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?
Temple of the Warriors at Chichen Itza, the Mayan capital
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.
Mayan mural in Temple of the Warriors at Chichen Itza. Notice the black, brown, and white skinned people and what appears to be a Viking long ship on the sea.
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. Continue Reading