Len Stage’s most recent work, The Brotherhood of the Wone, is a unique book that combines the element of science fiction with history. It is a fascinating tale of an archaeological discovery that unleashes unpredicted powers on the world. Its story particularly revolves around the characters of Lon (a handyman in a small town) and Jean Conway (the daughter of the small town’s museum curator who is well connected in the field or archaeology) who both embarked on a journey toward discovering something strange yet powerful.

It began when Jean found a strange piece of a Mayan priest’s robe from Belize, which she nor anyone else could make sense of. To add more intrigue to such discovery, this particular piece of cloth is a hybrid of Mayan, Aztec, and Toltec. What Lon and Jean did not immediately realize is that finding it would open the door to a much more surprising discovery that can change their lives forever. Overall, The Brotherhood of the Wone is an intriguing and interesting novel that contains a lot of surprises, thrill, and knowledge. Particularly, the mention of the hybrid of Mayan, Aztec, and Toltec of The Brotherhood of the Wone is what makes the novel even more distinct and fascinating. Rarely will you see a science fiction novel that touches on the topic of ancient civilizations. Indeed, The Brotherhood of the Wone is one those few novels that can combine fun with learning in a compelling way.

If you have already been intrigued enough by the story of The Brotherhood of the Wone, then go and check Len Stage’s extraordinary science fiction novel now! But before that, here is a brief background of ancient civilizations: Mayan, Aztec, and Toltec first to give you ideas on some of the things that you might come across in the book:

Mayan Civilization

The Mayan civilization was one of the most interesting and influential civilizations in the history of the world. It was developed by the Mayans who occupied an extensive territory that encompassed southeastern Mexico and northern Central America. They lived in such territory for a long time beginning in around 2000 BC. At present, much of the area that made up the Mayan region in the past is now separated into individual countries, including Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and some parts of Mexico. Nonetheless, there are still some modern-day Mayans who live within the boundaries of the civilization’s old empire in Central America.

In general, the Mayan civilization is known for many things: its sophisticated art and architecture; advanced calendar, mathematics, and astronomical systems; and highly developed pre-Columbian writing system called logosyllabic script. If you have watched Mel Gibson’s 2007 film entitled Apocalypto, then you probably already have an idea on how sophisticated the Mayan civilization was.

Aztec Civilization

Just like the Mayan civilization, the Aztec civilization is also one of the most influential civilizations in history. It flourished in central Mexico between c. 1345 and 1521 CE. It was developed by a large group of people called the Aztecs who occupied most of northern Mesoamerica at their heyday. Today, most of the descendants of these Aztecs live in Mexico as Mexicans.

When it comes to its contributions to the world, the Aztec civilization takes pride in the field of medicine. Back in the days, it was the Aztecs who use native plants such as passion flower in treating various illnesses, including skin injuries, burns, hysteria, and seizures. Aside from this, the Aztec civilization is also credited for introducing the concept of mandatory education. The Aztecs also built popular pyramids and temples, and developed a complex calendar system called tonalpohualli. In popular culture, the Aztecs are often portrayed as warriors who are always aggressive and competitive.

Toltec Civilization

Before the rise of the Aztec civilization, there existed the Toltec civilization. These two civilizations both flourished in Central Mexico. However, the latter preceded the former, as it thrived between the 10th and mid-12th centuries CE. When the Aztecs were able to destroy Tollan, the ancient capital of the Toltecs, the Toltec civilization began to crumble until its complete demise in the 12th century. Nonetheless, prior to its downfall, the civilization was largely known for its wealth and sophistication. Tollan, particularly, was renowned for its architecture and crafts.

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