At the Mesoamerican (Mayan) site known as the Temple of Warriors there are plenty of murals and on those murals are depicted not only native peoples but also non-native white skinned peoples. Question is, just who were these white people?
The murals I’m referring to are in the Temple of Warriors pyramid and some researchers are now suggesting that these white skinned people were none other than Norsemen, Vikings! Could it be possible?
Consider the Norsemen for a moment. They came from Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) and they had a real talent for sailing the open seas in their long boats. We know they landed in Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland. There is also evidence suggesting they navigated the St Lawrence Seaway and may have explored parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. On the other side of the world the Norsemen explored all over Europe and may even have made some expeditions into what is today the Middle East and Northern Africa. We also know that they sailed down the Volga and other mighty rivers in Russia all the way down to the Black Sea. In fact, Rurik who founded what is today Russia (it was called Kievan Rus) was a Viking and his people the Rus were Viking peoples! So is it possible that these sailing experts got to Mexico on some of their voyages? I think so! Additionally, there is some speculation that the Vikings also sailed down the Mississippi River in the US all the way down into the Gulf of Mexico. If so then the sea trip across the Gulf of Mexico from what is now New Orleans to the Yucatan would have been a piece of cake for the Norsemen.
The Vikings may have gotten to Mexico at the time the Mayans were building the Temple of the Warriors or shortly thereafter. They could have been the “white lords” Mesoamerican legends refer to. These “white lords” came along before the coming of the Spanish and long before Columbus. In fact, on the flip-side there are not only Aztec and Mayan tales of “white lords” who came from the sea but there are Norse Sagas that bespeak of what MIGHT be Viking voyages to Mexico!
One of the Norse sagas is known as the Eyrbggia saga which mentions not only one but TWO possible Viking voyages to the Yucatan (Mayan country). This saga, some now claim, describes how one Bjorn (the name means “bear”) Breidovikingakappi (meaning “Bjorn the champion of the Broadwickers”) sailed around Ireland and somehow landed in Mexico. Further, there are three traditions in the Norse Sagas that say that in 965 AD and 986 AD one Ari Marson, another Viking, set sail from Ireland attempting to reach Greenland but ran into a storm and was thrown off course. He may have reached the coast of the Yucatan in Mexico six days later rather than Greenland.
Historically, it is known that many tribes in Mexico helped the Conquistador Hernan Cortez make war against the Aztecs as they wanted to be free of the Aztec yoke upon them. It can also be speculated that another reason for these tribe helping Cortez is that they may have thought Cortez and his men were the “returning white lords.” The Aztecs thought Cortez was just that because whomever these “white lords” were had told the Aztecs they’d return someday by sea just as they left. They told the Maya the same thing btw.
MOST researchers have passed off the Aztec stories as nothing but mere myths just as they pass off most other native peoples stories! After all, we Westerners are really locked into our own ethnocentrism aren’t we? Surely we are! To summarily pass off native accounts is a crock of crap in my book!! IF we truly want to determine facts and truth then we ought to consider the native stories and discover elements of truth in them rather than summarily pass them off as myth.
Not only to the murals in the Temple of Warriors depict Aztecs and white people but they also depict black people and in some of them you can see white men fighting black men and even being held in bondage by the black men.
The murals clearly depict white, brown, and black men and in at least one it not only shows some whites being taken captives but a clear depiction of a Viking long-ship on the sea waters!
Deciphering the murals seems to indicate that the Aztecs are depicted as the black people in the murals and they teamed up with brown skinned people (Maya descendants and other tribes) and fought against the “white lords” possibly Vikings. The Aztecs took the arrival of these whites (Vikings) as an invasion apparently. Together the brown (Mayan and other tribes) and black people (Aztecs) defeated the white lords (Vikings) and drove them back to their long-ships on the sea. One of the murals even depicts a man with white skin and long BLOND hair being sacrificed by two black men (Aztecs more accurately known as Mexica)!
The white people, especially the one with long blond hair, were obviously NOT from Mesoamerica! The Conquistadors who first came into Mexico said the Aztecs were very tall and “swarthy” meaning “dark skinned, black.” They also described them as “very warlike and faced death with the greatest resolution.” The Mesoamerican codices seem to also indicate that the Aztecs were a very dark skinned people, darker than other tribes in the area. However, let us NOT be amazed by this as it is a fact that the Paleo-Indians known as the Luzia and Naia were black skinned!
The Mayas referred to the Aztecs as being “Xilaan” meaning “curly and frizzy haired” and very dark skinned. The Maya and other tribes in the region had straight black hair and brown skin. Obviously, these are traits commonly associated with the people of sub-Sahara AFRICA and not native Mesoamericans. Further, when we look at the Mesoamerican codices we rather CLEARLY see Black/Negroid/African people and these include the Codex Telleriano and the Codex Mendoza! But, then again, Black/Negroid peoples have been found all over the world outside of Africa such as those found in India, SE Asia, and the region of Australia and even the Americas!
The Vikings were not only amazing sea navigators but they, like the Aztecs, were very warlike. If they indeed encountered each other then there is a high probability of conflict with the two warlike societies meeting. The Mayan Popol Vuh also mentions white and blacks in Mayan country not far from the Aztec realms. Vikings and Aztecs?
Blacks, whites, and Mesoamericans all together in Mexico changes everything we thought we knew about Mesoamerica! It also changes what we thought we knew about the Vikings whom I STRONGLY suspect got much further around the world than we think!
Love it! Because the more we uncover things the more the old notion of New and Old World civilizations having no contact goes into the realm of TRUE MYTH!! As is said, “What we thought was, was not. And what we thought was not, was.”
Here’s something else to ponder. Aztlan is the legendary original homeland of the Aztecs (Mexica). They described it as a white land likely meaning snowy land. Some researchers have long believed this Aztlan was in Arizona or around Salt Lake City in Utah. But what if it was in Norse lands which were snowy lands (Sweden, Norway especially). No this would not explain how, if so, the Aztecs came to have black skin. But then there is the enigma of the Olmecs.
The Olmecs were the first major civilization in what is today the area of Guatemala and Mexico living in what is today the area of Veracruz and Tabasco. Just who and where these people came from is still a matter of debate. I, for one, believe they came from Africa as their physical features (morphology) strongly indicate such an origin in Africa. Of course, this theory is now considered nonviable but based on physical traits of the Olmecs I still think it possible they came from Africa. Other theories hold that the Olmec came from Polynesia while others speculate the Olmec were of Oriental origins.
IF the Aztec homeland was in the snowy country of Scandinavia and they went to Mexico/Central America and interbred with the Olmec then would explain the Aztec having black skin when the other tribes had brown skin. Clearly, the Aztec black skin was different from the Mayan brown skin! I’m sure some Aztecs had brown skin as well but the Conquistadors and Catholic clergy who first entered Mexico felt it necessary to note that these Aztecs were “swarthy” meaning “dark/black skinned.” Why? Because they had darker skin than other natives in the area!
Whatever the case one thing is clear. The meeting(s) of the Aztec and Vikings did NOT end well.
For a more detailed account of Vikings in Mexico see: