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[Tidbits] BOO!


An incredibly versatile word containing more power than most would
suspect. Double the word and you’re a famous actress: Honey Boo Boo.
You scratched your a tear: Boo-hoo. Do you remember the song that
ended usage intended to inflict fear into the very soul of the person
who hears it when a ghostly apparition suddenly appears and says:
yup. you got it. BOO!

It is in this last context–as it relates to Tidbits–that I have
decided to introduce some gemstones such as a mosaic of turquoise and
cut up slabs of obsidian and even a carved hunk of rock crystal.

In the Preclassic Period of the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations
the human skull played a major role in the funerary treasures which
helped transfer the recently departed from this world to the next.
Imagine you’re dead. You look at your schedule. Next bus to Hades
leaves in fifteen minutes. You want to catch it. That’s where all the
fun is. You look around. Do you have everything? Do you have your
skulls? You touch the top of your neck. Your skull’s not there. You
rummage about. You know it was buried with you. It’s a magnificent
looking piece. It was made from your remains in honor of
Tezcatlipoca. also known as the Smoking Mirror. who… together with
Quetzalcoatl. created the world.

Ah. You’ve found it. Your own skull. The one you had in life. Coated
with those magnificent slabs of obsidian and that multi-hued mosaic
of turquoise. You hold it up to the bus driver. What’s the password,
he says. You smile the smile of the ever knowing. BOO, you say. Hop
on he says. Next stop. hell. Anyone else. A frail dead Aztec comes
bumbling along. Where’s your skull, buddy? Couldn’t find it, says the
Aztec. No skull. no entry. No. Wait wait. I have one I made myself.
Out of rock crystal. Very pretty… even if I must say so myself.
Okay okay. Let’s have a look. The Aztec hold up his skull. Password?

These skulls are scaring the daylight out of everyone. Frightening
and beautiful. Good for transfers into the netherworld. One better
looking than the other. One more frightening than the other. A
delight for the eyes. A feast for the senses. You wanna see scary
stuff of days of yore? Be careful of what you ask for. Slip one of
these in front of your hardiest of friends when they lease expect it
… then say BOO!.. and your friends will be no more. Might be a
useful tool if you think about it.

So here it is. I have images of both skulls to show you. Rock crystal
on one side. turquoise and obsidian on the other. Which is the
scariest? Which is the most beautiful? Which is the most BOO-worthy?
You tell me.

Now go. It is time. Go. Look. You know where.
Scroll down. Left side. Tidbits. Click. And enjoy.

And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark

It is in this last context--as it relates to Tidbits--that I have
decided to introduce some gemstones such as a mosaic of turquoise
and cut up slabs of obsidian and even a carved hunk of rock

I’m not sure I fathom the point of this particular story but here is
a tidbit for you Benjamin…

All known crystal skulls are fakes, mostly from the 19th century.
These have been publicly debunked countless times and most can be
traced back to one particular charlatan. Your inlaid skull, on the
other hand, is a known, authentic Mexica artifact and there are many
wonderful and frightening examples that received this special
treatment instead of winding up on a tzompantli. A few authentic
small-scale carved jade examples are known but every crystal skull
has been shown to have modern tool marks and there is no evidence
whatsoever that any MesoAmerican people carved any from crystal.

Charlie O