This is almost too amazing to be true!
Completely unrelated religious communities built strikingly similar temples, although being separated by the Pacific Ocean.
Symmetry exists everywhere. It’s what gives us a sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance. A kind of magical symmetry can also be found in nature and space, for examples.
The image above also suggests a deep symmetry of cults and traditions that two cultures share despite the vast distance separating them.
Indeed, the temples in the picture – Khmer’s Baksei (left) and the Mayan’s Temple of the Masks (right) – are strikingly similar.
However, the people that built them are completely unrelated and have never seen each others.
The Khmer and the Mayans were indeed separated by the Pacific ocean.
Some more similarities
Both pyramids have:
- Three main platforms or steps
- A fourth smaller step is located atop the third step and is composed of narrow stairs
- The stairways leading to the temple tops are extremely steep
- Similar corbelled arches, which seem to have both a symbolic and a functional purpose.
- Identical stone sculptures with similar stylized patterns.
Based on the similar stone architecture of their respective temples, it can be hypothesized that both cultures clearly shared the same cults, symbols and maybe religions. More mystery of religions on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [Richard Cassaro]