History’s Lost Transoceanic Voyages: Tamils and Sumerians Among the FIRST to Reach Australia and Antarctica?— PART II
The Yala sculpture has a large ‘ga’ sign carved overhead. As with the Marambio effigy, each has the same three circles ‘se’, the two signs ‘ga’ and ‘se’ say “The Patron is Mighty”.
The box-like character with the vertical center-line, carved directly above the whole, represents the sign Gi i li: “The Progenitor of (many) people sends forth light”.
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Pecked into the base of the monument is the familiar star-wheel ‘Mash’ sign—a determinative placed before Divine Names. Does this sign infer we are looking at the monument of a Goddess?
The Eagle God Garuda Points the Way
Discovery of the near identical Yala Beach and Marambio sculptures suggests that both are almost certainly of Tamil origin; this argument is further supported by the fact that both the Marambio head and the head of the Eagle are conjoined, forming an important national icon of Tamil Nadu and of Sri Lanka.
The influence of the mighty Hindu Eagle God, 'Garuda', became so powerful that it crossed the Bay of Bengal and on to the islands of Indonesia: Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sumba and Timor where, even today, in these countries the eagle remains a national icon.
Statue of Garuda (Hyougushi / Hideyuki KAMON from National Museum in Delhi, India/ CC BY-SA 2.0 )
One can now hypothesize how this gradual cultural symbiosis of religion, language, and maritime trade eventually evolved into a ready-made line of communication whereby trans-oceanic voyaging could be undertaken without serious fatigue, disease, or starvation, and most importantly, without losing touch with a friendly landfall should conditions become unfavorable for onward travel... to Australia and the Antarctic? A very strong argument for the long-distance Tamil ‘waystation’ discovered along the Australian eastern seaboard. (see Plate 4)
Plate 10. The Yala Beach sculpture compared with that on Marambio Island. (see Plate 5) (Courtesy author)
The dark line appearing to separate the nose, mouth and chin from the main bust is caused by the stem of a small shrub growing out of the rocks below.
In conclusion I would like to express my most sincere thanks to Dr Clyde Winters for taking much of his valuable time to freely write his opinion piece and making an extremely important, and may I say, historical transliteration, of the ‘writing’ exposed on the Continent of Antarctica.
Top Image: Plate 1: Australian eastern seaboard (Google Earth), Statue of Garuda (Hyougushi / Hideyuki KAMON from National Museum in Delhi, India/ CC BY-SA 2.0 ) and Tamil inscriptions, Tamil Nadu. (Shivz Photography/ CC BY 2.0 ) Deriv.
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