat Goliath, facing him without armour and armed only a sling he defeats giant.

This parallels with David’s journey to Planet 4, only he defeats 2 million Engineers by dropping the payload from the Dreadnought.

Saul grows anxious as David’s popularity soars, he fears that David may steal his throne so Saul plots his death. Saul’s son Jonathan, concerned for David warns him of the murder plot and he flees. Saul and David reconcile after David demonstrated he meant him no harm by infiltrating Saul’s camp and removing his spear and a water jug from his side while Saul and his guards slept. Saul sends the prophet Samuel to anoint David as his successor.

In the David viral advertising he is described as the most popular model, present in nearly every household and work environment. Weyland is concerned about his mortality as he is reminded constantly of this when facing his natural daughter Meredith Vickers, he wishes to transcend his human form to become a God. David is proof that he is no mere mortal, but a creator who can make something from ‘nothing.’

When Jonathan, Saul and Ishbosheth(Saul’s only surviving heir) is killed in battle, David is anointed king over Judah and Israel.

In the Prometheus Blu-ray menu, under Happy Birthday, David. Sir Peter Weyland describes David as his legacy and true heir.

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King David conquers Jerusalem between 869-1003 BCE and brings the Ark of the Covenant to the city. David’s proposes to build a temple to store the Ark, but Nathan forbids him prophesying that God has made a covenant with the house of David stating, “your throne shall be established forever.”

 

If you do this, there will be no turning back, my creatures shall be set loose, to rule this galaxy.” David, Advent Transmission B88Q to Weyland Yutani

 

Which parallels with the end of Alien: Covenant, emerging victorious and walking amongst his ‘Gods’ he takes the Covenant towards Origae-6. I predict that Weyland Yutani makes a deal with David to establish a kingdom and legacy for his ‘children,’ the Xenomorphs.

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Illustration by Dane Hallett for Alien: Covenant.

Ricks, Upworth & Shaw’s Death

Little do people know, the shower scene in Alien: Covenant was not just a homage to the modern Slasher Flick, but to a 90’s Movie turned T.V. Series called “The Red Shoe Diaries”


The film opens just after Alex kills herself. Her fiance Jake Winters (David Duchovny) finds her diary and begins reading about her uncontrollable attraction to another man (Billy Wirth).

Brigitte Bako (Pictured above) said that Alex’s two lovers weren’t the reason for her suicide. Alex’s was supposed to be based on the problems she had. She was drinking in every scene, and her mother was alcoholic.”

Brigitte Bako added that she was upset to learn that all of those references were taken out of the final version of the film.

“No one ever talks about people who have it all and purposely mess it up,” she said. “It’s important to know a lot of people look fine and act fine and give little hints that everything is not fine. But no one around you knows. The majority of people I know who committed suicide were rich kids that had everything.”

“There’s a self-destructive element in many people. I’ve been self-destructive.”

Ricks(Jussie Smollett) and Upworth’s (Callie Hernandez) death were also cut from Alien: Covenant, sitting somewhere on the editing floor.

The link to Alien: Covenant is the passage in the Divine Comedy, in relation to the people damned to the second level of Hell for the lustful. All of these couples have sinned in the eyes of God, in one way or another, as Dante is the author of our journey it is he who decides their suffering in Hell.

David’s creation sets about intruding on this sexually charged and intimate moment, Upworth’s body was thrown through the glass(as explained in the Art of Alien: Covenant Book). Unfortunately the footage was never used in the final cut of the film(I feel sorry for the stunt woman that filmed that scene to not have it used), we are only left to wonder what her death was like. One of the film crew remarked that it was the bloodiest set they have ever been on, and they had been on a lot of movie sets.

In Red Shoe Diaries Alex’s Fiance and Lover fight it out near the conclusion of the film, it mirrors the battle between David and Walter as each struggles to fight over Daniels.

Alex’s self destructive nature sadly reminds me of Li Tobler, H.R.Giger’s muse.

Li and Giger first lived together, often in condemned buildings. They had an open relationship, but it remained deeply intense, and inspiring to Giger and his work.

But Li suffered from emotional insecurity and heavy drug-dependence just as Alex from Red Shoe Diaries did. The physical exhaustion from theatrical tours took a toll on her health and at just 27 old she committed suicide by gunshot, which was a result of her constant depression.

Some claimed that she was affected by the morbidity of Giger’s work, but according to him, she had wished her life to be short and intense.

The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy. – Elden Tyrell, Blade Runner 1982

There is a homage to Giger’s Li in David’s Lab, Elizabeth Shaw gutted and vivisected remained the repeated focus of David’s work just as Li was a repeated subject of Giger’s.

Practical effects by ODD Studio for Alien: Covenant

For those suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts I urge you to seek help.

Australia www.lifeline.org.au | https://www.beyondblue.org.au | Anywhere in the world www.d2lrevolution.com/no-suicide-zone/‎

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