Trans-Pacific contact, or Strange coincidence ?

By Carl de Borhegyi

The drawing of the Moai statue is from Heyerdahl, 1989 p.194. ………Thor Heyerdahl was motivated by an ancient legend that a Peruvian culture-hero named Con-Ticci Viracocha who filled the sea with fish. He then left Peru and sailed out into the Pacific with his followers. This legend convinced Heyerdahl that ancient Peruvians were the original settlers of Easter Island. He proved, by his historic Kon-Tiki voyage, that merchants could very realistically have made the voyage to Easter Island from South America. I would add that there is now both archaeological evidence and historic accounts that merchants traveled quite regularly between Western Mexico and the coast of Ecuador as early as 400 B.C. It takes no great stretch of the imagination to conclude that these intrepid seafarers could have reached Peru, and that the resulting cultural contacts could ultimately have extended as far as Easter Island by means of the Humboldt current.

Researcher Cliff Richey…..

Hi Carl,
As I google the web for information related to Native American compositions I often find myself landing on your
web page. I noted the above quotation and agree that you are the first person, that I have read about, to have
perceived the connection between the Easter Island ear design and the Native American ear design. The reason
for this, I think, is that some of the Moai have cosmological messages written on their backs. To me it is a small
wonder that the shape of the Moai were not made in the form of a mushroom. I say this because the stance of
the Moai is one of arising from the earth (in effect, a rebirth).
The Ears are a compound of several signs that were overlaid at the position of the Ear and alluding to the orifice
or hole of the ear. The upper swirl is the sign for, taken downward. The next sign was positioned below the Swirl
and is a Double-Lined (unseen) male-spirit sign that was based on the glans-penis. Because the male-spirit sign
is relatively Large this indicated, greatness. So the message is: The hole on the side (positional), takendownward,
unseen, the great male spirit.
The Moai with a Beard indicated that this was an elder and once deceased, an ancestoral-spirit. Also note that
on the poporo there is a Swirl (taken-downward) overlaid at the position of the Ear. So in just these artifacts we
have three different cultures from widely separate geographic areas using the same signs and compositional
The above written sign language system has also been found among European neolithic cultures. Because of its
ancient use as a means of communication and trade, the signs were used by widely disparate groups or
cultures. This accounts for Native American sign language being so widely spread throughout the Americas as
the system was brought with the various groups when they migrated to the Americas. Once in the Americas they
were relatively immune (isolated) from the changes in the communication system that they left behind. I think this
view sort of leap frogs the ongoing, archaeological, debates over diffusion.
Now, in regard to the problem off identifying the meaning of mushroom Imagery and Form. I think, as stated in
an earlier email, that the meaning on the sig language level is something akin to, the one that arises from the
earth. However there is another level to the sign system and that is the overall Imagery or Scene that was
depicted. The Scene sets the setting for the following use of the signs. For example in the poporo above the
overall scene is of a figure holding mushrooms in both hands. This may indicate that the figure was one who
used the mushroom and in that sense was a visionary or something similar.
Another problem is identifying various plants or shapes as mushrooms. For example, the Form on the heads of
some Moche figures appear more like Hibiscus than Mushrooms and may have indicated, the one who has
flowered or blossomed. This phrase was cosmological and was used to indicate that the spirit had germinated,
arisen, and matured to the point of accession. The meaning as to the use of a specific type of flower depicted is
not known. If know this would provide an additional detail in meaning. At the present time we are left with
identifying mushroom shapes and even specific mushroom types in order to gain insight into the overall meaning
of the mushroom in various scenes or settings.
Best of luck in your exploration of mushrooms and their context within the ancient cultures.


About deborhegyi
My research was inspired by a theory first proposed by my father, the late Maya archaeologist Dr. Stephan F. de Borhegyi, that hallucinogenic mushroom rituals were a central aspect of Maya religion. He based this theory on his identification of a mushroom stone cult that came into existence in the Guatemala Highlands and Pacific coastal area around 1000 B.C. along with a trophy head cult associated with human sacrifice and the Mesoamerican ballgame. My study, which is exclusively my own work, presents visual evidence that both the hallucinogenic Amanita muscaria mushroom and the Psilocybin mushroom were worshiped and venerated as gods in ancient Mesoamerica. These sacred mushrooms were so cleverly encoded in the religious art of the New World, "Hidden in Plain Sight" that prior to this study they virtually escaped detection. This online research study, "BREAKING THE MUSHROOM CODE" is an enormous document containing over 300 images, is presented in five parts at this time (the Home Page, Soma in the Americas, Part I and Part II, and 2012 Alert ). In the course of my study have found an abundance of archaeological evidence supporting the proposition that Mesoamerica, the high cultures of South America, and Easter Island shared, along with many other New World cultures, elements of a Pan American belief system so ancient that many of the ideas may have come from Asia to the New World with the first human settlers. I believe the key to this entire belief system lies, as proposed by R. Gordon Wasson, in early man's discovery of the mind-altering effects of various hallucinatory substances. The accidental ingestion of these hallucinogenic substances could very well have provided the spark that lifted the mind and imagination of these early humans above and beyond the mundane level of daily existence to contemplation of another reality. In summary, the encoded mushroom imagery occurred with such frequency and in such indisputably religious context that there can be no doubt as to their importance in the development and practice of indigenous religion.

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