ANCIENT MAN AND HIS FIRST CIVILIZATIONS
THE OLMEC AND THE AMERICAS
What if I told you that the “X” thang that we seem to be attributing to an IMAGINARY place in a foreign continent, and the whole Cat Man theme derives from the Jaguar Kings, whose origins, belief and ideology is AMERICAN? Well, It’s a MIND BLOWING FACT!!! I’ll Tell you like my Grandmother use to say…”The DEVIL is a LIE!”
In the Americas, we are learning more and more that the history of the ancient civilizations and cultures are much older and much more complex than what was once thought. New evidences of early human habitation are constantly being found, and a few sites have produced dates of human habitation that date over 50,000 years ago. Sites such as Pedra Furada – Brazil, Monte Verde – Chile, and Fells cave in Tierra del Fuego – Chile, are enabling us to paint a new and more complete picture of the early history of the ancient American civilizations in the Western Hemisphere. The TRUE Old World…
THE ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS OF THE AMERICAS
The Mokaya were the pre-Olmec cultures of the Soconusco region in Mexico and parts of the Pacific coast of western Guatemala. The Mokaya were an archaeological culture that developed a number of Mesoamerica’s earliest-known sedentary settlements. The Soconusco region is generally divided by archaeologists into three adjacent zones along the coast—the Lower Río Naranjo region (along the Pacific coast of western Guatemala), Acapetahua, and Mazatán (both on the Pacific coast of modern-day Chiapas, Mexico). These three zones are spread apart along the coast, but they are connected by a natural inland waterway, which could have permitted easy communication in prehistoric times. The term Mokaya was coined by archaeologists to mean “corn people” in an early form of the Mixe–Zoquean language, which the Mokaya supposedly spoke.
The Mokaya are thought to be the first to domesticate cacao the precursor to chocolate. Around 1900 BC, they domesticated one of the dozen species of cacao and brought it from the upper Amazon. A Mokaya archaeological site provides evidence of cacao beverages dating to this time. The Barra phase of the Mokaya culture is dated 1550-1400 BC. The early sites belonging to this phase are Altamira, San Carlos, and Paso de la Amada. This phase is already distinguished by its sophisticated pottery. Then came the Locona phase 1400-1250 BC, with many more sites. The Mokaya are thought to have been among the first cultures in Mesoamerica to develop a hierarchical society, which arose in the Early Formative or pre-classic period of Mesoamerican chronology, at a time (late 2nd millennium BCE) slightly before similar traits were evident among the early Olmec centers of the Gulf Coast region.
The Olmec were the First Nation in Central America, and they are known as the first major civilization in Mexico, following a progressive development in Soconusco. They lived in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the present-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco. It has been speculated that Olmec derived from the Xi or Jomon of China, or perhaps the Tsimshiann Indians on the west coast of Canada. It has also been speculated that the Olmecs derive in part from the neighboring Mokaya or Mixe–Zoque that preceded them.
The population of the Olmecs flourished during Mesoamerica’s formative period, dating roughly from as early as 1500 BCE to about 400 BCE. Pre-Olmec cultures had flourished in the area since about 2500 BCE, but by 1600–1500 BCE, early Olmec culture had emerged, centered on the San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán site near the coast in southeast Veracruz. They were the first Mesoamerican civilization, and laid many of the foundations for the civilizations that followed.Recent research suggests that the Olmec had their roots in early farming cultures of Tabasco, which began between 5100 BCE and 4600 BCE. These shared the same basic food crops and technologies of the later Olmec civilization. The Olmec culture is thought to have ended around 400 B.C. These Olmec inhabited southern Mexico, and are regarded as the Mother Culture of the Americas – that is to say, the later Amerindian cultures and technology of the Americas, descend from Olmec culture and technology.
The name Olmec means “rubber people” in Nahuatl, the Aztec language. It was the Aztec name for the people who once lived in this area, and extracted latex from rubber trees. The Colonizers mistakenly assigned the name to the ancient ruins that they found there, not realizing that those ruins pre-dated the Aztec and other civilizations in the Americas. The word “Olmec” also refers to the rubber balls, used for the ancient ball game of Olmec creation.
When evidence of the Olmec was first discovered (in 1863), scientists at first didn’t know what to make of them. The questions were, where did they come from, and how did they get here? It was first thought that the Olmec were west Africans, who had came across in boats. But now there is mounting evidence that the Olmec were remnants from the Xia dynasty of China, who probably had come across the Bering straits into the Americas. What may be evidence of their trek south, along the western north-American coast, can be seen in the masks of the Tsimshian Indians of the western coast of Canada, and in written accounts of the California Indians in The United States. There is also the similarity between Xia Human sacrifice in China, and Olmec human sacrifice in the Americas, as well as their fondness for jade work. The last and most recent evidence: comparison of Shang writing in China, and Olmec writing in America, show the two to be very similar. Not to mention that the Olmec called themselves the Xi or Xia.
The Olmec were like the other Ancients, a highly advanced culture. They had writing, mathematics, and a calendar system. Their religion was Shamanism – the supposed ability to assume the powers of animals. Olmec cities had ceremonial buildings or temples, that were typically earthen platform mounds, with house-like structures built upon them. At La Venta we can see such platform mounds arranged around large plazas as well as a tall pyramid. Olmec cities also had aqueducts and drainage systems.
The Olmec introduced many things to the Americas, most of them good. However, the Xia/Olmec practice of Human sacrifice, which even intruded unto another Olmec invention, The Rubber Ball Game, was not. And there is no doubt, that the Amerindians wholehearted acceptance and subsequent practice of human sacrifice, was the major contributor to their demise. The hatreds that built-up because the strong were using the weak as pools of sacrificial candidates, meant that they would do exactly as they did do, when the occasion arose.
THE JAGUAR KINGS
The were-jaguar was both an Olmec motif and a supernatural entity, perhaps a deity. The were-jaguar motif is characterized by almond-shaped eyes, a down turned open mouth, and a cleft head. It appears widely in the Olmec archaeological record, and in many cases, under the principle of pars pro toto, the were-jaguar motif represents the were-jaguar supernatural. The were-jaguar supernatural incorporates the were-jaguar motif as well as other features, although various academics define the were-jaguar supernatural differently. The were-jaguar supernatural was once considered to be the primary deity of the Olmec culture but is now thought to be only one of many.
The term is derived from Old English were, meaning “man”, and jaguar, a large member of the cat family in the Olmec heartland, on analogy with werewolf. The Olmec, or at least the royal lineage, believed they were descended from a Jaguar God, who they depicted with a cleft head, large eyes and feline snout. Subsequently, the descendants of the Jaguar God featured down turned feline mouths. The Jaguar Kings wore the sacred “X” badge of the unified state, as well as the ear-plaits and headdresses which emulated the cleft head of the Jaguar God. Subsequent royal breeding married the Jaguar lineage with other powerful royal lines, such as the descendants of the Bird God, the Dragon/ Serpent God, the Crocodile God, and the so on. The sacred offspring of these royal alliances were then recorded on great monuments that would have taken pride of place around the cities of the Olmec kingdom, in the royal palaces, homes of the elite, and sacred temples to remind visitors and citizens of the royal lineage and its super-natural powers.
NOW, PLEASE TELL ME WHERE IS ANY OF THIS HISTORY ANYWHERE IN AFRICA…I’ll Wait.