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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mayan and Dravidian-Linguistics and Anthropology

Okay, first off, I hope my readers know about the theory of Pangaea
Pangea was the huge mass of land which included all continents when they were stuck together.This Pangaea then split and separated with the ocean forming a natural barrier between the split landmasses thus leading to continents. 
This theory is very important in Anthropology coz this explains how in each continent similar species managed to evolve especially since certain species don't have the capacity to cross over oceans eg, humans and elephants , crocodiles etc. 
Of course, since birds do migrate over oceans it might have been possible for certain species to have moved to another continent even after Pangaea split up , but then humans prolly migrated to various continents prior to when Pangaea split.Because we ofcourse are not able to physically swim across oceans without any aid and the Pangaea theory is the only one that can explain how similar humans exist in different continents though separated by large oceans which act as natural barriers for migration.
        Why am i babbling on and on about Pangaea?
See, I was watching this movie with Mayan dialogues(yes, you guessed it right, Apocalypto) and then suddenly realized that some words in Mayan are pronounced the same way and mean the same too as some words in Dravidian.
  For some of you not in the know,Dravidian languages are as old or even older than Mayan languages.Mayan is south American and partly north American as well, while Dravidian is south east Asian and south Asian in origin. For eg. The word kattu, means tie up both in Mayan and Dravidian origin language.Tamil being one of the oldest languages of the world which has a written grammar instruction booklet is a Dravidian language. Both Mayan and Tamil are still spoken by population groups in the world.only , the quality and the vocabulary differ quite a bit from what they were spoken centuries ago.
Also speaking of the similarity between Mayan and Dravidian languages, I also realized that there is physical similarities too. Both Mayan and Dravidian races-The pure races are of a bronze to dark skin toned short stumpy sturdy people with almost almond shaped eyes and dark hair and eye color. of course, due to mass migration, very few pure gened Dravidian or Mayans exist anymore, but then, yes, the pure races are also quite similar in some physical characteristics.
  Which is why i spoke of the Pangaea theory...prolly the same group of people migrated across land to reach south India or vice versa..Ya know.. Anything is possible. History is after all speculation and hypothesis which may or may not be true.


bala ck said...

im from tamilnadu and im a dravidian. sounds really interesting.... but language transactions in trade of those days is also possible.... even now i found lotts of tamil words in global oceanic trading.

LeCinqBlog said...

sorry for such a delay in getting around to noticing that you posted a comment and then approving it for publishing.
Yes, "trade", especially across seas, or trade along the silk route or other such business routes, is one big reason in WORLD HISTORY for common words to occur in varied languages spoken in regions all along those business routes.There are examples of how some cooking techniques or recipes traveled along these trade routes too.
Having said that...MAYAN is far too ancient ...ancient enough to not have allowed a trade route to them.They were quite a secluded group of people ,which is why I suspect that the common words were probably from an even earlier incident, than when trade across sea or land happened.
Thanks for the comment.Cheers.

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