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The Olmec Enigma - Astronaut Gordon Cooper Corroborates Sitchin

The Olmec Enigma - Astronaut Gordon Cooper Corroborates Sitchin

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The Olmec Enigma - Astronaut Corroborates
Sitchin
November 2000
If an astronaut were ever to corroborate an aspect of my writings, I would have expected it to be
in regard to planetary matters. Surprisingly, such a corroboration concerns, of all things, the
Olmecs of ancient Mexico.

The unexpected corroboration is tucked away in the recently published book A Leap of Faith by
the Mercury-7 astronaut Gordon Cooper, in which his story as a test pilot and astronaut is
peppered with (to quote from the dust jacket),

"his strong views on the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence -- and even the
distinct possibility that we have already had contact."

Readers of my books, and especially of The Lost Realms, as well as of a previous article on this website titled "The Case of the

Missing Elephant," know by now that

beginning with the discovery of a colossal
stone head in 1869, an advanced civilization
that preceded the Mayas and Aztecs of
Mexico came to light. Its leaders and bearers
were unmistakably black Africans. They were
arbitrarily named by archaeologists
"Olmecs"; and their embarrassing enigma --
of who they were, and how they had come
across the ocean, and why, was compounded
by the timing of their arrival in the New World.

Once it was conceded (very grudgingly!) that
the 'Olmecs' did indeed represent the earliest
or even Mother Civilization of Mesoamerica,
the date of their arrival was at first set at
about 250 B.C.; then at about 500 B.C.; then
farther back and back, until 1500 B.C. was
acknowledged.

But I have argued for a date twice as old!
A God and His Secret Number

My conclusion that the Olmec presence in the New World went back at
least 5,000 years, to circa 3000 B.C., was reached by many paths. The first
one was an attempt to identify the great god of Mesoamerica, the Winged
Serpent (Quetzalcoatl to the Aztecs, Kukulkan to the Mayas), and the
significance of his promise to return to those lands on the first day of a 52-
year cycle, (AD 1519, when the Aztec king Montezuma believed that the

appearance of the Spanish conquistador Cortez was such a Return,
coincided with the anticipated sacred date).

The peoples of Mesoamerica employed in addition to a practical calendar
of 365 days, called the Haab, also a Sacred Calendar (called Tzolkin) of 260
days. The two cyclical calendars were conceived as two wheels with
meshing teeth that turned and returned to the same spot once in 52 years;
and 52 was the Sacred Number of the Winged Serpent god?

Since 52 was also the Secret
Number of the god known to
the Egyptians as Thoth; since
Thoth as Quetzalcoatl, was the
god of science and the
calendar; and since Thoth was
exiled from Egypt circa 3100
B.C., I have suggested that it
was he who took a group of
his African followers to a new land, bringing the "Olmecs" to Mesoamerica.

Accordingly, I said, Olmec presence goes back to at least 3000 B.C. -- a
date twice as old as that conceded by established archaeologists.
The Mysterious "Day One"

By the time I was writing The Lost Realms, the book devoted to the
prehistory of the Americas, I was sure that the arrival of the Olmecs with
Thoth/Quetzalcoatl could be established with astounding precision. The
key to unlocking the enigma was the Olmec Calendar.

In addition to the Haab and the Tzolkin, there was in Mesoamerica a third
calendar, used to inscribe dates on monuments. Given the name the Long
Count, it was not cyclical as the other two, but linear -- a continuous one,

counting the total number of days that had passed since the counting
began on a mysterious Day One.

By means of glyphs denoting groups of days
(1, 20, 360, 7,200 or even 144,000) and dots
and bars giving the number for each group-glyph, monuments were dated
by saying: A total of so many days from Day One have passed when this
Monument was erected.

But what was that Day One, when did it occur, and what was its
significance?

It has been established beyond doubt that this Long Count calendar was the original Olmec calendar; and it is now generally agreed that Day One was equivalent to August 13, 3113 B.C.

But what does that date signify? As far as I know, the only plausible
answer was provided by me: It was the date of Thoth/Quetzalcoatl's arrival,
with his followers in Mesoamerica!

The Unexpected Corroboration
All official publications continue, however, to remain at 1250 B.C. -- 1500
B.C. at most -- as the date of the start of the Olmec presence.

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