Proof That Ancient People Could Have Migrated from South America to Polynesia by Sea
Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer. Contrary to popular opinion, he believed that ancient people had the ability to travel long distances by sea using wind and ocean currents in order to make contact with other cultures.
In 1947, in order to test his theory, Thor organized the Kon-Tiki expedition. The name Kon-Tiki refers to the ancient solar deity Con Ticci Viracocha, a wisdom bringer who took the Religion of the Sun to South America. Thor Heyerdahl was very interested in the legends of Viracocha as narrated by the local peoples in Central and South America, and came to the conclusion that Viracocha was a real person who had travelled by boat to South America, and had left by boat – journeying on to Polynesia where a wisdom bringer with similar appearance and name (Tici/Tiki) was described as arriving. Thor did a lot of research regarding ancient sites connected to the lost civilization of the sun, mainly through the field of experimental-archaeology.
As part of the Kon-Tiki expedition, Thor’s team built a traditional Peruvian balsa wood raft, which is what Viracocha is likely to have departed for Polynesia in. Then Thor, along with five other crew members, with no support boat, and equipped only with a few navigational tools and 275 gallons (1,040 liters) of water, set out to journey from Peru to Polynesia. Their trip lasted 101 days, and covered 4,300 miles (6900 kilometers) across the Pacific Ocean.
This journey depicts what Viracocha and the disciples that accompanied him would likely have faced in taking spiritual knowledge to peoples throughout the world.
A documentary filmed during the Kon-Tiki journey won an oscar in 1951, and Thor’s book narrating the voyage sold more than 50 million copies around the world.
The documentary can be purchased or streamed on Amazon.