A report by Alfred Kidder II, an eminent authority at the University of Pennsylvania, admitted years ago: “Many chapters of man’s history in Latin America remain a blank. . . .Cotton that can be spun poses a problem of origin that is still unsolved. . . .The development of pottery, carbon-dated to around 1,500 BCE, for the most part remain a mystery. . . .The question of whether man in ancient America evolved his own culture or imported it has inspired many a wild surmise.”
In an early account of Columbus’ first contact with the Maya, the reputed first white man to discover them, we learn of an interesting incident. Coming toward the shore, Columbus “beheld a great canoe or boat arriving as if from some distant and important voyage. He was amazed at its size and contents.” Later the report states: “There were hatchets for cutting wood, not formed by stone but made of copper.”
The Mayan civilization did not originate in any part of the Americas. It was born and cradled in a land foreign to that soil. The ancient Maya arrived on the shores of Yucatan hurriedly and without choice.
The progenitors of the Maya in Yucatan gave to the world such priceless gifts as: maize, potatoes, cacas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, squashes, lima beans, kidney beans, peppers, pineapples, strawberries, persimmons, peanuts, alligator pears, cassava, quinine, cascara agrada, cocaine, copal, balsam, anil, cochineal, alpaca, llama, guinea pig, turkey, etc., and where would we be today without the Maya gift of rubber, not to mention tobacco?
All accounts refer to them as a peaceful people. The evidence shows that the basis and practice of their religion was sublime. They believe in one god, and in the immortality of the soul; and it was not a mutilated man, but flowers and fruit that they placed on their altars. they did not practice human sacrifice. The Maya worshipped one god, Hanu-ku, and believed in one creator of all things.
Intriguing legend was transcribed into Spanish by Bishop Landa, the Bishop of Chiapas, the enigmatical instigator of the destruction of Maya records by burning, and later, student of what remained, recorded at a time close to the original conquest of Yucatan that in Yucatan the traditions all point to an eastern and foreign origin for their race.
The early transcribers of Maya records reported that “the natives believe their ancestors to have crossed the sea, by a passage which was open for them.”
The account concerns a group of long-robed colonists coming to the Maya lands at a time calculated by the Bishop and his assistant at about 1,000 BCE. The were led by a demigod called Votan, sometimes referred to as a grandson of Quetzalcoatl, and he and his followers were said to have intermarried with the Maya and founded the city of Palenque.
By an even odder quirk, the Bishop’s own writings, lost soon after his death, stayed lost for three hundred years. They were found by another man of the Church, Charles Etienne Brasseur. The painstaking study Brasseur made of the “key” alphabet prompted him to make a solemn announcement. The Maya were neither Isrealites nor Egyptians, as had always been claimed.
The Maya, or perhaps, their predecessors, the Olmec, came closest of all ancient peoples to calculating the exact length of the solar year, a measurement know to our own civilization only comparatively recently. The true measurement of the solar year is 365.2422 days, and the Maya, through techniques and calculations no yet fully understood, were able to come as close as 365.2420 days, an almost negligible difference.
Any astronomer will concede that the compilation of a calendar and its establishment are the result of an incalculable number of experiments, covering a period of at least many, many hundreds of years. The extreme accuracy of the Maya calendar alone, would indicate its origin at least thousands of years ago.
The ancient Maya established their calendar over five thousand years ago, and it is so accurate that it differs from our own but a few minutes in a year. Even so, the Mayas were aware of that inaccuracy and took care of it every fifty-two years.