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The Olmec People.

Von: John Winston (johnfw@mlode.com) [Profil]
Datum: 06.06.2010 01:37
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Subject: The Olmec People.           June 5, 2010.

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The Mystery of the Olmecs
By David Hatcher Childress


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The Strange World of the Olmecs

The oldest and probably greatest mystery of early
Mexico and North America in general, is the
problem of the Olmecs. Olmecs are now often
referred to as Proto-Mayans by academic
archeologists, or Olmans, meaning inhabitants of
Olman, the "Olmec Land" as it is now being called.
When one looks at the enigmatic cave drawings, the
gigantic, perfectly carved heads, the trademark
"frown," and the violent, militaristic look of the
Olmecs, an emphatic question leaps to the
forebrain: "Who are these weirdos?"
What is fascinating about this enigmatic
civilization to us modern viewers is how they
represented themselves. In addition to these
showing Negroid features, many artifacts depict
individuals who have Oriental or European
features. It is therefore very interesting to pay
close attention to how the figures are
presented-how they dressed; the head gear they
wore; the shape of their eyes, nose, ears and
mouths; the way they held their hands; and the
expressions on their faces. It is all wonderful
art at its finest. The expressions and symbolism
in the objects they hold or are associated with
seem to indicate a high level of sophistication
and a shared iconography-What does it all mean?
Who are these people? Were they isolated
villagers or strangers from a faraway land?

Until the 1930s it was largely held that the
oldest civilization in the Americas was that of
the Maya. The great quantity of Mayan monuments,
steles, pottery, statues and other artifacts
discovered throughout the Yucatan, Guatemala and
the Gulf Coast of Mexico had convinced
archeologists that the Maya were the mother
civilization of Central America.

But some "Mayan artifacts" were different from
the main bulk of the artifacts in subtle ways.
One difference was that some carvings of large
heads had faces with more African-looking
features than many of the other Mayan works. Mayan
paintings and sculpture can be quite varied but
the African-looking features seemed distinctly
un-Mayan. These African-looking heads often had a
curious frown and often wore masks or appeared to
be a half-jaguar-half-man beast. This recurring
motif did not fit in with other Mayan finds.
Colossal sculpted heads of the mysterious Olmec
people of Central America
In 1929, Marshall H. Saville, the Director of the
Museum of the American Indian in New York,
classified these works as being from an entirely
new culture not of Mayan heritage. Somewhat
inappropriately, he called this culture Olmec (a
name first assigned to it in 1927), which means
"rubber people" in Nahuatl, the language of the
Mexica ("Aztec") people. Most of the early
anomalous artifacts were found in the Tabasco and
Veracruz regions of southern Mexico, a swampy
region exploited for natural gas, but in ancient
times a source point for rubber.
Indeed, the Olmecs are now credited with creating
the ball game that played such a significant role
in all Mesoamerican civilizations, and the rubber
balls that were used in the game. This game may be
even older than the Olmecs, in fact. Ball courts
and the Olmec-Mayan ball game were popular even as
far north as Arizona and Utah and as far south as
Costa Rica and Panama.
Olmec ball carrying figure
Olmec sculpture of a bearded figure
The Olmecs had been discovered. However, this
discovery created more questions than there were
answers. The discovery of the Olmecs seemed to
cast into doubt many of the old assumptions
concerning the prehistory of the Americas.
Suddenly, here was a diverse-looking people who
built monumental sculptures with amazing skill,
were the actual "inventors" of the number and
writing system used by the Maya, the ball game
with its rubber balls and even knew about the
wheel (as evidenced by their wheeled toys).

John Winston.  johnfw@mlode.com

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