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Footnote: A Mediterranean word in Nahuatl (Aztec)

Footnote:  A Mediterranean word in Nahuatl (Aztec)


While I have found several Bronze Age Northwestern European words in the Creek and Uchee languages,  there is at least one word in Totonac and Nahuatl, which clearly has Mediterranean roots.  It is the root word for a god . . . teo.    Ethnic groups around the Gulf of Mexico Basin would pronounce that word,  Teo, Deo or Theo.   Deo is one form of the word for a god in Latin.  The Mainland Greek word is Theos (θεός), while on Crete and Cyprus, the word is Theo.  However, the petroglyphic boulders recently found in the Sierra de Cobre (Copper Mountains) northeast of Tepotzlan, Mexico are identical to those in northern Georgia, western Ireland, northern Scotland and southern Scandinavia – not the eastern Mediterranean Basin.  I have no explanation other than there is clearly much about the past of mankind that we still do not know.


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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    Richard, Thanks again for the articles. These Native American / Eastern Mediterranean sounds connections like “Sa” ( Wilusa) (Sardinia) (Sais) / (Calusa) (Issa) (Kusa) (Teo, Deo or Theo) seem to be clear evidence of trade contact as far as Mexico. Plus.. the same type of Mega stonework without mortar seems to go back to the Jade (Green stone) /Copper/stone age time period. The fact that Mexico has ancient lore very much like the Greek “Titans” seems to be another connection. Some of the Sea fairing people from here most likely made their way across the Atlantic and created trade colony’s or vice versa.


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