The Maze Stone is located just a few miles northwest of the city of Hemet in Riverside County, California. It is easly reached by a paved road (California Street) that runs north from highway 74.
An aura of mystery hangs over an ageless half-domed rock of native granite a few miles from Hemet, California. The strange design carved on the face of the stone has confounded the efforts of man to determine its true origin. The petroglyph (design cut in the rock) is one of man’s oldest known art forms, dating back thousands of years. Obsidian points of dark volcanic rock, were used as cutting tools. The grooves were then polished with porphyry, a fine grained stone embedded with crystal. The designs were symbolic and curved for a purpose.
Numerous archaeologist and historians have examined this ancient maze without establishing acceptable proof of the artist’ identity. However, their educated conclusions are fascinating and equally difficult to disprove.
Adelaide Wilson Arnold first saw the Maze Stone in 1914 with her parents, Dr and Mrs Roger Wilson. They were intrigued by the petroglyph and devoted much of their time during the ensuing years in an attempt to discover its illusive history. In the early 1920s Adelaide gained the ear and interest of archaeologist William Duncan Strong. After his examination and study of the Maze, he declared its age to be approximately two thousand years. Further investigation led to a report by the famed historian, Hubert H. Bancroft, based partially on an account originally transcribed by a Seventh Century Chinese historian.
In 1458 A.D., Bancroft said, a group of Buddhist missionaries set sail in a Chinese junk. Their destination was the Fortunate Isles, located seven thousand miles to the east of China. The purpose of their attempted journey was to propagate their religion. The exact location of the Fortunate Isles is unknown. Perhaps they were the Aleutian Islands, or the Hawaiian Islands. It is not known for certain that the missionaries actually landed in the Americas, but the story of their trek tallies with another similar account.
In 1884 Pierre Vining visited China. From the ancient Chinese encyclopedia he translated the account of a group of Buddhist and their incredible voyage to the Fortunate Isles. After many months at sea they were caught in a hurricane that blew them off course. Their small vessel was buffered as a cork on the restless sea as they were swept by a desolate, snow-covered land. When the storm subsided they were in warm waters. The current carried them to green, tree-covered land. Here they went ashore to be welcomed by friendly dark skinned natives. Among the plant life described in the narrative was a sword-like leaf that served the natives in the making of garments and sandals. This plant is thought to be maguey. It yields a fibrous substance and is native to the Americas.
The account reveals the travels of the Buddhists as they trekked inland from the sea, to wander for several years before they eventually found their way back to China.
Bancroft lists forty-one Chinese junks that were thrown on American shores by the Japanese current between 1782 and 1875. This leaves little doubt that many other Asiatics have reached the Americas since the world began.
The unique quadruple swastika design on the Maze Stone is an authentic Buddhist symbol. The Maze is intended to trap evil spirits and allow travelers to proceed in peace. The square in the center of the design signifies purity. For centuries Chinese coins have exhibited this same square center. Several other petroglyphs have been found along the supposed route of the Buddhist missionaries. The two-thousand-year age of this controversial carving corresponds closely with the transcribed account of the Chinese missionaries.
Long before the Wilsons had any knowledge of these accounts they brought a spokesman of the Cahuilla Indians to see the Maze. Cornelio Luvo told them: “It is very old. No one of our time has even seen this one, but I have heard of it. My father's’ father said it was made by the people who came from the sea.
Not having read that before because I had not left myself open to it, I found it quite interesting as well as the help it provided me with completing my book. And all ready I have had some interesting comments about it because I have aroused the curiosity of a number of people I have shared it with. It’s amazing when you leave yourself open to go out on all sort of tracks, you open yourself to connect with all sorts of wonderful people. And they in turn have something to to offer you. It doesn’t take a lot to connect with others, but it without some kind of effort you miss the real meaning of life.