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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