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May 24, 2009

Ancient Connections Between Mediterranean and American Cultures

Filed under: Ancient Civilizations,Uncategorized — Tags: — Jim @ 1:49 pm

I find it fascinating to realize all the similarities between the ancient Egyptians and the ancient civilizations of the Americas. Pyramids are one obvious similarity. Heiroglyphics represent another. But there are many more.

Gold, for instance, is extremely difficult to find, and even more difficult to accumulate in large quantities. Why would two separate civilizations with absolutely no connections treasure the same material? There are many things of greater value such as food, shelter and good health. Gold provides none of these except through a falsely implied value. Likewise, gems also implied value in the form of wealth to both Egyptians and Meso-Americans.

Religion and politics were intertwined in both Egyptian and most large Meso-American cultures. Most often, the ruler was a God-like figure, with unequivocable power, much like the pharoahs.

Large agricultural and military components provided power to dominate neighboring villages and tribes. Calendars and astronomical data were advanced, detailed, and quite accurate. Religious rites were along similar lines dealing with creation, birth, death, power, morals and law.

While it seems certain that the Egyptians and Phoenicians were quite capable of sailing to the Americas, little is known about Meso-American mariners. Pizzaro witnessed large sailing rafts traveling along the coastlines. But there’s very little evidence of Meso-American travel to the Mediterranean.

It seems inevitable that at some point in the future, we’ll find even more similarities between the Ancient Mediterranean civilizations and the Americas. I wonder if they’ll ever find absolute connections? To date, there are no provable connections between Egyptians and the Americas. However, there are some extraordinary connections between West Africans and the Americans. And, the West Africans also built pyramid type structures prior to the spread of the Sahara. Interesting.


5 Comments

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  4. How long did it take you to write this?

    Comment by Cristian — November 8, 2009 @ 12:02 am

  5. Hi Christian. I’m not sure whether you’re referring to the book or the post. The post took about half an hour to 45 minutes–can’t remember exactly how long it took. The book took 10 years in my spare time. I was working 50-60 hours a week as a truckdriver when I wrote the book. Those were the good old days, when I had time to think. Now I work in marketing, copywriting and maintaining web sites. It’s more difficult to find time to write, and then be able to focus on it. If you can write without distractions, it’s much better to be the “starving artist”. But, if you have family and obligations, you really can’t afford to spend so much time writing. If it was possible to just write, I don’t think it would be all that difficult to put out a novel every 12-18 months.

    Comment by Jim — November 8, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

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