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PARALLELS
Mesoamerican and Ancient Middle Eastern Traditions

by Diane E. Wirth

We have unreservedly featured Diane Wirth's new book Parallels alongside our
top authors and their key subjects. As result of her straightforward and compelling scholarship, we consider that the archaeological establishment, who overturned the concept of diffusionism around eighty years ago, will have to re-write their teaching text books, and join us in exploring the evidence and records on the archaic worldwide civilisations, initially stimulated by the activities of the Shining Ones.

The long debated subject of isolationism and diffusionism is brought into the open by comparing the many common traditions of the Ancient Middle East and Mesoamerica.

Parallels is fascinating, scholarly, reader-friendly, and discusses the plausibility of foreigners from the Middle East having an effect on Mesoamerica. "One of the most puzzling problems for culture historians and archaeologists has been how to account for shared similarities in diverse parts of the world," said Brian M. Stross, professor of anthropology, University of Texas at Austin. And Robert M. Schoch of Boston University commented, "It is too much for all of this to be dismissed as merely coincidence and independent invention. . . . With this important book, Diane E. Wirth is helping to rewrite not only the history of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, but the history of the ancient Middle East as well."

 

Topics such as bearded foreigners, fish traditions, creation and re-creation, Mesoamerican and Egyptian scribes, the king and the World Tree motifs, are some of the chapters outlining Wirth's findings. Included in the 211 pages are illustrations, tables and bibliographical sources to help the reader understand and enjoy the text.

With a BA degree in Art (most of the illustrations in Parallels are her work), she has studied Mesoamerican and Middle Eastern art for over 30 years. Her travels are extensive throughout the world, especially to the sites in Mesoamerica including travel for 6 weeks with the famed Linda Schele (art historian, iconographer and epigrapher). Wirth has given papers which were read at the Conference of the American Society for Phenomenology, Aesthetics & Fine Arts, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University; The Ancient American Western Conference, Utah State Valley College; The Society of Early Historic Archaeology, Brigham Young University; and the New England Antiquities Research Association in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Wirth has also published numerous articles in magazines and scholarly journals.

Display Prints and Key Texts

NEW WORLD / OLD WORLD LINKS

Chinese Face in the Gulf of Mexico - c.1,000 BC - Diego Rivera Museum click here
Temple of Tigers and Shields - Chicken Itza - Toltec - Yucatan click here
Art motifs of China and Mexico click here
Colonies in Peru click here
The Chavin culture click here
Slate mirror click here
The God Kings & the Titans click here
Winged discs click here
Chinese King led trip to America click here
Bronze head of King Saragon click here
Bronze ornament from Luristan click here
Red Paint Culture click here
Olmec carving click here
Panpipes click here
Mayan sculpture click here
Mysteries of Forgotten Worlds click here
Treasure tombs in Peruvian pyramid click here
Candlestick of the Andes click here
Chichen Itza bearded figure click here
Luristan bronzes click here
Gorgons, Lanzon and Godhead click here
Tapestry from Pachacemak click here
Bronze altar click here
Garland design click here
Olmec Head click here
Labyrinth design click here
Colonies in Peru click here
Under wraps click here

 


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