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OMG! Totonac voladores in Tanum, Sweden . . . c. 1200 BC!

OMG!  Totonac voladores in Tanum, Sweden . . . c. 1200 BC!


This is a typical scene in the massive Tanum petroglyphs.

This one wins the cake!   I am currently enhancing photos of sections of the Tanum Bronze Age petroglyphs in Sweden to use in the next video about petroglyphs.  I noticed a strange-looking engraving and blew it up.   Its a petroglyph of voladores . . . except that this petroglyph was probably created around 1600 BC to 1200 BC and the location is on the edge of the North Sea in Sweden!   There are three explanations.  (1) This ceremony originated in Bronze Age Sweden and was introduced to the Totonac People by Swedish mariners, (2)  Some mariners sailed from Sweden to the Gulf Coast of Mexico and observed the ceremony then returned to Sweden to tell folks about it, . . . or (3) The Totonac National Champion Voladores Team went on a worldwide tour in 1200 BC to promote tourism to Mexico. You go figure. 


Life is indeed, a box of chocolates.





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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.



    Richard, look at the marks at the bottom of the Tanum pole. I swear this is Ogam. I have no idea of what the message would be, as Ogam is not tied to a single language. In the work on Tanum, has there been mention of writing among the petroglyphs?

    • There appears to be Ogam on the Tugaloo Stone. Keep in mind that the people living in Sweden during the Bronze Age were not the people,who live there now. Although Swedish geneticists think perhaps some of the indigenous peoples intermarried with the Germanic newcomers.


    Richard, Your articles are amazing!!! Don’t forget the statement made by William Bartram about the wood pillar found in Northern Alabama. Tuskabatchee? That one could have been used for the same “flying birdmen” culture.


    Richard, correction on that Creek town name it was called “Attasse”:

    “IN the midst of a large oblong square adjoining this town (which was surrounded with a low bank or terrace) is standing a high pillar, round like a pin or needle, it is about forty feet in height, and between two and three feet in diameter at the earth, gradually tapering upwards to a point; it is one piece of Pine wood, and arises from the centre of a low circular, artificial hill, but it leans a little to one side. I enquired of the Indians and traders what it was designed for, who answered they knew not: the Indians said that their ancestors found it in the same situation, when they first arrived and possessed the country, adding, that the red men or Indians, then the possessors, whom they vanquished, were as ignorant as themselves concerning it, saying that their ancestors likewise sound it standing so.”….William Bartram.

    • Atasee means “Descendants of people down river.” Most of Georgia was originally occupied by Itsate-speaking Creeks. In the mid-1700s, Muskogee-speaking Creeks greatly expanded their territory into regions that had been formerly occupied by other member tribes of the Creek Confederacy.


    I saw a site for this near Playa de Carmen at Xcaret. Paradise! Many structures and underground river and port. I’d have to be starving or some otherhow highly motivated to leave that beautiful spot to go anywhere else.


    Hey Richard T., That’s an amazing find and observation. Most people probably would have overlooked it or give a very (unknowingly) different explanation. Now what I’m wondering is if the glyph next to the humanoid glyphs is actually a canoe. If so, It looks very similar to a traditional canoe type that used to be still in regular use about a hundred years ago in the Bismarck Archipelago (Papua New Guinea) on Wuvulu island also known as Aru or Maty islands.

    Here are some links for comparison:

    Link ‘Belang / Perahu’ canoe model from the Moluccas also known as Spice Islands (Wallacea – islands directly west of Papua):

    • Mark, that style canoe is also seen in New Zealand. I think these are the Togha-Re . . . the so-called Red Haired People . . . who went all over the Earth.


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