September 15, 2015, at 1:10pm, the sun was encircled by a rainbow and rainbow lights were shooting from the both sides of the sun but in the center was the Lady of the Rainbow Sun or MANATAKA. In modern day-times we have called her Mother Mary but her message is just as sweet in any other name or language.
Her message to me and to us is:
“I come because I love you.”
Photo courtesy of Mel Brake.
The Lady of the Rainbow, referred to as Ix Chel by the Maya, was said to have presided over the peace in the valley. Dressed in all white buckskin and holding one eagle feather in each hand, she stood on the mountain overseeing the peace. When quarrels did arise, a vision of the Rainbow Woman could be seen at twilight rising in the vapors of the highest pool as a warning to the offending person. If the guilty one did not listen to this warning, the Lady of the Rainbow came to him and dropped one feather at his feet, which meant it would be wiser to fly away than to disturb the peace again. If this warning was not heeded, she dropped the second feather as a sign to his family and others to remove the offender from the valley by whatever means necessary.
Our Grandfathers saw dense green forests surrounding the narrow valley. Steam rose from abundant hot springs on the side of the mysterious mountain. The valley was shrouded in misty vapors which feathered the lush underbrush and curled upward through the tall trees. Sometimes the vapors joined low clouds to float away in the pink evening sky. Other times they lay lightly upon the ground like a soft blanket or swirled around the bubbling crystal pools.
Manataka was a place of strange, mystical beauty. Everywhere, the sound of trickling water made sensual music as it bathed the bare faces of fractured cliffs and splashed into creeks at the bottom of the mountain. In places where the steaming waters issued from the rock, growing cones of tufa covered with exotic mosses cupped in shades of red and orange painted the calcareous rock. Particles of silica, washed by the sun, sparkled like millions of diamonds while pyrite fragments seemed to catch fire and glow.
The most magnificent sight to behold at Manataka was seen from miles away in any direction. Indian elders on pilgrimage may have said to their fellow travelers, “We know we are there when the sign in the sky appears.” The sign was a huge, beautiful rainbow stretching across the entire valley.
The Rainbows of Manataka would not disappear after a few minutes of glory in the sun like all other rainbows. ManatakaÕs rainbows would build and build in size and would become more colorful throughout the day because of the constantly running hot and cold water springs. The Rainbows of Manataka were not only a natural wonder of the world and a magical sight, they held a very special meaning. We believe the rainbow has a sacred purpose. The rainbow is a sign of the Creator’s Great Blessing. Wherever the rainbow appeared it was a place appointed by the Great Spirit Ð Creator for people to gather, especially those of differing origins and interests. It was a place where even enemies sat in peace.
It is at Manataka, under the rainbows that the nations gathered by direction of the Creator for His purpose. Manataka is truly the place of peace for all people. The area was a cultural and trade center for all native peoples Ð a great melting pot of American Indian culture.
The Valley of the Vapors was neutral territory unclaimed by any tribe. The Great Spirit decreed that all that visited here were to lay down their weapons and bathe as brothers in the healing waters. Even tribes who were hostile to each other acknowledged the truce while in the Place of Peace.