Did you know that the Egyptians might have been the first people to discover America? Not Lief Eriksson (or Christopher Columbus) as first thought.
Just by looking at both the Mayan and Ancient Egyptian cultures, you can see some obvious differences:
An article that was published on the 1st September 1996 had an odd theory along the lines of:
A recent study has revealed that traces of tobacco and cocaine have been found in some Egyptian mummies (the dead one’s – just to clarify). They are suspected to have smoked or chewed the tobacco leaves, and we don’t really know how they consumed the cocaine. There must have been a trading link between the two countries, as the coca plant has only been grown in South and Central America. Silk was also found in the hair of mummies, leading us to think that Egypt had worldwide trading link – especially with Asia. It isn’t known whether they would have travelled the way the Mayans did or whether they sailed there.
Here is a list of some of the things that the two cultures have in common:
Pyramids – although the pyramids vary slightly from each other, they both share the same idea.
Mummies – both of the cultures have mummies, and embalmed them. Mummies from both cultures have been found with crossed arms, and both have gold funeral masks.
Opposing animal masks/headpieces – The Mayans and the Egyptians have masks/headpieces that have animals (usually gods) facing away from each other.
Similar stone masonry – The two both had squircle-shaped stones with raised circles on the bottom of only some stones.
Obelisks (with hieroglyphics) – The obelisk is a highly recognisable symbol of both countries, although it is associated with Egypt more than Mexico
Elongated skulls – Both of the countries have elongated skulls, although the Mayans are suspected to have flattened and elongated their skulls unnaturally by binding their heads from young ages.
Earthquake-proof buildings – As both countries were in earthquake-prone areas, their architecture had to withstand and tremors or quakes that may occur, so instead of the buildings going straight up they tilted slant
Solar religion – They both worshipped the sun, but the name of the god and the way that they worshipped were very different.
Three-door temples – The similarities in the doors in temples indicates the same religion.
Anthropoid coffins – Both the Egyptians and the Mayans have human-like coffins.
Third eye / solar circle on forehead and single eye symbols – represent the mind’s eye/third eye and seeing the true sun (one’s soul)
Reed boats – The two civilisations have created reed boats to fish and travel in.
Floating/flying deities – In many Egyptian and Mayan art, their gods and goddesses are depicted as flying/floating, which wasn’t uncommon, but there is a striking resemblance between the two
Spiral art – Both places have spirals featured in many forms of their art – the Mayans had odd spiral patterns in grasses and farmlands, and the Egyptians feature many spirals on their pottery and wall art.
Elaborate temples – The two styles of temples featured many rectangular shaped windows
Aten glyph – a hieroglyph – a circle with a dot in the middle
Symmetrical art – Many Mayan and Ancient Egyptian artwork has symmetrical animals, patterns, people etc.
Connections between Siberia and the Mayans have also been found, with a few dialect/languages are the same or extremely similar.
Do you think that the Mayans and the Egyptian, or the Mayans and the Siberian groups might have been in contact with America, before it was ‘discovered’?