I'm reading Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods right now, and I ran across a brief mention of Votan, one of the virachocas, or a figure much like virachoca.
somewhere buried in the books I've read, Wotan is hinted at as being an outsider from the norse pantheon, who brought with him civilizing capabilities.
Both of these individuals were supposed to be able to revive the dead.
Were they the same person?
check this out:
"We have fixed the special attention of our readers upon this Votan, or Wodan, an American who appears of the same family with the Wods or Odins of the Goths and of the people of Celtic origin. Since, according to the learned researches of Sir William Jones, Odin and Buddha are probably the same person, it is curious to see the names of Bondvar, Wodansday, and Votan designating in India, Scandinavia, and in Mexico the day of a brief period."