Richard Thornton | Aug 9, 2017 | 5
Teotihuacan had same origin myth as Muskogeans
The origin myths of the Alabamas, Choctaws, Chickasaws and Creeks begin with fully formed humans walking out of a “sacred cave in the west ” into the sunlight. It will come as a surprise to many North Americans that the founders of Teotihuacan had exactly the same origin myth. A thousand years later, the Aztecs called this legendary cave, Chicomoztoc.
There is another shared cultural tradition. The people of Teotihuacan, the Apalache of North Georgia and the ancestors of the Creek Indians worshiped an invisible, FEMALE sun goddess.
Archaeologists in Mexico’s INAH have recently discovered the entrance to a shaft that leads down to a natural cave, directly under the center of the Pyramid of the Sun. Artifacts found with a temple constructed in the cave indicated that this was the actual cave that was the equivalent of the Judeo-Christian Garden of Eden. Of course, the Mexican archaeologists seem to be equally unaware that the Muskogean tribes of the Southeast had the same origin legend. It is powerful evidence that the Muskogeans originated in Eastern Mexico . . . or perhaps a cave in western Mexico! <wink>
This one of the many fascinating bits of cultural trivia that you will learn in the next edition of The Mayas Then and Now. Article Six is a time line that compares events in southern Mexico to those in the Southeastern United States. The chronology of Chichen Itza is almost identical to that of the ancestors of the Creeks in Georgia.
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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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