Living in Mexico in the Yucatan you'll be struck by the similarities between Egyptian and Mayan culture. But the Egyptians built the first pyramids around 2,780BC while archaeologists suggest the first Mayan pyramids were not built until the 12th Century. So did the two worlds ever meet?
In 1992, a German forensic toxicologist from Munich, Dr. S. Balabanova, discovered traces of tobacco and cocaine in Egyptian mummies and other ancient remains. Tobacco and cocaine are not known to have existed in the ancient world as these were products found in South America, so how did these come to be used by ancient Egyptians?
The Egyptians and Phoenicians of the time were knowledgeable mariners, constructing reed boats of papyrus reeds used as a common form of transportation throughout the river Nile. Boats of this style can still be seen in use in some locations of South America, living in Mexico, not so far away, are the Mayans.
Eratosthenes, the ancient historian, wrote that the Egyptians carried on trade with India, possibly on similar constructed boats, if this was the case then maybe they coudl have also reached the New World.
Could this be why there are many resemblances between the pyramids of Egypt and Mayan constructions? From the hieroglyphics to the worshiping of the elements, such as the sun and rain, the headdresses worn, the knowledge of working in gold and copper and the similarity in Tibetan, Mayan and Egyptian languages. Do all these things point at a meeting between the two worlds way before any documentation?
Of course, it could all be the ulimate conspiracy story or hoax, but living in Mexico you'll have the opportunity to visit ancient Mayan treasures and make up your own mind.
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