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11. Magnetism and Axial Tilts [Books] [de Grazia books]
... Sun, then the routines of the current Sun - the rising and setting, the solstices and equinoxes - to answer all problems of ancient civilizations. When the ruins do not confirm to these directions, then Polaris, the current fixed star of the north, is assumed to guide the primeval builders. One preplexed writer suggested that the Mesoamerican Olmecs aligned their structures with the Big Dipper. When neither the north-south axis nor the solar behavior nor a constellation fits the orientation, then it is that the ancients could not tell directions well, or that the matter in any case was not important to the builders. What is absent from such reasoning? First, there is a failure ...
12. Human Sacrifice - Then and Now [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... is, however, quite useful. Here we see how the shaman operates not as himself but under the influence of drugs and disguised as a jaguar. Thinking that this cult of the jaguar simply spread to the later cultures, Saunders follows its imagery from Chavin de Huantar to the Mochican culture and the Incas of Peru, and from the Olmecs at 1250 BC to Monte Alban, the Maya, Toltecs and finally the Aztecs in Mesoamerica, failing to relate this imagery to that of other world cultures. One of the earliest Jaguar figures carved by the Olmecs is extremely like the Chinese lion', even down to its flame' eyebrows, and the jaguar facial characteristics are also ...
13. Neil Steede: From Tiahuanaco to the Giza Plateau [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... such as the Mortuary Temple of Khafre and the Sphinx Temple. Beyond this I can make no real comment on the subject. Neil went on to talk about the positioning of the pyramids and other structures in relationship to the celestial sky, before finishing his lecture with a review of the recent work he has conducted in connection with the famous Olmec Heads from La Venta on the Gulf coast of Mexico. He has found that carved on to their surfaces is an unvowelled form of Ogham, or Ogam, a writing system which although originating in the British Isles, has been found at various cave sites in the southern United States. A translation of the script on the Olmec Heads ...
14. Poleshift [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... ] returned to tribal nomadism."115 This, of course, implies a climatic change in northern China that forced change on the society's way of life. In the Americas, however, the evidence of cataclysms is less equivocal than in China. M. D. Coe claims that in America a "mighty cataclysm" destroyed the first Olmec civilization, termed the San Lorenzo culture, around 900 B.C . The destruction was so great that he claims it exhibited "an actual period of marked cultural change" which took place at most Mesoamerican sites.116 The cause of this broad area of cultural collapse and sudden change in culture and artifacts from one type to a ...
15. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... least 4000 years ago but it was not supposed to have reached further west for around 2000 years. Now, however, strands of silk have been found in the hair of a mummy from Egypt's 21st dynasty, conventionally dated from 1069 to 945 BC. Ancient Mexico National Geographic November 1993, pp. 88-115 and February 1994, geographica The Olmec culture was Mesoamerica's first civilization, beginning 3000 years ago. They built large pyramids, made basalt statues and columns, including nine foot high heads, built elaborate tombs and ritual centres with plazas in which were played a ceremonial ball game and followed a jaguar cult. They are regarded as the mother culture of the later Aztec and Maya ...
16. The Great Comet Venus [Journals] [Aeon]
... turquoise tail, and the serpent or coatl." (45) Thus two of our listed five most common comet glyphs are brought together in the name of the god. And the combined hieroglyphs clearly have a long history. The earliest known version of the plumed serpent pre-dates the Aztecs by many centuries, appearing on monuments of the Formative Olmecs. (46) Conceptually, the avian serpent reached significantly beyond Aztec culture. The Maya name for the same god, Kulkulkan, carries an equivalent meaning, as does the Quiché figure, Gucumatz. (47) The same figure appears to have entered Zuni ritual as the plumed serpent Kolowisi and Hopi ritual as the plumed serpent Palulukong ...
17. Forum [Journals] [Aeon]
... my use of the word "snippets" to designate the evidence behind the "northernism" inherent in our theory, this referred to the few items I presented in the paper I read at the SIS Silver Jubilee,  and not to the totality of such available evidence. And Rose knows this quite well. Maya Cosmos & Olmec Mirrors Richard M. Smith, from Banning, California, writes: I enjoyed Part II of Ken Moss' interesting article on the Maya cosmos, but, in his statement about Olmec concave mirrors- "the reflected image was not only reversed but would appear as if it were hanging in the sky" - he ...
18. Letters [Journals] [SIS Review]
... . 19-22 of JACF 4, to which Baillie drew attention in his letter, seems good and that whereas a fairly small error might result from the poor t-values, it is not going to provide the major reductions we are looking for. It is important therefore that there be a proper publication of these dendrochronologies. Bob Porter, London Another Olmec/ Ancient Egyptian Link?In his book Fingerprints of the Gods Graham Hancock is at pains to demonstrate that the Olmec and Ancient Egyptian civilisations might have had a common link through a hitherto forgotten civilisation, possibly emanating from Antarctica before a dramatic climate change. It is well known that quite a number of the Egyptian sculpted reliefs have been ...
19. Letters [Journals] [SIS Review]
... ' to cross the Atlantic? Also, a comment on p. 42 of C&CR 1999:1 (Down, Rethinking Hatshepsut'): it should be pointed out that most scholars date the Ipuwer Papyrus to the First Intermediate Period, not the Second Intermediate as Down has done. Bob Porter, London The Riddle of the Olmec Heads In the Ancient Voices series on BBC2 there was a programme on The Hunt for the first Americans'. A group of French archaeologists claimed to have found artefacts dating back to 50,000 years ago at a place called Serra da Capavari in North Eastern Brazil - i.e . thousands of years before human occupation of the ...
20. Maya Cosmos: A Saturnian Interpretation [Journals] [Aeon]
... ), nor the Classic Period (200-910 A.D .) , when Maya civilization was considered to have been at its peak. Cancuen is believed to have been built around 400 B.C . in the Preclassic Period (ca. 1500 B.C . - A.D . 200), which era also includes the Olmec. The Maya lived (and live today) in Mesoamerica, which constitutes the modern countries of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. Although some of their beliefs and rituals began with the even older, still shadowy, Olmec, the lowland Maya came into their own by 600 B.C . when they ...
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