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Re: [aymara] Prophetic Aymaras travel of Lehi to America and their language.

Hi Don!  This is Laura Jones responding.  I mentioned the Hancock book - one thing I found  very interesting about it is that the ancient peoples were very focussed on the heavens, we are taught these days that astrology is superstitious, but they lived by it, I guess everyone knows that the Sphinx and Egyptian pyramids are a certain orientation in line with heavenly constellations.  This is also true of the Latin American structures and Nascar figures, and in fact all around the world, now that we have computers to do these very complicated calculations the ancient peoples did on their own some scholars have worked to discern the relevance of these things.  I really didn't need the details when I read the book, but for instance the holy sites on Easter Island, the Egyptian pyramids and Angor Wat in Cambodia, and I think some other place now under water, these are all calculated a certain number of degrees around the earth, certain numbers with special significance are used, it's tremendously interesting, although I have misgivings about Hancock who opines that the ancient peoples were looking for Gnosticism - or trying to pass it on to us, I forget exactly.  This doesn't cut it for me, they worshipped God, not some philosophy, and not one of the best.  However, on the west coast of South America there is a huge figure carved in the limestone palisade that we call the "candelabra" although it is not that but a representation of a heavenly constellation which would have appeared in the heavens right over the carved figure at a certain significant date in the people's tradition.  And it can't be seen from just any angle, but only from a certain approach by sea.  AmazonDotCom says the book is on its way, so when it gets here I will copy out what might be relevant and send it to you and you can see if it fits with your information.  Maybe, Aymaras, someone in your area has taken an interest in these Andean buildings and figures, etc.  They really are quite remarkable, and I think very important because these ancient peoples have something to say to us today, especially because we have become so secularized.  Here is a note from the Jerusalem Bible that might be related, it goes with a mention of these ancient people who are mentioned in a number of places in the Bible as being giants or godlike, Dt. 2:10.  I'll let you look it up in your own Bibles rather than copy it out.  Here is the Jerusalem Bible note: "The Anakim, like the Emim, Rephaim, Zamzumin and Zusim, were the remnants of the prehistoric inhabitants of Palestine and Transjordania, cf. vv 20f and Gen 14:5.  They were associated with the legendary Nephilim, Nb 13:33 and Gn 6:4, and were supposed to have built the megalithic monuments, cf. Dt 3:11."  Maybe if some of those people came to America, they might have spoken another language than Hebrew, I mean the names, although given the Hebrew plural endings, do not sound essentially Hebrew to me.  Especially Zamzumin and Zusim, I note that Aymara does have a very distinctive sound to it, I mean like Titicaca, anyone would know that's not from a European language, for instance.  So what about these names, do they fit with anything else?  I mean if they came and landed and built the remarkable  buildings, etc, maybe they would want to carve that "candelabra" at the place where the constellation was on a certain date to commemorate when they made landfall.
Can anyone make any response about those stone walls with those huge perfectly chiseled and fit stones? And no one knows how they got them so high when (so we are told) they did not have wheels?  The buildings are important because they were used for religious purposes.  Maybe Aymara are a little embarrassed about that because they practiced human sacrifice, but for them it was not murder, I mean in Homer's Iliad we have a human sacrifice, Abraham apparently did not think it was inherently inadmissible, it was for them a way of returning to God his most precious gifts.  If we don't want to do it that way today, no problem, but we should recognize that for those people it was an act of reverence and gratitude, and no doubt they thought the people sacrificed would be very grateful to go to God - actually, since they were selected for their perfection, the perception probably was that they would not have to go through all the tests, etc., "crossing the River Styx" as the Greeks called it, I don't know the name of the river the Egyptians depict in the scenes from their Book of the Dead, but probably when they chose someone to be sacrificed this was a very great honor and God would readily receive this person.  This seems to be the case with that mummy found in the Andes, I forget the name, but she was especially beautiful and perfect.  Also those Nascar figures - they seem to have used the hot air balloons the archaeologists finally noticed depicted on their pottery to view them, undoubtedly this was some kind of religious ritual - not like the way we used hot air balloons to cross the English Channel or some such!  By the way, one possibility about the stones could have to do with the height of the Andes.  The Himalayas go down into the ground several times as deep as the are high above it which results in this mass deflecting a vertical compass from the true.  The Tibetans are able to make use of their remarkable environment - well, this Swedish visitor, or maybe Danish I forget, became very good friends with the monks and so they invited him one day to see how they moved a gigantic bolder that it took 6 yak to haul into place, up to a building they were building at the top of a vertical mountainside.  When the yak got it on the platform of whatever the monks assembled with their instruments and all and when they sang and played their instruments, the huge bolder rose into place.  I don't think there is any reason to doubt this, because of the fact that the tremendous mass of the Himalayas can obstruct gravity.  The Andes are the next tallest mountains in the world so no doubt this is true of them also.  All these things bespeak a superior cultural development, whether they were achievements of people already here, or "newcomers" from the land of Jerusalem!
I found Don's latest on critics of the book of Mormon very interesting. I mean, Edgar Cayce saw things that happened at other times and places, I don't see why Joseph Smith couldn't.  God is certainly at liberty to raise up prophets when and where he wants to, when he has something to say to the people.  And I don't think he is going to be exactly all that happy with them if they refuse to listen.
----- Original Message -----
From: don asay
Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2001 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: [aymara] Prophetic Aymaras travel of Lehi to America and their language.

> > Anyway the families sailed and landed  on the west
> > coast of South America
> How can be that area so accurately located? I
> don't think the Book of Mormon says "they
> landed on the west coast of South America".
> What is the method Mormons used to reach to
> such conclusion from the text?
> > I believe in the area of Northern Chile  ( will have
> > to look that up to be sure)
> Please, look it up.
"Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith" 
deseret book, Salt Lake City UT  1977 ISBN 0-87747-067-7  Page 269 
Lehi's Travels-Revelation to Joseph the Seer
" The course that Lehi and his company traveled from Jerusalem to the place of their destination:  They traveled nearly a south, southwest direction until they came to the nineteenth degree of north latitude; then, nearly east to the Sea of Arabia, then sailed in a southeast direction, and landed on the continent of South America, in Chile, thirty degrees south latitude  ( Richards and Little, op.cit., p272)"
(answers my personal question of how he knew,  was by revelation not by reading it on some other gold plate yet un translated as I had mused earlier.)
a personal note.  this ONLY holds water assuming one believes Joseph was a prophet,  of course there is no "scientific" or tangible fact of this I am aware of at this date.  I don know there is lots of conjecture and circumstantial evidence to the concept however is several books.
However,  in my photo copy of my book Copacabana de los Incas   
Plaza hermanos, Editores  Papeleria y Liberia . Calle, Ayacucho, 12 y 14
page 12 under the heading "Idea del Libro"
states " 1st. Las naciones y gentes sudamericnas, desciened de los Afros venidos antes de Jesucristo nuestro Salvador, desde el Egipto, de heliopolis y de Ramses"\
2nd. En vida de los Aposloles de Christo de ha predicado su Santo Evangelio en todos y en cada uno de los pueblos de toda esta America;
3rd.  Han existido entre las Provincias alto-Peruanas, pueblos y ciudades con sus monumentos clasicos, hasta el ano 666 en que tuvo lugar la erupcion simultanea de varios volcanes, en sete Nuevo-Mundo, causando grandes ruinas, como se ven desde el Brasil hasta el Canada e Illinois;
4th.  Los Incas inciaron su dinsatia en los mismos anos gue los Mexicanos los Beraugas, los Panataguas y los Chinitaguas Estados descubiertos por el mismo Cristobal Colon, en su 2nd Viaje al Nuevo- Continente el ano 1493 y despues reconocidos y colonizados por el Vascuense Nuez de Balboa, auien descubrio tambien el Grande Oceano el dis 26 de Setiemb. de 1513. 
5th los intis o Incas; es decir Hijos del Sol y principes Sacerdotes y legisadores, fureon oriundos del collao y fundadores de la Monarquia Peruana, el ano 888 de la Era-cristiana.
> > genealogies and 3. to preserve their LANGUAGES.  I find that last one
> > interesting in light of the ongoing discussion of the perfect language
> > question here in this discussion.
> But if they came from Jerusalem, they should
> have talked Hebrew (or Aramaic, depending on what
> period we are talking about)
> > > I keep on thinking they should have talked Hebrew  :-)
Book of Mormon page 1 chapter 1 of the first book of Nephi verse 2  " Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the jews and the language of the Egyptians"
1st nephi chapeter 5 verse 14  "and it came to pass that my father Lehi, also found upon the plates of brass a genealogy of his fathers; wherefore he knew that he was a descendant of joseph who was the son of jacob, who was sold into egypt."
The brass plates are some of the plates I referenced in a discussion earlier to get the genealogy, commandments and language.  They are the Brass plates that king Laben possessed.  Nephi and his brothers returned to the city of their origin to retrieve the plates after they had first fled to the wilderness.
I have a recollection that either somewhere in the Book of Mormon or some other statement of Joseph Smith possibly, there is a statement that the engravings on the plates are a "reformed Egyptian"    I will see if I can find these references for you also...

to those looking for tangible hard evidence this is just hearsay but it just fits so fully with what we believe I can not ignore it. 
I have for very short bursts of time attempted to read ( translate HA! not with my linguistics ability!)  the book Copabana De los Incas.  It is written with vocabulary and old Spanish I do not understand.  It is some 550 pages long but I would love to know what it says in detail. 
again please excuse my typos and ramblings and inability to place tildas and accent marks in correct locations.  It should stillmake the point without them I hope.