A Mayan Discovery: Artist, Frederick Catherwood

The Stephens/Catherwood Expedition

Head of Itzam Na, Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico, 1844 by
Frederick Catherwood (Source: 1st-art-gallery.com)

Chichen Itza by Frederick Catherwood SOURCE: Art Prints On Demand

In 1939 President Van Buren appointed John Lloyd Stephens Ambassador, sent on an expedition of the Mayan ruins. He needed someone to illustrate the experience, and chose Frederick Catherwood, an accomplished artist, to go along.

There is a considerable collection of Catherwood’s artwork on the subject. Just Google Images “frederick catherwood mayan ruins” to discover the first images from the Maya world shared in the Western world in the 1840’s.

in lak’ech, Debra

Frederick Catherwood (27 February 1799 – 27 September 1854) was an English artist, architect and explorer, best remembered for his meticulously detailed drawings of the ruins of the Maya civilization. Over his career he documented sacred ruins all over the world.


On 4 Sun/AHAU I was able to make the reservations for the trip, arriving on October 28 as I had hoped to be there to celebrate Ian Lungold’s Mayan birthday, 12 Sun/AHAU, on October 31st along with the observance of the Day of the Dead. It felt important to the information I would share in my book. I’m grateful to be part of such a flow of Love, more necessary that money, for the realization of my dream. You are already the blessing of just being here. (But you could help me spread the word.) much love, in lak’ech, Debra https://www.gofundme.com/life-dream-a-pilgrimage-of-spirit


How are you? – Bix a beel? (pron. Beesh-uh-bell)

I’m very good. – Ma’alobi (pron. Mah ah-low-bee)

And you? – Kux teech? (pron. Koosh tehch)

Thank you. – Ni’bo’olal. (pron. Nee boo ooh lahl)

Source: YucatanLiving.com

6 thoughts on “A Mayan Discovery: Artist, Frederick Catherwood

  1. Thank you for sharing this! It’s wonderful! Love it with all the flora growing all over it. I was reading that they are discovering so many more ruins now too. So, does this artist have a sense of humor? Does this one drawing have a mustache? Did the Maya wear facial hair?🤓

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  2. FYI….

    Also in the land of the Yucatan we have an extraordinary legend that talks about the time when Lord Itzamna came from Atlantis, before the island sank. The legend says:

    The Queen of Atlantis, in silence, came to Lord Itzamna and spoke about the Prophecy:

    “Itzamna, I have told you that you are the best and wisest priest in my kingdom, and for this reason I have chosen you. My astronomers have read the skies and say that our land will disappear when the next moon comes… I want you to choose a group of families from my kingdom and three of the wisest priests to carry the writings (codex) that tell the story of our people and what will happen in the future.

    You will go to a place that I will show you and there you will found a city… Under the main temple you will guard the writings of the past and those yet to be written, to preserve the history of our land, Atlantis.

    You, and the chosen ones will leave in nine canoes and sail in the direction of the West… Nine days later you will find a new land with rivers and mountains and you will land there… When you find water, that is the place you will found the City… “

    After sailing for two days the sea was peaked with waves so high that two canoes sank; the island they were leaving was covered with a dark sky filled with lightening. Itzamna thought it was the end of his country, just as the High Priestess pronounced…

    Itzamna arrived at the land with no rivers or mountains… and the people with him asked “what is the name of this land?” He responded, “This is the Land of the Mayab the Land of the Chosen Ones.”

    Lord Itzamna began to build the first Sacred Sites in the Land of the Mayab, and one of the most remarkable is Chichen Itza. It remains Atlantis because the people, Itza or Itz-ha, are the people connected with the sacred principle of water: ITZ means dew, and Ha means water.

    So, Chichen Itza is the great Cosmic University founded by Lord Itzamna with the ancient knowledge coming from Atlantis – Tulan Island. Chichen Itza is built between natural wells, cenotes. Stand between two of them that face North and South and you will see and feel the Sacred Energy from the Ancient Atlantis.

    May you be Blessed with insights and inspiration on your Journey…

    Ananda ~ 4Ahau

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    • Ni’bo’olal! That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing the story. I am just beginning to learn about the acoustics and vibration of the architecture. This deepens my understanding. I’m already in the dream of seeing it. Much love, in lak’ech, Debra

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      • Too few know of the Maya Sacred connection with Atlantis… Maybe one day you might learn that the Mayan Calendar was brought to the Yucatan by Itzamna and his team.

        Other Mayan Sacred sites that embody this Atlantean energetic is “AKÉ” and “Uxmal”. If you dream about this or intuitively fell the pull to investigate further, one might consider visiting these sites in silence… 🙏

        In Lak’ ech,

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