The Westward Spread of Inca and Egyptian Culture

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The Westward Spread of Inca and Egyptian Culture The second half of the twentieth century has seen many changes in theories concerning the mode of colonization of the islands of Micronesia, and the rise of the Inca Empire, with it's striking similarities to Egypt. In the past, it has been suggested that Asians had worked their way through the Pacific, over a period of thousands of years. It was believed that each island group had formed independently, and that the residents, while they were of the same race, had totally different cultures. Since the 1940's, however, these views have been changing. It is now accepted by many scholars that early Egyptians sailed as far west as South America, in their huge reed boats. In turn, the Incas, who owe many of their technological advancements to these Egyptian travelers, set sail to the west, colonizing Easter Island, Hawaii, and the other Pacific islands. The most common misconception about these early travels is that they took place on boats or ships. This is definitely not the case. In fact, the Egyptians and Incas relied on rafts; the Incas used balsa logs ( Kon-Tiki 21), the Egyptians used bundles of papyrus reeds (Ra 3). One striking piece of evidence for Egyptian-Inca contact is the existence of reed rafts on Lake Titicaca that are exactly like rafts used on Lake Chad and the Nile (Ra 3). Of course, this could be merely coincidence, but much more evidence exists to support the theory of ancient contacts between Egyptians and Pre-Colombian Incas. The most positive, though hardly concrete, item is the legends of the *I*Viracocha*/I* (which translates as white man in English) people of Lake Titicaca in South America. The *... ... middle of paper ... ...from Atlantis, that brought the societies together. Indeed, Heyerdahl's theories, once considered outlandishly radical, are now considered tame by many people. The possibilities are certainly endless, but in light of the evidence so far gathered, the idea of westward migration seem the most logical explanation for the similarities between Egyptian and Inca cultures, and the colonization of the Pacific Islands. Bibliography: Begley, Sharon; Chidega, Farai; et al. "Out of Egypt, Greece." ..... Western Civilization , Volume One. Conneticut: Dushkin, .....1995. Heyerdahl, Thor. Early Man and The Ocean . New York: Doubleday, 1979. ---. Kon-Tiki . New York: Pocket Books, 1973. ---. The Ra Expeditions . New York: Doubleday, 1970. ---. "The Voyage of Ra II." National Geographic . Jan. 1971: 44-71.

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