Hemet Maze Stone

A gray boulder emblazoned with the intricate design of a labyrinthine maze enclosed in a 3 1/2-foot square. The petroglyph is located on a mountainside just west of Hemet, California, some 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Accumulation on its surface of a light patina known locally as “desert varnish” suggests the incised carving was executed between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, despite the insistence of mainstream archaeologists, who insist, on tenuous physical evidence, that it could be no more than a few centuries old. About 50 maze-stones have been identified throughout California, in Orange, Riverside, Imperial, and San Diego counties, and at least 14 examples of labyrinthine rock art are known in the remote area of Palm Springs. All of them have been found within 150 miles of each other, and virtually every one is rectangular, although varying in size from 4 inches to several feet in diameter. They are invariably located on boulder-strewn mountainsides, and are perhaps the remnants of a pilgrimage route dedicated to commemorating a seminal event in the deep past.

The maze itself is in the form of a swastika, a sacred symbol for numerous Native American tribes across the continent. Among the Hopi Indians, the hooked cross signifies the migration of their tribe from the east following a great flood that overwhelmed early mankind.

Although it is not known if Hopi forefathers carved the Hemet Maze Stone, the Atlantean significance of their ancestral myth is suggested by its westward oriented design. These implications are complimented by a late 15th-century example of Mexican featherwork in a similar, swastika-like design (with reversed orientation, however) belonging to a transparently Atlantean figure in Mesoamerican myth, Chalchiuhtlicue; “Our Lady of the Turquoise Skirt” was the Aztec goddess of death at sea. Hopi sand paintings, spiritual devices for the removal of illness, are often formed into swastikas, with the patient made to sit at its center. In the bottom-left corner of the square outline of the Hemet Maze Stone is a simple, much smaller, reversed, or right-oriented hooked cross, known in Buddhism as the sauvastika.

Pteroglyph That Carved On The Stone

Both swastikas and sauvastikas are common images throughout Asia, where they denote Buddha’s right and left foot, respectively, and refer to his missionary travels throughout the world. As such, the Buddhist swastika-sauvastika and California petroglyph appear to share a parallel symbolism which both Asians and ancient Americans may have received independently from a common source. James Churchward, a 20th-century authority on Mu, stated that the swastika was the Pacific civilization’s foremost emblem. He referred to it as “the key of universal movement,” a characterization complimenting both Hopi and Buddhist symbolism. The questions remains : what the purpose of this stone, and who build it? Is it Atlantean?

(Source : The Atlantis Encyclopedia by Frank Joseph)
(Pic source : Pic.1 taken from The Atlantis Encyclopedia page 137; pic.2 taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MazeStone.jpg)


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Anonymous said...

I live in Hemet & have a friend that lives near the Maze Stone. I have visited the site & I really enjoyed your blog here. I wanted to comment that I was told by an Indian (won't say which) that mentioned there is another maze stone in Ireland. & possibly I think another in Australia somewhere (not sure). Anyway, that you mentioned Atlantis & along with Ireland, that makes perfect sense that they migrated westward from that region. Take care

tripzibit said...

(Anonymous) I wish i could go there, and see it with my own eyes, by the way thanks for your additional info. Really appreciate it.

Have a nice day :)

Anonymous said...

I've lived in Hemet my entire life and I've never even heard of this stone. I did a little bit of searching and it turns out it's only about 2 miles from my house. It's a shame I didn't learn about something like this in school. I'll have to take a little walk and take a look. Thanks for the information.

Anonymous said...

wow! i cant believe i actually ran across your page. i recently moved to the san jacinto valley from long beach about a year ago. while doing some research at the mt san jacinto college library i ran accross the picture of this stone yet it did not give a location other than hemet, CA. ive asked several people yet nobody knew and yet, while looking over google earth i ran into this. gotta love the internet. i am a student of history and would love to exchange links and ideas with you if you (or anybody else interested). you can email me at astarkey522@student.msjc.edu. thank you again!

Mar Komus said...

The "sauvastika" is not present in a photograph taken in the 1930's and which appears in the Hemet Centenial calendar (2010). I'll check, but I do believe it would have more than likely been added by vandals--which may be why it is fenced off today.

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