Tuesday, December 13, 2011

False Correlations

Alice C. Linsley

There is a connection between Hinduism and the religion of Abraham's Kushite ancestors. This is because Noah's Kushite descendants established territories in India and took their languages, culture and religious practices with them. In this sense, African religion predates Hinduism.

There certainly are linguistic connections between Africa and India due to the Kushite expansion into India, Nepal, Siam and even China. The Aryans of India, on the other hand, did not built territories in the Nile Valley. Indians moving into Africa is a more recent development, although Dravidian-speaking peoples mined gold in Southern Africa in 1000 B.C.

Unfortunately, there is a good deal of mis-information about the connections between principal figures of Hinduism and principal characters of Genesis. Here are four examples:

Brahma is another name for Abraham

In Hinduism, Brahma and his wife Saraswati are considered the founders of the worlds. In Genesis, Abraham is said to be the father of many nations. This is historically accurate since Abraham had many children, among them nine sons. Such a claim in not made in Genesis for Sara, however, since she gave birth to only one child, Isaac.

There is evidence of a common conception about ancestors who found nations, but an etymological connection between Abraham and Brahma, and between Sarai and Saraswati has never been demonstrated. It is speculation based on a superficial understanding of the proto languages.

Brahma is derived from the Proto-Dravidian root brih, which means to swell or enlarge. It is a reference to the Creator God whose emblem, the sun, swells as it rises in the morning. There may be a connection to the ancient Egyptian root bn, meaning to swell, but there is not an evident connection to the name Abraham which is an Afro-Arabian name.

The Old Arabic word for the swelling of the sun is yakburu, meaning “he is getting big” and with the intensive active prefix: yukabbiru, it means "he is enlarging." This has little connection to the name Abraham. However, it is rleated to the Proto-Dravidian word for a Sun temple, which is O-piru. Dravidian temples typically face east. The morning ritual of the priests was to greet the rising sun and watch as it expanded or swelled on the horizon.

The Saraswati is another name for Sara

Sara is a Nilotic name. It means laughter. Genesis 18:13 reports that Sara laughed when she heard that she would bring forth a son in her old age. The association of laughter with the name Sara is suggested by several Afro-Asiatic languages. The verb to laugh in Hausa, a Chadic language, is dara. Dara and Sara may be regarded as cognates since the letters d and s are interchangeable in Dravidian and many African languages.

The largest population group in Chad is the Sara. Sara society is organized by patrilineal descent from a common male ancestor. There is a 3-clan confederation such as characterizes Abraham's people. The qir ka are the eastern Sara, the qin ka are those living in central Chad, and the qel ka are the western groups. The Sara make up to 30% of Chad's population. About one-sixth of them are Christians and live in southern Chad.

Sarah is also a title, meaning queen. It is related to the Akkadian word for king which is Ć arru.

Gayatri is another name for Keturah

In Hinduism, Brahma's second wife is Gayatri. Attempts have been made to connect Gayatri with Abraham's second wife, Keturah. This assertion has no linguistic support. Ketu-ra means the Ketu people/tribe of Ra (God). The Ketu are Jebusites.

Hagar is another name for the Ghaggar River

Ghaggar is not Hagar. It is comprised of the words ghag-gar. The word ghag (also spelled khag) means reed, and gar means hidden. This is a description of how this tributary of the Sarasvati dries up seasonally. It flows only during the Monsoon season.

Related reading: The Afro-Asiatic Dominion; Who Were the Kushites?; The Cultural Unity of Dravidian and African Peoples by Dr. Clyde A. Winters


Alice C. Linsley said...

It should be noted that many rivers have "Sar" or Sara" as part of their names. Examples include the Sarawat River and the Saribas River in Borneo. Sarawat is also the name of the mountain range that borders the Red Sea in Yemen.

Anonymous said...

Interesting what the Zohar says about this subject: http://thenutgarden.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/wisdom-of-the-east-2/

Alice Linsley said...

The religion of Abraham’s Nilo-Saharan ancestors is older than that of early Vedic religion.

The Zohar does not recognize that Abraham was not a Jew. He was a Horite. This is why Jews call their ancestors “Horim.”

Sent-away sons are part of the marriage and ascendancy pattern of the Horites. This drove expansion out of Africa. Nimrod was a sent-away son of Kush who built his kingdom in the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley. All the great heroes of the Bible were sent-away sons: Cain, the first ruler; Abraham; Jacob; Joseph and Moses.