The Guanche

Excerpt from Chapter 4a of the book “Atlantis and the Garden of Eden”. Copyright Frederick Dodson.

If the sunken island Atlantis really was in the Atlantic Ocean, we must be able to find remains, even if the event occurred 12,000 years ago. Furthermore, there should be striking similarities found between the cultures bordering the central Atlantic. So it makes sense to look at Ireland, England, France, Spain and North Africa for the descendants of Atlantis. And if it is true that the flood swept over the Mediterranean and reached all the way to Turkey, it would make sense to look at Greece, Turkey and the Levant as well. These are the geographical targets of this chapter.

4.a      The Guanches of the Canary Islands

The now extinct Guanche culture of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic provides a good starting point for our exploration. Their mysterious origins and the anomalies in their language, as well as their reddish hair, show that they do not fit the normal pattern of the area. On Tenerife there are numerous statues to commemorate the rulers of these almost legendary people. They are portrayed as heroic and athletic-looking sea-people, some of whom are holding tridents (even though no evidence of seafaring was found among their scarce remains).

The ancient Romans who reached Tenerife report that the island was full of curious ruins of an unknown civilization. None of these ruins can be found today.

The Guanches were visited (and thus recorded) by Phoenicians, Romans, and Carthagians among others. An 11th Century Arabic account, for example, is as follows:


“…after having reached an area of “sticky and stinking waters”, the Mugharrarin moved back and first reached an uninhabited Island (Madeira or Hierro), where they found “a huge quantity of sheep, which its meat was bitter and inedible” and, then, “continued southward” and reached another island where they were soon surrounded by barks and brought to “a village whose inhabitants were often fair haired with long and flaxen hair and the women of a rare beauty”. Among the villagers, one did speak Arabic and asked them where they came from. Then the king of the village ordered them to bring them back to the continent where they were surprised to be welcomed by Berbers.”


It is perhaps noteworthy that the Guanches were among the very few cultures that did not accept Columbus and other Spanish invaders – they fought back and were consequently not ruled by the Spanish. Their language and culture appear to be related to that of the Berbers of North Africa, which is likely considering the physical proximity. However, as not a shred of evidence of seafaring or boats was found, their connection to the Berbers must be quite ancient.

The anomaly of the Guanche lies in the linguistic relationship to Dravidian. Dravidian languages (such as Tamil and Malayalam) are normally confined to South India and Sri Lanka, and occur nowhere else. While the connection has not yet been acknowledged by many linguists, there are independent researchers who have already pointed out the thousands of words that seem to be derivative of Dravidian. How or why a culture living in the Atlantic Ocean with no sign of boats, ships or having crossed the oceans in thousands of years would have aspects of this language is a mystery. Unless we assume that Atlantis was a global pre-flood civilization that shared one language. Or perhaps they are the descendants of post-flood seafarers from India. Below are only a few examples of many hundreds of linguistic similarities between the Guanche and Dravidian languages, sourced from the book Linguistic Archaeology by Edo Nyland:


Guanche Meaning Dravidian Meaning
achaman heaven ox-am-an the upper expanse
achano year ajja-no time division
achicaxna people acchi-sagina lowly crowd
achimencey king’s relative acchi-menka king’s relatives
achit long live, hail akchi, agi-t hail
achimayek mother, grandmother acchi-mayi-ek Great Mother of God
achoron earth achurun marshy land
ahico leather shirt ayi-kov breast cover
ahof milk ay-ubi breast food
amulan lard am-ullu liquid fat
ahoren barley bread av-ari baked-barley
añepa royal staff anne-pal royal staff
ara goat ar goat
armenine grasslands aram-meyni grazing field
banot javelin ihpa-not sharp-javelin
beñasmen crop, harvest feast panna-as-men ripe fruit crop
bucio conch trumpet pucci spurt of sound
cancha dog kunchi red dog
ere pond eri pond
ganigo pot, jar kann-iku water vessel
gofio bread guvi-u parched sweet cake
goro corral gor-o sheep pen
guan man gand hero, male
guanamene prophet, seer kan-amani father seer
guanar-teme king of the nation gan(d)-ak-tempe king of the nation
guañac country, nation gan(d)-ak land of the heroes
guanil loose cattle kan-iyal loose cattle
guayca leather legging kay-ka leg protection
guayota the devil kay-ota the fiery lord
gujon ship kuccham mast
hachichey peas, beans a-chik-kay edible beans
haña sheep herd ana, kana flock, herd
irichen wheat, grain arichi rice, grain
magec god (the sun) mangeh bull = Shiva
mencey king menkay king
mocan type of fruit manka mango
quevehi your highness cevvai your highness
sigoñe captain, chief cek-kon head leader
tabone knife tarpuni knife, blade
tagoror council, takkor worthy persons
tajaraste name of dance takcha-arasati royal dance
tamazanona barley mixed with ground meat tam-acchana-anna food made of ground grain and ground meat
tamaragua good morning itam-eruka promising morning
tamarco goatskin dress atta-makar goat skin
tano, taro barley, grain (t)aru grain, food
tenique flexible mace tanka, donik mace
toya fern tai tender edible sprouts
teme king ? tempe chieftain
vacaguare I prefer to die vaka-k-ari I choose to die
xerco sandals cherpu sandals
xaco mummy, corpse chacchu corpse

Guanche Toponyms and Theonyms (Interpretation in Dravidian)


“The Dravidian etymologies for these names are tentative and are offered as evidence of the explanatory power of that language.”


Guanche Etymology or Place Dravidian Etymology or Place
Acentejo falling waters a-cem-tiyu place of water fall
Aguare Paradise (valley) akar-e celestial heights
Añaze Name of beach aniy-acha beautiful beach
Anaga kingdom in Tenerife an-aka supreme
Arautapola city of Taoro kingdom Arayata-poly Royal City
Atidamane Name of great queen atti-tamman mother of the people
Benahoare my land (M)ena-(kh)are my country
Bimbache people from Hierro Vin-bach land of the brave
Canarias Island of the dogs cham-ari island of Cham
Chenech, Chinech name on Tenerife che-nek pure land
Echeyde (Teyde) the luminous one Ecch-eyd white, fiery mountain
Gomera one of the Canaries Gomeda fat cattle
Guachimara royal princess kaci-mara golden beauty
Guanche purified by fire Cham-che the golden heroes
Guan-Chenech of chenek, Guanches gan(d)-che-nek pure land
Hero Hierro, Ferro Hiera holy
Magec the sun as god Machek dark sun = Vishnu
Maxorata Fuerta Venture Macchu-irata golden abode
Tacaronte Guanche realm ita-koruntu land of fat cattle
Tamaran Gran Canaria ita-maram land of the braves
Taoro kingdom of Tenerife ita-oru land of union
Tenerife white mountain tin-eriv shiny mountain


Edo Nyland mentions that a similar list could be made of the connections between the Basque language and Guanche. The connections between Basques, Guanches, Berbers and South Indians are interesting. The link between Hinduism and Atlantean mythology will be shown repeatedly in what follows.

The Guanches shared a commonality with the Egyptians in that they embalmed and mummified their dead. The lower class Guanches were buried in sandy graves and the upper class were mummified and settled into secluded caves.

The Guanches worshipped a goddess by the name of Chaxiraxi and a sun god named Magec. The Supreme Source God of the universe was called Achaman. There was also a “son of God” called Chijoraji.

Two of the telltale signs of Atlantean culture, as I have found, are extremely massive stones (megaliths and monoliths), as well as petroglyphs of concentric circles.

This is one such petroglyph from the Canaries:

atlantis spirals


My personal view (derived from comparison with other ‘Atlantean’ cultures) is that they are symbolic depictions of sunken Atlantis, engraved in stone to commemorate its demise. Plato described Atlantis as being built in the form of numerous walled concentric circles.

Compared to other Atlanteans, not much remains of the Guanches. The reason for this, in my view, is that the impact of the Deluge was the strongest in the Atlantic and the weakest in Anatolia and the Mideast. In fact, only those who had travelled some distance away in special boats or had reached the peaks of mountains were likely to survive. Owing to the Dravidian connection, I actually doubt that the Guanches were natives of the Atlantic, or that anyone at all residing in that location at the time would have survived.