TRAIL-BLAZING FOR KING SOLOMON
THE ANCIENT WHITE GODS OF SOUTH AMERICA
WHEN CORTEZ and his soldiers arrived in South America, they were welcomed by the Indians as the ‘White Gods’ who had visited their ancestors in the very dawn of their history, bestowing upon them the blessings of civilisation. The Indians were soon to learn that, far from being ‘White Gods’, the Spaniards were robbers and murderers, inspired not by benevolence but by lust for gold. The Spaniards, on their part, were awed by the magnificent temples and palaces and by the profusion of gold objects. They found the Indians enjoying the benefits of an evolved civilisation. Their kings wore robes of Tyrian purple (the Phoenicians obtained this dye from a type of shellfish). They wore crowns; sat on thrones: employed heraldic devices and standards. They used cups and spoons. The Spaniards were astonished to learn that their priest taught about the Flood, the Tower of Babel, Heaven and Hell and also themes from both Egyptian and Greek mvtlology. They used incense in religious ceremonies; sprinkled infants with water; held festivals which the Spaniards found were astonishingly like their own Church festivals and held on the same dates. They met rulers and nobles who were fair-haired and fair-skinned, who spoke a different language from their subjects and would not intermingle with them.
THE ARRIVAL OF THE FAIR-HAIRED GOD-MEN
The legends of the White Gods continue among the Indians of South America today. They tell of White Gods with fair hair, beards and blue eyes who arrived in great ships, wearing ornaments on their foreheads depicting serpents. They taught the indigenous Indians science, engineering, law and morality. They forbade human sacrifice and preached peace. Ultimately these White Gods left, to return to their own land, promising that they would return.
In contrast, arriving aeons later, the Spaniards brutally destroyed the civilisation they had discovered, forcibly converting the surviving Indians to Roman Catholicism and reducing them again to a primitive people. Their Iiterature was burned by fanatical priests. But one Bishop repented of this insane orgy of destruction and rescued a few precious manuscripts. In later centuries, travellers found the Indians living in degenerate, squalid conditions beside the ruins of the magnificent cities which their ancestors had inhabited. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, adventurers and explorers became fascinated by evidence of great civilisations which they discovered in South America. Jean Frederic Waldeck - who had been present when Napoleon made his famous speech beside the Egyptian Pyramids, looking down upon his army - spent two years sketching ancient remains in South America. American, John Lloyd Stephens, exploring a jungle, discovered a huge statue which had been concealed by foliage. He bought the entire forest from its half-caste owner for fifty dollars and brought a pyramid to light.
ARCHITECTURE FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN
He went on to discover more remains of the Mayan civilisation. The magnificent finds attracted world interest and a succession of scholars and archaeologists have since continued to make fresh discoveries. More lies in unexplored jungles awaiting search.
What evidence do these discoveries give us regarding the identity of the mysterious White Gods? The architecture of the temples and palaces point to Egypt and Crete as being the original civilisations from which they came. Actually, there was obviously a succession of such ‘Gods’ arriving in South America, from before 2000 B.C. until AD.10; but all were alike in showing a benevolent concern for the welfare of the Indians. The White Gods had taught them how to build pyramids. In 1922 archaeologists discovered the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan, which is 100 feet high with a base 330 feet by 260 feet. On its western side there is a double staircase with four parapets. On a platform stood two temples with two stone altars; it was decorated with sculptured, plumed serpents. Also uncovered was the famous Aztec calendar stone, 12 feet in diameter and weighing 24 tons. In 1925, archaeologists found beneath a hill a 60 feet pyramid with a base 200 by 165 feet. It was decorated by huge turquoise snakes. The Sun Pyramid near Mexico City has the same foundation measurements as the Cheops Pyramid in Egypt, although only half its height.
THE CULTURE OF BIBLE LANDS
Other Egyptian evidences are the Egyptian symbol of life which was widely used in ornamentation. Mummies have been unearthed, the methods of mummification being exactly the same as those used in Ancient Egypt. Mummified animals - also an Egyptian custom - have been found. Death Chambers - like those of Ancient Egypt - have a little round hole in the top slab to allow the soul to flutter though. Monoliths, similar to Egyptian obelisks, have also been discovered. In Ancient Egypt, the god of death was depicted with a dog’s head - in Aztec mythology Xolot, god of death, has a dog’s head. Gold death masks, another Egyptian custom (also found in Mycenae) have been discovered. The magnificent Mayan Temple of the White God Kukalchan has nine steps representing the 'nine heavens' and 365 steps, one for each day in a year. The whole of Mayan art was mathematical and the priests were obsessed by chronology. They were expert astronomers.
The magnificent palaces are like those in Crete with modern drainage systems and air conditioning. Like the Cretans, they used asphalt in decoration. The statues do not have Indian features but Caucasian and wear the same type of helmet with flaps to protect the chin as those worn in ancient Crete and Mycenae. Amber iewellery - another Cretan specialty - has been found. The Indians relate that the White Gods gave them their script and modern scholars have found this to be an ancient Cretan script. The Cretan spiral is also common in South America. Western civilisation is associated with the stele, which came from Mesopotamia to Greece. The Mayan were also a people of the stele and sculpture - as in ancient Greece - attained so high a standard that the great sculptor Rodin confessed that he could not attempt to create anything near their quality! In Greek mythology a three-headed dog called Cerberus guarded the entrance to Hades.
A WEALTH OF EVIDENCE
The god of death, in both Egyptian and Aztec mythology; had a dog’s head. The ancient Greeks place a small coin into the mouth of the corpse, to pay the fare for Charon, who ferried the souls of the dead across the River of Death. Similarly, mummies have been found in the Peruvian coastal region with small discs in their mouths. Small statues have been found, combining human and fish features as in Greek mvthology. Carved archaic Greek letters have aiso been discovered. Hybrid gods, typical of Assyrian, Egyptian and Greek rnythology have been found. Explorers recognising that many of the names of rivers, mountains, hills, animals and plants, etc., were Semitic, were convinced that the gold countries of Ophir, Tarshish and Parvaim mentioned in the Bible were not in the Old World but in the Amazon region on the Rio Solimoes - Solomon’s River. We recall that Solomon’s ships took three years on some of their voyages.
CAUCASUS - CHINA - SOUTH AMERICA
There is also evidence of 'Chinese' influence on the South American civilisations. Heine-Geldern has established that many of the accomplishments of the Far East were taken to China about 700 B.C. by migrating people from the Caucasus area - the dispersal point of the clans of Noah. Thus, the features of civilisation from Asia which were brought to South America came originally from peoples who migrated from the very area from which Shem, Ham and Japheth led their respective peoples. It was also the region in which deported Israel later sojourned after their escape from Assyrian bondage.
The Spanish Dominican, Fray Diego Duran, who served among the Aztecs in the sixteenth century was convinced that they were descended from Israelite wanderers. He wrote:
"The Indians have traditions regarding a great man who, alter suffering many afflictions and persecutions on the part of his countrymen, gathered the multitude of his followers and persuaded them to flee from that persecution to a land where they could live in peace. Having made himself leader of those people. he went to the seashore and moved the water with a rod he carried in his hand. Then the sea opened and he and his followers went through. And the enemies, seeing this opening made, went after him, but the waters returned to their place and the pursuers were never heard of again."
Duran also saw an Indian painting which depicted events recorded in the Bible; the earth swallowing up Korah, Dathan and Abiron; God’s provision of manna for His people. An ancient Indian also described the Creation and the Tower of Babel to him as being ancient traditions of his race.
In the nineteenth century, Lord Edward Kingsborough spent his fortune on the luxury publication of nine huge volumes giving a mass of evidence to prove that the Indians were one of the ‘lost’ tribes of Israel. They do indeed show that Hebrew-Israelites in those far-off days had reached South America.
KING SOLOMON IN THE PICTURE
Thomas Stuart Ferguson, a Californian lawyer associated with the New World Archaeological Foundation, is of the opinion that Mexico’s early high civilisation was received from Mesopotamia in the third millennium B.C. surely Shemite - and that about 600 B.C. two small groups of Israelites crossed the Atlantic to make contributions to the existing Middle American culture and to influence religious beliefs.
||He cites records of extensive early voyages from Crete to Britain and one from Ezion-Geber to Ophir, to bring gold to King Solomon. He also cites the Annals of the Cakchiquels, a document compiled by the nobles of Totonicapan in 1554, relating the history of their ancestors, telling of their ocean journey undertaken at the instigation of the 'Great God' Who wished it to be done because they were the sons of Abraham and Jacob. Because of his special interest in Semitic and Near Eastern origins, Mr. Ferguson initiated in l964 a linguistic project under the supervision of Professor Swadesh of the National University of Mexico to determine to what extent Hebraic influences may have survived. In a pilot study, Mr. Ferguson reported that the Zapotec vocabulary contained from 18 to 20 per cent recognisable Hebrew words: a percentage too high to be the result of chance parallels. He also compiled a list of 311 cultural elements common to both Near Eastern and Middle American cultures. These include: adobe bricks, blast furnaces, crested war helmets. truncated pyramids, sundials, stucco masks on walls, thrones, wheeled toys made of pottery, hieroglyphics, genealogical records, fertility figures, unleavened bread, tripod vessels and cylinder seals incised with identical designs.|
THE EVIDENCE PILES UP
Scholars have recently compared similar dyestuffs employed by pre-Colombian peoples of Middle America and the ancient Hebrews. Egyptologist, Joseph Lindon Smith, found striking features in common between the cultures of the Egyptians and the Maya. These include: the Milky Way symbol of Divine Life; the Serpent; the Tree of Life (found in ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, Assyrian, Hittite and Hebraic cultures and mentioned in Genesis and Revelation).
Altars and incense-burners horned at four corners, described in the Old Testament, are common to the ancient Middle East and to ancient Middle America. The six-pointed Star of David - with the triangles similarly interlaced - appears on the wall of a Mayan ruin in Uximal.
The mass of evidence now available assuredly establishes that the Indians of South America, whose ancestors in the days of prehistory crossed the Behring Sea from Asia to Alaska, and who over the centuries moved south through the two Continents, received civilisation from far-ranging pioneers of Noachic descent - surely Shemite - and that, centuries later, these were followed by seafaring Israelites who were in all probability Danite merchant mariners of the fleet of King Solomon. These intrepid adventurers carried the Divine Revelation bestowed on the Adamic Race to the very ends of the earth. These were the White Gods who took culture to the lands of the Aztecs, the Mayas, the Toltecs and the Incas, many, many centuries before Columbus made his historic landfall.
In Quest of The White God by Pierre Honoré.
The Aztecs - The History of The Indies of New Spain by Fray Diego Duran.
The Ancient Past of Mexico by Alma M. Reed.
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