Have you ever wondered why there are so many similarities between the Mayan and Chinese cultures? As some researchers have discovered, the explanation could be that the Mayans were visited by the Chinese, long before Christopher Columbus did so. This assumption would change the paradigm of history as we know it.
After 25 years of studying Mayan hieroglyphs, Hu Chundong, professor at the University of Beijing, said that there are similarities between some words of the Chinese language and Maya. The teacher compared the two languages, choosing 100 popular words from each language and found that 22 are similar in pronunciation, especially with the dialects of South East China.
In addition, comparing Mayan handicrafts with the Chinese ones, professor Chundong recognized a “Chinese style” in the pieces found in Campeche, Mexico, which are similar to the crafts of the Tang Dynasty. This theory ensures that during the Tang Dynasty, a group of Chinese scholars wrote about a supposed voyage of Chinese sailors to a far-flung country they called Fusang. Subsequent investigations allowed the experts to assert that the name refers to an area now occupied by Mexico and Guatemala.
Another common trait between the two cultures is the use of Jade. The Mayans relied on the powers of jade to stay healthy. They also had the habit of placing a piece of that stone inside the mouths of their deceased. That custom is exactly like another observed by archaeologists in certain villages in ancient China.
In turn, in 2002, retired Royal Navy officer Gavin Menzies published the book “1421, the year in which China discovered the world,” a bestseller in the United States, describes how Chinese explorer Zheng He, a famous admiral and explorer of the Ming Dynasty, arrived in America in 1421, long before Christopher Columbus.
There is almost no doubt that five thousand years ago a migratory group from China arrived on the American continent and founded several indigenous peoples, including the Mayan of the Yucatán. Recent DNA tests performed on the heirs of both cultures also prove it.
Although the Chinese people were in Mexico and left a legacy that today is interspersed with Mexican tradition, it is also true that there are common characteristics that are shared by both cultures, for example: The Kukulkan Feathered Serpent and the Chinese dragon or Loong. Also the similarity between the symbol of Yin-Yang and the Aztec deity Ometéoltl (‘Double god’). And in the gastronomic plane, you can see that the Zongzi of China and the Corundas of Morelia are also similar.