|Reed boats in Peru|
Ah-h my fine friends….yesterday was a day of sorrow and great joy and pride as my son and daughter-in-law boarded a plane and headed for New Zealand. What a wonderful journey this will be for them in many different ways. We will be able to keep in touch with skype and facetime, so it won’t be like the old days when a letter had to be carried by ship over the ocean taking months if not years to reach its destination.
That however, is what the ancients faced wen loved ones traveled. No one really knew when they would see or hear of each other again. It couldn’t have been that long, you might think, because they didn’t travel far. Well...you might be surprised!
Did our ancestors travel worldwide in the immediate years following the breakup on the single language at the Tower of Babel? Let’s look for the answers…
|Depiction of reed boat, Azerbgaijan|
What evidence is there to support the notion of early worldwide travel? Actually there is quite a bit; advanced technology in boats construction, ancient world wide maps, world wide petroglyph documentation of reed boats; ancient Native American recordings of land bridges; anomalies such as evidence that early Egyptians, Japanese, and Romans visited the Americas, out of place products and objects such as potatoes, shells, and coins; mysterious sites found in different places around the world such as giant stone carvings of humans with ethnic features, and an ancient carved stone solar system. And of course there are the worldwide ancient pyramids, ziggurats, mounds and effigies all showing a common knowledge in the similarities of construction.
|Making reed boats, Peru|
To construct a vessel that would be sturdy enough to cross the vast oceans would mean ancient man had the ingenuity of advanced knowledge. This actually would not have been a problem at all since four men survived the Great Noachian Flood that had built the greatest barge of all times. Noah, Shem, Japheth, and Ham all worked on the ark which carried their families and all the animal kinds through the global flood into the new world, for a hundred years. It is evident that they passed this knowledge down to their children and grandchildren who then passed it on to their descendants.
|Depiction of Scandinavian reed boat|
Examples of world wide boat use are depiction in petroglyphs of reeds boats found in Azerbaijan (a country east of Iraq) that are very close to the cave drawings in Scandinavian as well as many hieroglyphics of papyrus reed boats found in Egypt and almost exactly like boats still in use today by the natives of Peru on lake Titicaca. It is reasonable that the knowledge of this type of boat construction came from a single source. It is also reasonable to think such boats could cross the ocean. As a matter of fact explorer Thor Heyerdahl set out to prove that ocean travel by reed boats was indeed possible. Heyerdahl had proposed that ancient people spread around the world from a single source but when the scientific community doubted him he built a reed boat. In 1947 he successfully journeyed from Peru to polynesia in 101 days crossing 4,300 miles of open ocean.
There is also evidence that a few hundred years after the splitting of the language at the Tower of Babel, the Phoenicians had large,
Not only is there evidence of boat construction in itself, but there is evidence of sea travel by the very presence off far reaching civilizations. Now that we know the ancient people had the incredible knowledge to build sea-worthy vessels, how did they navigate to other continents and islands? Ah-h-h….we shall look into that next time!
|The boat Thor Heyerdahl crossed the ocean in|
Until then, God bless and take care!
This week in the night skies; “Friday, November 8, using binoculars shortly after dark, look a little to the upper left of the nearly first-quarter Moon (as seen from North America). There will be Alpha and Beta Capricorni, two wide binocular double stars. Alpha is easy to resolve and can even be split with the naked eye if you have sharp vision. Beta, with its closer, fainter secondary star (just west of the primary) is tougher in binoculars.”1 For the southern sky; “On the 7th the crescent Moon is not far from Venus, and there is a bright pass of the the In
ternational Space Station close to Venus.”
|1947 picture of Thor Heyerdahl|
I hope some of you were able to see the solar eclipse on Nov. 2nd. I apologize for not posting it….it came upon me too quickly!!
Landis, Don, The Genius Of Ancient Man, Evolution’s Nightmare, Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2nd edition 2013, p 57-61.