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COMPARISON OF THE DRAVIDIAN AND GUANCHE LANGUAGES

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COMPARISON OF THE DRAVIDIAN *

AND GUANCHE LANGUAGES



 

          In his book, Linguistic Archaeology, Edo Nyland (email) compared the Dravidian language with that of Guanche.   He stated that, “Guanche is the name of the language which was spoken by the native population of the Canary Islands until the Spaniards came and massacred a large number of the inhabitants around 1,500 A.D. Mr. Arysio Nunes dos Santos discovered a relationship between Guanche and Dravidian, similar to what the eminent linguist Dr. N. Lahovary had described between Basque and Dravidian in his book: “Dravidian Origins and the West. What we are likely dealing with in these languages is remnants of the original language spoken in the Neolithic Sahara. This happened at the time of the disastrous desertification of that part of the world (see Climate), which had scattered the population to almost all ocean shores of the earth. That original language is not the same, of course, as the Basque spoken today, but a much earlier form of it, without the invented, formulaically enhanced VCV vocabulary added in. “

 

          Nyland also noted that a few linguists have identified a large number of languages which also belong to this group: Numidian, Tuareg, Western Berber (Zenaga), Northern Berber (Tamahac), Southern Berber (Tamazheq), Eastern Berber (Siwa, Awjila-Sokna, Ghadames), Atlas (Shilha, Tamazight), Kabyle, Zenati (19 dialects) several of them still spoken. To this Neolithic group must also be added the large group of Dravidian languages spoken in India by some 160 million people, the Ainu language of Northern Japan with 17,000 speakers and Ancient Egyptian (extinct), including Coptic, which is still spoken as a liturgical language. Even the Polynesian languages seem to fit in this group.

 

          Nyland found that Arysio Nunes collected as many Guanche words as possible and then compared them with Dravidian. Dravidian equivalents were obtained from “A Dravidian Etymological Dictionary” by T. Burrows and M.B. Emeneau (Oxford 1984). Arysio added that one should pay attention to the phonetic correspondences only, disregarding the actual spelling, because of the Dravidian alphabet being different from the Roman one adopted for the Guanche language. It must be assumed that he did his work well, because Nyland was unable to verify it.  The condition for using Arysio’s material is that the following address be cited:

 

http://www.atlan.org/articles/dravida/index.html

 

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
 

 

          Nyland continued that “A similar Guanche-Basque list could easily be made, e.g. achimencey (king’s relative) relates to atxikidura (family relation), achaman (heaven) comes close to akabu (death, supreme), ara (goat) and Basque aragi (meat), kara (goat) and Basque kara (in heat), Arautapola (capital of the Taoro kingdom) and Basque arautu (to legislate) etc. It looks to me like Guanche is derived from the original, unmanipulated Saharan language, just like Basque, Berber, Tuareg and Ainu.”

 

EDO NYLAND’S ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

 

          “Arysio Nunes dos Santos, the author of the above word comparisons, expresses amazement at the fact that Guanche and Dravidian, separated by such a huge gap in both time and space, still resemble each other so closely. He attributes this to the fact that both races were fairly well sheltered from alien contact and influence, the Dravidians down to the present, the Guanches down to the extinction of their culture at the end of the 15th century. He goes on to speak about the relationship to the Aryan languages, which is where he and I part ways. He is convinced that the Guanches were blond, blue-eyed people, just like the Aryans and that they came from Java or Sumatra in Indonesia. Having been in both these places, I can assure the reader that there are no blond, blue-eyed and tall tribes in Indonesia that even remotely resemble the blond people of Europe. “

 

         “ I find it very hard to believe that any of the original Guanches was blond and blue eyed. Virtually all blond people are Rh-positive. The Berbers from Morocco are Rh-negative and they have been sailing this part of the ocean for well over 12,000 years. The nearest blond people were the Shardana from Cyrenaica (Kirru-unai-ika) in eastern Libya and they concentrated their activities in the Black Sea, not the Atlantic ocean. There is no evidence of these two very different races mixing in the Canaries until the blond Spaniards arrived. It will take some convincing to believe that the original Guanches were blond. Until then it would be best to consider that they were dark-featured Berbers.”

 

 
 

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For further detail, please refer to:

 

          Nyland, Edo.  2001.  Linguistic Archaeology: An
               Introduction.   Trafford Publ., Victoria, B.C., Canada.
               ISBN 1-55212-668-4. 541 p. [ see abstract & summary]

 

          Nyland, Edo.  2002.  Odysseus and the Sea Peoples: A

               Bronze Age History of Scotland  Trafford Publ., Victoria,

               B.C., Canada.  307 p.   [see abstract & summary].
 
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