The Martian Maize God
("Is This Corn Hand Shucked?")


George J. Haas


The following study is an analysis of Sharon and Peg's (M08-07345) image, titled "Fish" that was recently posted on the Anomaly Hunter's discussion Board?  The cropped image focuses on a mesa that has what appears to be a complete side view of a fossilized fish (Figure 1). When the contours of the Martian Fish are highlighted, the ghostly fish form resembles a catfish (Figure 1-bottom).

Figure 1

Fossilized Fish
Discovered by Sharon & Peg
Top: Fish Mesa (Mars)
Middle: Fossilized Fish (Earth)
Bottom: Martian Fish Mesa (outlined).
Note the catfish features of the Martian Fish.

    As we have previously seen again and again,  whenever such an emblematic geoglyph is found on Mars, it is highly probable that it is not alone and was proably intentionally placed as a marker. These markers are used to alert aerial travelers that a "city" is near by.
    After the "Fish" image, Sharon then posted another portion of the mesa, which featured an Olmec like head with a serpent-like headdress imbedded within the mesa’s southern slope. Note the upended snake-like head on the right side of the headdress (Figure 2a). The overall geoglyph now appears as an Olmec head with an attached fish effigy much like those displayed in Olmec art (Figure 2b).


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Figure 2
Olmec Head with Fish

a. Martian geoglyph.
Note fossilized fish on the right and the Olmec head on the left.

b.Olmec hacha (Veracruz).
Drawing by George J. Haas
Note the Olmec head with fish headdress.

    When the Olmec face is mirrored, the right half creates a face of a lord with an elaborate crown or helmet that resembles the ones sometimes worn by Bishops. Note the stern Negroid features of the face and the snarling jaguar aspect of the lip, which is a common cultural signifier for the Olmec (Figure 3a).


Figure 3
Olmec Bishop Comparison

a. Mars image (right side mirrored)
Note the crown and snarling lip

b. Olmec axe
Note the snarling lip and the corn sprout emblem headdress.

    When the left side is mirrored, an ear of corn appears with a human face within its stalk (Figure 4).
There is even evidence of precisely ordered kernels within the corn.


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Figure 4

Maize God Comparison

a. Mars image (left side mirored).
Note the face and rows of corn kernels in the ear of corn

b. Maya Maize God (First Father).
Drawing by Linda Schele
Note the head as an ear of corn.

    This paring of the human aspect of the Maize god as First Father, with a corn effigy, seen here as First Father in his corn aspect as the Maize god, is a fundamental relationship that stems from the formative cultures of Mesoamerica. In the Olmec culture it was the Maize god (First Father) who was the creation god and the Maya also adopted this same maize god as part of there pantheon of gods. As proof of this appropriation, I submit an ancient Maya mural that was just recently discovered in 2002 in the jungles of San Bartolo in Guatemala.
    Although the mural featured the Maize god in a typical stance, where he is surrounded by his attendants, there is one major difference revealed in this remarkable mural. In this scene the Maize god is presented with a most distinct Olmec facial feature, a snarling jaguar lip (Figure 5).


Figure 5

Maya Maize God

San Bartolo Mural (Guatemala) - detail.
Drawing by Heather Hurst.
Note the Maya Maize God (standing) with Olmec facial features.

So, is it not then reasonable to speculate that if the Maya adopted the myths and iconography of, it's Mother Culture, the Olmec, then could it be possible that the Olmec may have adopted this corn deity from a lost culture that was somehow connected with the planet Mars?