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proud, a glorified soul watching over the country that had insured her safety, giving her a new home; over the people she loved, and who obeyed with reverence her smallest mandate, and after her death deified and worshipped her, calling her the "good mother of the gods and of men," as Maia was called by the Greeks, as Maya was by the Hindoos, and Mayaoel by the Mexicans. Did she entrust to her son Hul the supervision of the execution of the huge statue, that for this reason was named Hu in the texts?

Shall we answer with certainty in the negative these queries that force themselves on the mind, when we reflect on the influence of Maya customs and Maya civilization on the populations of Asia and Africa; on the similarity of the names, and the striking analogy of the events in the lives of Isis and Osiris, and those of Queen Móo and Prince Coh; particularly when, among other things, we consider the identity of the ancient hieratic Maya and Egyptian alphabets; that of the rites of initiation into the mysteries celebrated in the temples of Mayach and Egypt,' and many other customs and traditions that it is impossible to regard as mere coincidences, these being too numerous to be the effect of hazard?

Furthermore, we may take into consideration the latest discovery made by Col. G. E. Raum, of San Francisco, in excavating the temple between the fore paws of the Sphinx, of the cap that once covered the head of the statue. This cap is painted red and adorned with three lotus stems and a serpent. Might not these indicate that the personage represented by the Sphinx came from a country situated in the midst of the waters, and belonged to the family of the Cans, serpents ??


Aug. Le Plongeon, Sacred Mysteries, p. 15, et passim.

2 New York Herald, March 20, 1896.


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