THE CIVILIZATIONS OF ANAHUAC
Our beginnings as a civilized people began before Rome or Athens were even started, or before any part of Europe was even civilized! Our civilization is over 4,300 years old.
Anahuac was one of only three civilizations in the world that had their own independent origins and development. Anahuac was the civilization of corn. Sumeria was the Middle Eastern civilization of wheat. China was the civilization of rice. There were no other completely original civilizations in human history. All other civilizations of the world are branches of these root civilizations.
We originated our own civilization on our land without the aid or influence of Europe, Asia, Africa, or any other part of the world. Our Anahuac civilization created and developed magnificence in art and architecture out of our own genius.
We have so much to be proud of as the Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) Mexica people of Anahuac, but we remain ignorant of this glory, or we devalue it by our mental enslavement to the Eurocentric thinking that has been forced on us.
Our first Anahuac civilization began around 2300 B.C. in what today are called the Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco. This mother-father civilization of Anahuac is called the Olmec.
The importance and antiquity of our Olmec civilization has undergone drastic changes in the last 70 years. For a long time the Maya were considered our oldest civilization (read MEXICO-Coe and MEXICO'S INDIGENOUS PAST-Lopez Austin & Lopez Lujan). From the point Carbon-14 dating was accepted and started being used in 1959, the dates of Olmec origins have been changing. In the last 40 years they have gone from 400 A.D. to 500 B.C., then from 500 B.C. to 1200 B.C., then again from 1200 B.C. to 1500 B.C., then to 1800 B.C., and now 2300 B.C. (Arqueologia Mexicana, October 2002, pushed it to 2500 B.C.).
You will find different dates as you go from history book to archeological book, depending on the year it was printed, the racist interpretation factor, and how well it was researched. Each new well-researched book that comes out pushes the dates of Olmec origins deeper and deeper back into history. The saddest part of the best of these non-Eurocentric books is that they are being written by Europeans or European colonialists. The worst (most racist) books are being written by our own people (in an attempt to please Europeans).
Our origins will be pushed back in time more and more as archeological work progresses. We will learn more about ourselves in the research of the next ten to fifty years than we have known in the last 500 years.
For a long time, our civilizations were looked on as some "tribal" curiosity by Europeans, as if we were nothing of importance, but they couldn't just keep ignoring pyramids larger than those in Egypt and art which was grand and beautiful---by anyone's standards. When the racist Europeans unjustifiably tried to look at us as primitive and uncivilized, it was done so to justify the monstrous acts that their ancestors had committed against us. These crimes against us were crimes which they themselves had documented in their invasion journals. For a long time it was convenient for Europeans to look at us as inferiors, as an irrelevant people. If they kept thinking of us in that way, they wouldn't need to deal with the monstrous crimes that they had committed.
For over 500 years racist interpretations of our Nican Tlaca and Anahuac history and civilizations have held back the importance and the antiquity of our heritage. But slowly things began to change in the last 100 years, and they are still changing.
You need to know that all of our Anahuac civilizations and cultures came out of our Olmec origins which probably began way before 3000 B.C., but for now our civilization has been proven to go back to at least 2300 B.C. in most of the new books.
Our Olmec civilization was based on our development of a scientific approach to the agriculture which brought us corn. Corn was brought upon by human intervention. There were steps to the development of the science of agriculture. Each step of development brought us closer and closer to building a civilization. It was a long process (starting 8,000 to 9,000 ago).
We began by developing a way to efficiently and dependably feed our people.
In order to be more efficient in growing corn, our ancestors needed to know the best time to plant it and the best time to harvest it. In order to do this we had to develop the concept of time. To do this properly we had to keep records based on our scientific observations of the cycles of the seasons, movements of the sky of the night and of the day, and the nature of the universe. Our written records helped in the development of experiments that improved the quality and size of our corn, while at the same time developing a calendar that would tell us the best time for planting and harvesting all of the agriculture that we were developing.
Our Olmec ancestors developed solutions to many of our problems with the development of the calendar method of tracking time. This scientific research brought about many philosophical questions and answers that brought about our active participation in understanding the cosmology-theology of the Creation that was and is all around us.
The development of the calendar was not magic or belief, it was the scientific development of an instrument with which we could measure time. Our scientific observations gave us astronomically accurate records by which we could refine our calendar. This whole scientific research required astronomers, mathematicians, an education system, and a writing system with which to write down all of the data. This research was gathered over a period of several generations. The information was then charted, evaluated, and tested, to determine the length of the cycle of a year, the cycles of the moon, and all of the other necessary information that gave us a calendar with which to properly measure time. Our obsession with time was initially to make sure that we knew the right time to plant and harvest, but it gave us something much more valuable: knowledge; an education system; and most importantly, it gave us civilization.
The whole development process to secure food sources for our people gave us a calendar. But before we had the calendar we had to develop the new instruments of astronomy, mathematics, and a writing system. Architecture became a by-product of this investment in agriculture and time keeping. Architecture developed out of our need to have fixed observation points: observatories. The architecture of all of our cities eventually became huge instruments for observing the universe.
Our ancestors' concepts of architecture and the city were tied to astronomy, which to us was inseparably tied to theology. Our theology was not a belief system. It was the result of scientific observation and philosophical dialogues through metaphors and art. Our observation buildings became both observatories to view the sky and temples to contemplate (to metaphorically embrace) Our Creator. From those platforms we became obsessive lovers of knowledge and devoted lovers of Our Creator.
Architecture also served the purpose of devising artificial caves for storage of all excess food that came from the success of agriculture. All of the other accomplishments that followed over the centuries and millenniums were just side benefits to our studying of the universe and Our Creator.
Our Olmec ancestors immediately set out to share these great observations and accomplishments with the rest of our world. The Olmecs traveled far by land, rivers, and along coastlines to spread their liberating "idea of civilization". They went far north, south, west, east and along the coastlines of what are today called the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico and "Central America."
From their 2300 B.C. origins, our Olmec ancestors had rapidly expanded and established their first seeding of the "idea" amongst our people in the Valley of Mexico around 1200 B.C. Out of that seeding came the civilizations of: Tlatilco (1200 B.C.); Cuicuilco (600 B.C.); Teotihuacan (300 B.C.); Toltec (700 A.D.); and finally the Mexica (1300 A.D.).
Slightly after this move into the valley of Mexico, at about 1,000 B.C. the Olmec "idea" had reached the Oaxaca area and had seeded their second area that developed into what became the Zapotec civilization.
By about 1,000 B.C., the Olmec civilization had also reached our people in its third area along the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi river and up the Ohio river into what today is called "The Midwestern United States". This seeding created what became the corn cultures of Poverty Point in Louisiana (1,000 B.C.), the Adena (500 B.C.), Hopewell (200 B.C.), and the large towns of Cahokia (near East St. Louis) and the Mississippian Moundbuilders (both areas at about 700 A.D.). In the so-called Southeastern United States our Nican Tlaca brothers and sisters of the "Southeastern Moundbuilders" also benefitted from the Olmec "idea". The Anahuac cultures of the Alabama (so-called Creek) area survived well into the 19th century when they were destroyed by invading "U.S." racist military forces under Andrew Jackson who literally butchered our valiant warriors in this area.
By about 600 B.C. the Olmec had penetrated the area of the far south into what is now called Yucatan, Guatemala, and Chiapas. Here, in this fourth seeding, was created the greatest and most beautiful of our civilizations: The Maya.
These four areas of seeding were changed forever in a positive and constructive way with the Olmec "idea".
The Olmec spark of genius brought about all of the other accomplishments that followed in all of Anahuac.
Anahuac's roots in Olmec civilization gave us our theology, our agriculture, commerce, ballcourts, pyramids-temples, as well as our rituals, calendar, astronomy, and other scientific and cultural knowledge.
The other civilizations that were the offspring of the Olmec civilization include the Izapa, Purepecha, Otomi, Huaxtec, Tajin, Mixtec, and Pipil civilizations. There were also agricultural large towns that benefitted from Olmec origins, which included: the Anasazi, Mogollon, Hohokam, Zuni, Pueblo, and Hopi---and the hundreds of tribal cultures throughout our Anahuac cultural lands.
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