El Negro, Monument F from the Olmec ruins of Tres Zapotes, Museo Tuxteco, Santiago Tuxtla, Veracruz, Mexico.
The famous volcanic rock sculpture “El Negro”, supposedly an ancient sacrificial monument, is reputed to channel powers and
attracts international channelers including actress Shirley McLaine.
I remember watching an old documentary on the Olmecs as a child. There was one Olmec in particular that stood out the most “El Negro”. What was striking is the afro-widows peek or maybe this is a strange helmet?
– Cabeza Olmeca de Veracruz (1938).
Santiago Tuxtla is a small city and municipality in the Los Tuxtlas region of southern Veracruz, Mexico.
The area was originally part of lands granted to Hernán Cortés by the Spanish Crown in 1531.
The city was founded in 1525, but it did not gain municipal status until 1932.
Today, the municipality is poor and agricultural, but is home to several unique traditions such as the Santiago Tuxtla Fair and the Acarreo de Niño Dios, when images of the Child Jesus are carried in procession several times during the Christmas season.
It is also home to the Museo Regional Tuxteco (Tuxtla Regional Museum) which houses much of the area’s Olmec artifacts, including a number of colossal heads and other monumental stone works.
This face above is from Yucatec, Belize.
Strange looking outfit on a Guatemalan statue carved into one of the boulder Olmecs.
The city’s main plaza hosts the largest Olmec colossal head in Mexico.
The Mesoamerican ballgame or (Ōllamaliztli in Nahuatl (Nahuatl pronunciation: /oːlːamaˈlistɬi/), pitz in Classical Maya) was a sport with ritual associations played since 1,400 B.C. by the pre-Columbian peoples of Ancient Mesoamerica.
Great Ballcourt at Chichen Itza
The rules of Ōllamaliztli are not known, but judging from its descendant, ulama, they were probably similar to racquetball, where the aim is to keep the ball in play. The stone ballcourt goals are a late addition to the game.
In the most common theory of the game, the players struck the ball with their hips, although some versions allowed the use of forearms, rackets, bats, or handstones. The ball was made of solid rubber and weighed as much as 4 kg (9 lbs), and sizes differed greatly over time or according to the version played.
The game had important ritual aspects, and major formal ballgames were held as ritual events, often featuring human sacrifice. The sport was also played casually for recreation by children and perhaps even women.
Pre-Columbian ballcourts have been found throughout Mesoamerica, as far south as Nicaragua, and possibly as far north as what is now the U.S. state of Arizona. These ballcourts vary considerably in size, but all have long narrow alleys with side-walls against which the balls could bounce.
Shocking Documentary: Unexplained & Strange Archeology: Mysterious Lost Civilization
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What if everything you’ve been taught about the origins of civilization is wrong? Be it that certain pieces of our history have been intentionally hidden, or that we have yet to discover and realize the true story of our past, new archaeological and geological discoveries are revealing that sophisticated civilizations have likely existed in prehistoric times.
Until recently, the archaeological community has spread the view that the beginnings of human civilization started after the last Ice Age, which ended around 9,600 BC. All human ancestors prior to this time were recognized as primitive, Archaeologists believed that first cities started around 3500 BC in Mesopotamia civilization and, shortly after, in Egypt.
This is the established chronology being taught in schools and believed by modern society.
Lost Cities author Childress takes us deep into Mexico and Central America in search of the mysterious Olmecs, North Americaâs early, advanced civilization. The Olmecs, now sometimes called Proto-Mayans, were not acknowledged to have existed as a civilization until an international archeological meeting in Mexico City in 1942. Now, the Olmecs are slowly being recognized as the Mother Culture of Mesoamerica, having invented writing, the ball game and the âMayanâ Calendar. But who were the Olmecs? Where did they come from? What happened to them? How sophisticated was their culture? How far back in time did it go? Why are many Olmec statues and figurines seemingly of foreign peoples such as Africans, Europeans and Chinese? Is there a link with Atlantis? In this heavily illustrated book, join Childress in search of the lost cities of the Olmecs! Chapters include: The Mystery of the Origin of the Olmecs; The Mystery of the Olmec Destruction; The Mystery of Quizuo; The Mystery of Transoceanic Trade; The Mystery of Cranial Deformation; The Mystery of Olmec Writing; more. Heavily illustrated, includes a color photo section.
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