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Of course, Olmec isn't the name that we called ourselves but that given by later European explorers.  We were often regarded as the Mother Culture of later Middle American civilizations Many early scholars have been reluctant to believe that a society as sophisticated as ours could have developed in the tropical habitat of the Gulf coast, and some (rightfully) hypothesized that the so called ''Olmec" originally migrated from elsewhere. Some researchers say they descended from Asia - others say they were from Africa.  And there are both correct because we travel from the Asia Minor to Africa and then to the Americas around 1300 B.C.

 The Olmec domain of the East Mexico lowlands, extended from the Tuxtlas Mountains in the west to the lowlands of the Chontalpa in the east, a region with significant variations in geology and ecology.  The centers are spaced from east to west across the domain so that each center could exploit, control, and provide a distinct set of natural resources valuable to the overall economy. La Venta, the eastern center, is near the rich estuaries of the coast, and also could have provided cacao, rubber, and salt. San Lorenzo, at the center of the domain, controlled the vast flood plain area of Coatzacoalcos basin and river line trade routes. Laguna de los Cerros, adjacent to the Tuxtlas Mountains, is positioned near important sources of basalt, a stone needed to manufacture manos, metates, and monuments

One researcher said, "Megalithic heads were discovered from Pre-hispanic Mexico, all with African facial features." Another said, "Free Africans reached the shores of the American continent as traders and settlers long before Europeans arrived. In 1975, 2 Negroid skeletons were found in the U.S. Virgin Islands. One wore a pre-Columbian Indian wrist band. They were found in layers dated to about A.D. 1250. In 1974, Polish craniologists revealed that no fewer than 13.5% of the skeletons from the pre-Columbian Olmec cemetery of Tlatilco were Negroid."

Yet, there were another people before our arrival to the Americas which were a culture of ancient peoples (those refer to as descending from the Jaredites) that also left from present day Middle East area around the time of the tower of Babel and made it to the Americas.  In 1957 the first radiocarbon dates from La Venta, 800-400 B.C. Nevertheless, recent excavations by INAH archaeologist Rebecca Gonzalez at La Venta, and at San Lorenzo by archaeologist Ann Cyphers Guillen of UNAM, have provided radiocarbon dates that La Venta and San Lorenzo were inhabited as early as 1700 B.C., by peoples who were the direct ancestors to the Gulf coast.

 

These people shouldn't be confused with those that are the descendant of Ephraim.  Our forefathers arrived in the Americas around the time the fall of Israel around 590BC but left from the land of Israel in about 600BC.  However, it has been well documented that we and other tribes of the children of Israel traveled back and forth from Israel to the Americas as far back as 1000 or 900BC.  Researchers have also referred to our people as the Phoenicians, (which were known to have had a vast Empire from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Americas).   Our writing is Unique. The Signs are similar to the writing used by the Vai people of West Africa. The Olmecs spoke an aspect of the Manding (Malinke-Bambara) language spoken in West Africa.

Scholars will even let you know that our people, or so called Olmec, introduced writing to the New World.  Statements from one researcher describe the structure of our language.  "The Olmec script is a logosyllabic script, but had both a syllabic and hieroglyphic script. The hieroglyphic signs were simply syllabic signs used to make pictures. There are two forms of Olmec hieroglyphic writing: the pure hieroglyphics (or picture signs); and the phonetic hieroglyphics, which are a combination of syllabic and logographic signs." "Scholars have long recognized that the Olmecs engraved many symbols or signs on pottery, statuettes, batons/scepters, stelas and bas relief's that have been recognized as a possible form of writing."

 

The two forms of writing styles possessed by the Olmec at the division of the Nephites and Lamanites were divided with the Aztec taking the syllabic script with phonetic hieroglyphics, which are a combination of syllabic and logographic signs and the Mayan hieroglyphic. The hieroglyphic signs were simply syllabic signs used to make pictures. The form of Olmec hieroglyphic writing: the pure hieroglyphics (or picture signs); remained with the Mayans.

Both the Olmec and epi-Olmec had hieroglyphic writing systems. Olmec is a syllabic writing system used in the Olmec heartland from 900 BC- AD 450. The epi-Olmec (our family) - from 31B.C. - the peoples who subsequently inhabited the same lands and were probably descended at least in part from the Olmec, seem to have been the earliest users of the bar and dot system of recording time.

 An artifact from House of Yahweh at Tel Arad, Israel Inscription 46.

 

The low relief on this stone shows the detail from a four-digit numerical recording, read as 15.6.16.18. The vigesimal (or base-20) counting system has been used across Mesoamerica. A value of 5 is represented by a bar, and a value of 1 is represented by a dot, such that the three bars and single dot here stand for 16. The Maya would later adopt this counting system for their Long Count calendar. The date in this relief is the oldest recorded date in Mesoamerica, corresponding to a day in the year 31 B.C.   Still, artifacts found at the house of Yahweh site in Israel show that the Israelites used a form of this kind of math in measurements of amounts for offerings brought to the site representing the equivalence of grams and milliliters for dots and kilograms and liters for lines.

One meeting held by the Mexican Society of Anthropology (Sociedad Mexicana de Antropologia) at Tuxtla Gutierrez in 1942, in which Drucker (an archaeologist) believed that La Venta (an Olmec site) was contemporaneous with Classic period Maya civilization.  A passage from the Catholic Encyclopedia The Mayans are regarded as the inventors of many aspects of Meso-American cultures including the first calendar and hieroglyphic writing in the Western hemisphere. Archeologists have not settled the relationship between the Olmecs and the Mayans, and to them it is a mystery whether the Mayans were their descendants, trading partners, or had another relationship. It is agreed that the Mayans developed a complex calendar and the most elaborate form of hieroglyphics in America, both based on the Olmec's versions. 

But how did our hieroglyphics and writing system develop. We believe, in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (St. John1:1). Language originated with God and all men spoke one language until the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:7). At this time one language was divided into sixty-nine languages composed of three branches with each branch consisting of twenty-three languages each with the original language being the seventieth (Book of Jasher, chap. 48). The words (horn) and (wine) are thought to have come down from that unknown language. Looking at the Japhite (European) and Semite families of language, some scholars think that in very ancient times these languages were originally one. However, a long separation between the people who spoke these languages resulted in many changes that practically erased what ever common features they shared. There were three stages in the development of writing. The first being the pictorial stage which utilized pictures in order to indicate what the writer wished to say. In the second stage the picture no longer indicates just the object itself, but also the presence of sound in whatever word it may occur. This was a real advance inasmuch as it now became possible to express ideas in writing. That was impossible in the pictorial stage because in order to write one would have to learn thousand of picture symbols much as the Chinese writing is today. Examples of these first two stages are depicted in the Egyptian hieroglyphics.  It was in this second stage of writing development that we believe that the Hebrew/Phoenician people were enslaved in Egypt for 400 hundred years. Moses, who was given an Egyptian name by Pharaoh's daughter, led the people out of Egypt to the mountain of God, to receive his commands in the writing of God, written with the finger of God. He instructed them in a writing that they knew and in a way that could make them understand his commandments as if he was there and which was clearer than any writing had ever been before that time. The books of the Seventy Elders (Num.ch11:24-27) commonly known as The five book of Moses ( The life of Adam and Eve, The Jubilees, This Report, Sacred Genealogy and The Prophets ) written in this way alone was their wisdom and glory in the eyes of all the nations that heard of it. As the Hebrew/Phoenician people went out and traded, the people around them saw this ingenious way of writing and reading. Real writing with clear and ready expression of thought then ever possible before the giving of the Law and the alphabet. It was written not in an infinite number of pictures but with just twenty-two picture symbols. It was unquestionably one of the greatest revelations given to man. There were only a limited number of actual sounds, altogether amounting to some forty-four, that were used. One symbol represented two sounds, an ending and a beginning sound. By simply varying the combinations of these sounds and symbols, writing became a comparatively simple task of learning to make twenty-two symbols. It was called the Phonetic alphabet because of that the nations called the Hebrew people the Phoenicians, after there language.  The central theme of all word building in the Hebrew/Phoenician language is that all the words go back to a root and that a word can be composed of no more than four letters. There are one letter, two letters, three letters and four letter words. However a name can be very long because it is composed of many words, for example, Abraham means father is them.  But the most a root word can have is three letters. The Hebrew/Phoenician alphabet is the father of all of the alphabets now being used in the world today. The English alphabet that we use is directly descended from the Hebrew/Phoenician alphabet, now how did this happen? The first European nation that the Phoenicians met as they traveled westward were the Greeks (Javan). The Greeks like all the other nations were astonished at the Phoenician/Hebrew method of keeping written records. The Phoenicians explained the writing system to the Greeks and they in turn taught it to the Romans. From these two languages were formed the English alphabet. The English alphabet is based on the same principal as the Hebrew/Phoenician. This is evident by the fact that if you reverse some of the Hebrew/Phoenician letters they are almost identical to our present day English letters.  The language which is called Hebrew today is actually Babylonian or Aramaic as the Nash Papyrus, mercantile document and the Elephantine Aramaic Papyri prove. This language was adopted by the Hebrew people when they were taken to Babylonian as captives. Hebrew/Phoenician ceased being a spoken language by all and became a language of prayer, study, and/or reading, the Torah, until later when the Torah itself was translated into Babylonian in 440 B.C.E. by Ezra the scribe. It was translated in order that people could read it and keep the Law. It became what is known as the modern square Hebrew writing. This Babylonian script became the writing of the people. The words were Hebrew/Phoenician but the letters were square Babylonian/Aramaic writing. When in 600 BCE the Babylonian attacked the homeland of the Phoenician/Hebrew people and scattered them throughout the world. But the Hebrew/Phoenician language remained alive among a few Olmec or the so-called Black Indian tribes in America of the house of Lehi from the tribe of Ephraim son of Aseneth and Joseph son of Israel).

 

The researchers also made statements concerning our language in comparison to a group in Africa known to been connected to the Phoenicians,  "Rafinesque (1832) published an important paper on the Mayan writing that helped in the decipherment of the Olmec Writing. In this paper he discussed the fact that when the Mayan glyphs were broken down into their constituent parts, they were analogous to the ancient Libyco-Berber writing" .

"The Libyco-Berber writing can not be read in either Berber or Taurag, even though these people use an alphabetic script similar to the Libyco-Berber script which is syllabic CV and CVC in structure. "

"This was an important article because it offered the possibility that the Mayan signs could be read by comparing them to the Libyco-Berber symbols (Rafinesque, 1832). This was not a farfetched idea, because we know for a fact that the cuneiform writing was used to write four different languages: Sumerian, Hittite, Assyrian and Akkadian." (All of which are in the area of lands of the children of Israel)

It is has been well recorded that the Berber have descendant from that of the children of Israel.   'The Lost Tribes A Myth- Suggestions Towards Rewriting Hebrew History'written in the early 1974 by Allen H. Godbey states, "Berber Judaism could be colonized in distant parts of Negro Africa," "These Yoruba Jews claim that their ancestors were driven from oasis to oasis by Moslem persecution"; "Remnants of a far-traveled African Judaism are found in northern Nigeria, among the Hausas and Nupes, on the east side of the lower Niger…" "… At present they number about two thousand people in twenty little villages, and call themselves by the Hebrew name 'B'nai Ephraim'."  Samuel Johnson proves their claim in his research on the Yoruba in the book 'African Civilization Revisited', in which he is quoted to say that "The Yoruba's came originally from the East there cannot be the slightest doubt, as their habits, manners and customs, etc., all go to prove." "With them the East is Mecca and Mecca is the East."  

 

Awareness Quest webpage also shows an Amber-glass obelisk-shaped pin, inscribed with Egyptian characters found in a field in 1983 by John Whitehouse.  The site includes information on wreckage at Wollongong of an ancient wooden ship similar to 2 found in swampland near Perth, and believed to be Egyptian.  All of which are location within the Americas.

Although archaeology has answered many questions about the Olmec, many more still remain. Research has concentrated primarily on the centers of San Lorenzo and La Venta, and very little is known about Laguna de los Cerros, or smaller Olmec centers, or Olmec life in small farming hamlets. They also have very little archaeological information about the 500-300 B.C. time period in southern Vera Cruz and Tabasco and, therefore, they have no idea how the Olmec culture ended.  It was in between this transition that most refer to as the epi-Olmec and the classic Mayan period, which when the division of the brothers of the Nephites (epi-Olmecs) and the Lamanites (Mayans) took place.

Our people traveled from the original home land of Israel and knew the history of our heritage.  In the same article this researcher states "It is clear from a Stela from Izapa that the Olmec recognized the Tree of Life. It confirms the tradition recorded by Friar Diego de Landa that the Olmec people made twelve migrations to the New World. This stela also confirms the tradition recorded by the famous Mayan historian Ixtlixochitl that the Olmec came to Mexico in "ships of barks" and landed at Pontochan, which they commenced to populate (Winters 1984: 16). These Blacks are frequently depicted in the Mayan books/writings carrying trade goods." "The tree depicts seven branches and twelve roots. The seven branches probably represent the seven major clans of the Olmec people. The twelve roots of the tree extending into the water from the boat probably signifies the "twelve roads through the sea", mentioned by Friar Diego Landa."  However, these twelve roots where the tribes of Israel and the seven branches are the clans and territory regions of the land of Substitute.

 

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