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SHRI RAMA IN LATIN AMERICA ~ GAUTEMALA ..!!

SHRI RAMA IN LATIN AMERICA ~ GAUTEMALA ..!!

Q. SHRI RAMA IN LATIN AMERICA ~ GAUTEMALA ..!!

A. GAUTEMALA … KETUMALA IS MENTIONED IN RAMAYANA ALSO !!

JEWELS OF BHARATAM ……SERIES [TM]

SHREE RAMA’S COURT…AS SHOWN IN GAUTEMALA !!!

HINDU SANATANA VEDIC CULTURE WAS FOLLOWED IN LATIN AMERICA’S … before christianity destroyed them .

One of the most remarkable finds has been the deciphering of what is the archaeological sculpture ‘Panel 3 of Piedras Negras’ in Guatemala.

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Panel No. 3 of Piedras Negras, Guatemala,depicts the coronation of the ‘Hero Twins’ of ‘Popul Voh’. Their story has a remarkable likeness to the story of ‘Luv and Kush’, the twins of ‘Ramayana’. In the panel, the two young boys on the right could be ‘Luv’ and ‘Kush’. In the centre is Sri Rama. On the left are Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrugna.

The Incan festival ‘Rama-Sitva’ celebrated on the Winter Solstice Day gets its name from the Hindu God King, Sri Rama and his wife, Goddess Sita. The Winter Solstice Day is celebrated in June in Peru. (Peru lies in the southern Hemisphere and the winter solstice day falls in June).

The festival is also referred to as ‘Rama Sitva’ is also known as ‘Inti-Raymi’. It is said that the name ‘Inti Raymi’ comes from the ancient South American Quechua language and means ‘resurrection of the sun’. According to Incan mythology, Inti was the Sun god, son of Vira-cocha (वीर- कोच), creator of civilization. In the Hindu tradition Virochana (विरोचन) is the name for ‘Sun’ and also ‘Sun God’. As an adjective ‘virochana’ in Sanskrit means ‘illuminating’, ‘brightening’ or ‘shining’.

Scholars generally accept that this glyph is a representation of Yax Balam (or Xbalanqué, one of the Hero Twins) from the Popol Vuh. Popol Vuh (Book of Community) is a corpus of historical narratives of the ancient Incan kingdoms of Guatemala and its surrounding areas, and as is customary, this narrative too is dismissed as myth by mainline historians.

Popul Voh features among other stories, description of the ‘creation of the world’, a description of the ‘great flood’, the epic tales of the Hero Twins named Hunahpu and Xbalanque, and the genealogies of the God Kings of ancient lands that include present day Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia and Belize. To those who have read the Indian Epic Valmiki Ramayana, the above mentioned list of descriptions and stories are the same as that contained in Book-I (Bala Kanda) of the Ramayana.

In the context of the Popul Voh, the text in Panel No. 3 of Piedras Negras has been interpreted as the depiction of the throne accession or coronation ceremony of the Hero Twins, the description of the palace and those attending the ceremony. For more on the interpretation of the text inscribed on the many sculpture panels of Piedras Negras click here.

The Ramayana however sheds more light. If we were to interpret ‘Piedras Negras Panel No. 3’ as the depiction of the coronation of the Hero Twins, the twins of Popul Voh might just be the equivalent of Luva & Kush of the Ramayana. On the panel (see picture above) they can be identified as the two young boys standing on the right hand side. Just behind them are seen two lady attendants. In the centre, seated on the throne is Sri Rama, and on the left hand side are three men, identified as Lakshman with folded arms, with Bharat in the centre and Shatrugana on the outer-left.

This interpretation gets credence from the fact that there are other indicators that point to the fact that in ancient times, there was contact between India and the ancient civilizations of South America.

Ancient Indian texts have mapped the world from different perspectives. For example, the Bramha Purana describes the world geography from the perspective of the four directions. It says that the world is divided into seven islands (continents) divided by seven seas. One of the islands is Jambudvipa (India) which is at the center. To the east of Jambudvipa is Ketumala, to the north is Uttarakuru, to the west lies Bhadravarsha and to the south lies Ramyakavarsha.

Many scholars have identified ‘Ketumala’ with Guatemala. Though the indian christianity influenced historians do not accept this argument, but it is a fact that a place by the name ‘Ketumala’, spelled ‘Chetumala’ does exist in Mexico today. The Vishnu Purana mentions that Ketumala is situated to the far west of Jambudvipa.

The Bramha Purana also describes the world in terms of ‘above the surface’ and the ‘world under’ called ‘Patala’ that is present day South America.

In the Ramayana, Goddess Sita is said to be ‘Dharti Putri’ born of ‘Mother Earth’, and, as the story of Ramayana closes, Sita returns to the fold of ‘Mother Earth’. It may just have been that Sita belonged to ‘Patala’ which was interpreted as ‘world under’, but really pointed towards the mighty kingdoms of the ancient South America.

In fact in the Ramayana, there is a host of indicators that point towards a connection with Peru and its neighbouring countries. The most remarkable of this is Sugriva’s description of the route map to the ‘vanara commando brigade’ going east from India. They go far enough in the eastern direction, crossing oceans and reaching all the way to the ‘Udaya’ (identified as the Andes) mountains via ‘Shalmali Dvipa’ (Australia).

by Rayvi Kumar

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