The Great White God of ancient America still lives! The divine
personage that emerges from the discoveries and writing of archaeologists
and historians now stands out as an unassailable reality.. The mystery
that so long veiled the puzzling traditions of the natives is swept
aside by newly found but centuries old records that open a widely
expanded view of this divinity and his labors in the Western Hemisphere.
There was such a God!
According to the findings of scholars, he came to America long
before the time of Columbus.
He taught the ancients his true religion, raised some of their
dead, healed many of their sick, taught new and more productive
methods of agriculture, and established a government of equality
He came suddenly and left suddenly in a supernatural manner.
The ancients regarded him as the Creator, come to earth in bodily
Many now readily admit that his teachings were akin to those of
the Bible. And that he promised to return in a second coming is
an acknowledged fact, well attested by historical accounts.
The tradition of a White God in ancient America was preserved
through generations of Indians from Chile to Alaska, and has been
significantly persistent likewise among the Polynesians from Hawaii
to New Zealand.
In their main details all such traditions agree. They differ in
name and minor details from island to island and from country to
country but the overall outline remains the same-there was a Great
White God. He came among their forefathers, ministered for a while,
and then left again. Some say he ascended to heaven.
Known by Many Names
So convincing is the information now available concerning the
White God as he appears in the legends of the Aztecs that Paul Herrmann
was induced to say in his book Conquest by Man:
"Carefully considered this leaves no conclusion open than that
the Light God Quetzalcoatl was a real person, that he was neither
an invention of Spanish propaganda nor a legendary figment of Indian
This being, known as Quetzalcoatl in parts of Mexico, primarily
in the Cholula area, was known as Votan in Chiapas and Wixepechocha
in Oaxaca, as Gucumatz in Guatemala, as Viracocha and Hyustus in
Peru, as Sume in Brazil, and as Bochica in Columbia.
To the Peruvians he was also known as Con-tici or Illa-Tici, Tici
menaing both Creator and the Light. To the Mayans he was principally
know as Kukulcan.
In the Polynesian islands he was Lono, Kana, Kane, or Kon, and
sometimes Kanaloa-the Great Light or Great Brightness. He also was
known as Kane-Akea, the Great Progenitor, or Tonga-roa, the god
of the ocean sun.
What did he look like, this Great White God?
He was frequently described as a tall white man, bearded and with
blue eyes. He wore loose, flowing robes. He came from the heavens
and went back to the heavens.
He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, cured the lame, and
raised some of the dead. He taught a better life, telling the people
to do unto others as they would be done by, to love their neighbors
as themselves, and to always show kindness and charity.
He seemed to be a person of great authority and unmeasured kindness.
He had power to make hills into plains and plains into high mountains.
he could bring fountains of water from the solid rock.
In addition to giving them rules on how to live peacefully together,
he urged them to greater learning, and also taught them improved
methods of agriculture.
Promised Second Coming
One of the remarkable things about his coming was that he appeared
after a period of darkness in all the land, during which the people
had prayed for a return of the sun. While the darkness yet prevailed,
"they suffered great hardship...and...made great prayers and vows
to those they held to be their gods, imploring of them the light
that had failed." After the light had returned, then came a "white
man, of large stature, whose air and person aroused great respect
and veneration...And when they saw his power, they called him the
Maker of all things, their Beginning, Father of the sun." (See Pedro
de Cieza de Leon, The Incas, trans. by Harriet de Onis, pp.
This personage, as he taught his religion, also urged the people
to build great temples for worship. As he left them, he promised
his second coming, which caused the natives to look for his return
even as the Jews look for their promised Messiah. (See Pierre Honore,
In Quest of the White God, pp. 16-17.)
Due to the anxiousness with which they were awaiting the return
of this White God, the natives mistakenly supposed that with the
arrival of the Spaniards in America, this promise was fulfilled
(see Honore, p. 17). A similar event took place in the Hawaiian
Islands with the arrival of Captain James Cook. These historical
events serve to strengthen the evidence supporting the reality of
the White God.
When the Spanish Conquistadores reached South America, one of
Pizzaro's lieutenants strode ashore wearing his helmet and breastplate
and carrying a shining musket. He made an impressive appearance.
Natives on the shore watched him in amazement. He was a white
man! As Pedro de Candia strode toward them, they knelt before him
and began to say "Viracocha, Viracocha." It puzzled the gallant
Pedro. The natives drew nearer, surrounding him. Somewhat fearful
himself, he fired his gun into the air, expecting to frighten the
natives away. But they did not move. Instead they whispered, "Illa
Tiki, Illa Tiki," meaning "the god of lightning." The Indians thought
he was their returning white god Viracocha, and that with his gun
he controlled thunder and lightning. (See Paul Herrmann, Conquest
by Man, pp. 181-82.)
Hernando Cortez was likewise believed to be the returning White
God as he came to Mexico in 1520. When the coastal natives saw that
he was white, a leader among his men, and that he came in a large
ship with white sails, they conjectured that the Great White God
Montezuma, the Aztec ruler, remembered that when he was crowned
as emperor, the priests of the Aztec cult reminded him: "This is
not your throne,...it is only lent to you and will one day be returned
to the one to whom it is due." (Honore, pp. 66.)
Montezuma made plans to greet Cortez with all the respect he owed
to the White God whom his Aztec religion had taught him to expect.
Precious gifts were brought to Cortez; the riches of the realm were
opened to him. He was honored as a deity indeed. (See William H
Prescott, History of the Conquest of Mexico.)
When Captain Cook sailed into the peaceful waters of the Hawaiian
Islands, he too was mistaken for the White God. The natives there,
like their relatives in America, had long expected the second coming
of their Great White God.
Seeing Captain Cook, a white man of high command, sailing in a
large ship with great white sails such as the natives had never
before seen, the Hawaiians received and worshipped him as their
long-looked-for golden-haired god Lono.
Remarkably, Captain Cook had landed during the makahiuki festival,
the celebration that kept alive the traditions of the white god
Lono. King Kalanioppuu welcomed him and his party, and the native
priests led him with high ceremony to the great stone truncated
pyramid that was Lono's temple. In amazement, the redoubtable British
explorer accepted their obeisance, quite willing to receive any
honors they were willing to bestow upon him. (See J.C. Beaglehole,
The Life of Captain Cook, pp. 648-60.)
Drifted from Moses
Not only have the oft-told stories of the White God continued
through the ages, but his teaching are also still dear to the hearts
of the natives.
One of the remarkable survivals is that recounted in Stephen's
Incidents of Travel in Central America. The author quotes
what Fuentes, chronicler of the ancient kingdom of Guatemala and
of the Toltecan Indians, said of the origin of these people. Fuentes
said that, according to the grandson of the last king of the Quiches,
the Toltecs were Israelites, released by Moses from the tyranny
of Pharaoh. After crossing the Red Sea, they became idolaters. To
escape the reproofs of Moses, they strayed away. Under the leadership
of a man named Tanub, they drifted from continent to continent until
finally they came to a place they called the seven caverns, a part
of the kingdom of Mexico, where they founded the city of Tula. The
story recounts that from Tanub, their leader, sprang the families
of the Tula and the Quiche.
Other traditions tell of four brothers who led their families
from far distant lands to the east, over the oceans, to the new
world where they settled and built cities.
Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the ancient Quiche Maya, reveals
that the early Americans believed in a trinity of deities. They
believed also in a heavenly father and a heavenly mother, and that
the Eternal Father and his Beloved Son were the creators of heaven
and earth. Members of the trinity were known as Caculha, Huracan,
Chipi-Caculha, and Raxa-Caculha. They were called the "Heart of
Heaven." (See Popol Vuh, trans. by Delia Goetz and Sylvanus
G. Morley, pp. 81-82.)
Popol Vuh also speaks of the creation as having been accomplished
by this trinity-three deities-creators and makers of all (pp. 81-92).
These early Americans did not believe in any sexless, formless,
phantom-like god. To them the trinity were real persons, who had
sex and personality.
These early Americans, as shown in this same volume, believed
in a person much like the devil who boasted of his brilliance and
power, saying "my eyes are of silver, bright, resplendent as precious
stones, as emeralds; my teeth shine like perfect stones, like the
face of the sky...So then I am the sun, I am the moon, for all mankind"
(Popol Vuh, p. 93).
This evil being sought to usurp the glory of God but failed. "His
only ambition was to exalt himself and to dominate" (Popol Vuh,
The manuscript from ancient Indian sources explains that at the
time "neither our first mother nor our first father had yet been
created" (Popol, p. 96).
There is also the story of the woman being tempted to
eat the fruit of a tree and asking, "Must I die, shall I be lost,
if I pick one of this fruit?" (Popol Vuh, p. 119).
The story of a great flood is recounted among the early Americans
(Popol Vuh, p. 90).
Christ Came to America
Who was this Great White God? As Jesus Christ ministered in mortality
among the Jews, he spoke of another body of believers--his other
sheep. (See John 10:16.) He promised to go to them and minister
among them. This he did--in America.
Prophets also ministered in ancient America; even as others did
in Palestine, and during the same period of time.
These Western prophets wrote their sacred history, as did their
Palestine, and during the same period of time.
These Western prophets wrote their sacred history, as did their
Palestinian counterparts. In this manner another volume of scripture
was prepared. Known as the Book of Mormon, it tells of God's dealings
with ancient America, as the Bible relates the sacred history of
the Eastern Hemisphere.
The Book of Mormon tell the facts about the coming of the White
God, and event that occurred in America following Christ's resurrection
in Palestine. Millions of people lived in America then. Some believed
in the coming of Christ to their land. Others scoffed. The believers
served the Lord; the scoffers followed every evil path.
When the Crucifixion took place and the earthquakes shook Palestine,
even worse quakes, tempests, and conflagrations swept over the Western
Hemisphere. The Book of Mormon tells the story:
"And it came to pass in the thirty and fourth year, in the first
month, on the fourth day of the month, there arose a great storm,
such an one as never had been known in all the land.
"And there was also a great and terrible tempest; and there was
terrible thunder, insomuch that it did shake the whole earth as
if it was about to divide asunder.
"And there were exceeding sharp lightnings, such as never had
been known in all the land.
"And the city of Zarahemla did take fire" (3 Nephi 8:5-8).
According to the account, the damage was immense. Highways were
broken up, cities were sunk, many persons were slain, and the whole
face of the land was changed--all this in the space of about three
Then, "it came to pass that there was thick darkness upon all
the face of the land, insomuch that the inhabitants thereof who
had fallen could feel the vapor of darkness" (3 Nephi 8:20).
After this condition, which lasted for three days, there came
a voice, "and all the people did hear, and did witness of it, saying:
"O ye people of these great cities which have fallen, who are
descendants of Jacob, yea, who are of the house of Israel, how oft
have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings,
and have nourished you.
"...how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens,
and ye would not" (3 Nephi 10:3-5).
Some days later a great multitude gathered together about the
temple in the land "Bountiful, and there came a voice three times:
"And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which
they heard; and it said unto them:
"Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have
glorified my name--hear ye him.
"And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes
up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out
of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down
and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude
were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even
one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it
was an angel that had appeared unto them.
"And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake
unto the people, saying:
"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall
come into the world.
"And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have
drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and
have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world,
in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things
from the beginning.
"And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the
whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had
been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto
them after his ascension into heaven.
"And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:
"Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into
my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my
hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel,
and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins
of the world.
"And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust
their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails
in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth
one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their
eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and
did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets,
that should come.
"And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves,
they did cry out with one accord, saying:
"Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did
fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him" (3 Nephi 11:6-17).
In the days that followed, the same divine visitor introduced
the blessing of the bread and wine as a sacrament; he called forth
all their sick, afflicted, lame, blind, and dumb, and healed them;
he organized and administration to teach and baptize in his name,
and he counseled these leaders and the multitudes about his doctrine.
And after many days, "there came a cloud and overshadowed the multitude
that they could not see Jesus.
"And while they were overshadowed he departed from them, and ascended
into heaven. And the disciples saw and did bear record that he ascended
again into heaven" (3 Nephi 18:38-39).
This is the true story of the Great White God. He is Jesus the
Christ, the Savior of all mankind.