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:
|achaman||heaven||ox-am-an||the upper expanse|
|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|
|ahico||leather shirt||ayi-kov||breast cover|
|añepa||royal staff||anne-pal||royal staff|
|beñasmen||crop, harvest feast||panna-as-men||ripe fruit crop|
|bucio||conch trumpet||pucci||spurt of sound|
|ganigo||pot, jar||kann-iku||water vessel|
|gofio||bread||guvi-u||parched sweet cake|
|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|
|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|
|mocan||type of fruit||manka||mango|
|quevehi||your highness||cevvai||your highness|
|sigoñe||captain, chief||cek-kon||head leader|
|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|
|vacaguare||I prefer to die||vaka-k-ari||I choose to die|
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|
|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:
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.