Friday, March 21, 2014
Sunken Lands in Indian Ocean
In past posts I have written of the sunken lands in the Indian Ocean pre-1530 AD and of the land of Habor (Heber/ Khaibor/ Hiver) in Inland Australia (known as the Third India). I wrote of the accounts of Friar Odovic, Sir John Mandeville and Marco Polo in the 14th century and of the account of David Reubeni of the 16th century. Recently I also reread the account of the great Jewish traveler Benjamin of Tudela of the 12th century in which he also describes Khaibor as the homeland of the Tribes of Gad, Reuben and Manesseh. The description of Khaibor and the lands before one reaches Khaibor lead me to believe that there must have been lands south-east of Yemen that have now sunken into the sea that were ruled over by a Prince or King Solomon and his brother Prince Chanan in the late 12th century. From the desert of Yemen the journey to these Israelite lands was a journey of 21 days.
Imagine my surprise when I firstly read about the discovery of sunken lands the size of Tasmania found 1600 kilometres west of Perth in the Indian Ocean. It is also interesting that the authorities are looking for the lost Malaysian plane in this same area. Then I read of the so-called sunken continent of Mauritia discovered stretching from Madagascar to the Seychelles Islands to India. This was the perfect location of these lands described by Benjamin of Tudela. The news reported stated: " It isn’t quite Atlantis, but scientists from Norway, Germany and Britain have found what they say is a lost continent that they’ve named Mauritia at the bottom of the Indian Ocean...The strip of continent, now at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, once connected Madagascar, the island archipelago of Seychelles and India. As tectonic movement shifted the land masses apart, the connective tissue of Mauritia was pushed to the bottom of the Ocean, where it was shredded and partially consumed by underwater volcanos...". The scientists state that it is part of a bigger continent they call Rodinia. It would seem this sunken land of Mauritia is called Tehama by Benjamin of Tudela. It lies over a thousand kilometres south-east of Yemen. It would seem that Telmas is situated on or just off the ancient coast of Western Australia (which is now under the sea). It would seem to only lie 500 kilometres west of ancient Kedar (which extended out from the lower South West for hundreds of kilometres). The Southern Hemisphere before the great sinkings between 1350-1530 AD was very different and India once extended much further south and Australia much further west.
One sails from Al-Yemen [Arabia] to the south east over 3000 kilometres to the port city of Tehama [near northern Madagascar] on the Island of Thema or Aram Rehob. From Tehama one sails to the northern mountains [Seychelles]. In the north which has a desert climate live the Muslim Arabs who unite with the Jews in the South on raids to the north east on Yemen [Muslim Arab Java and Sumatra]. However it is also possible that the area south of the Seychelles and Somalia were still connected with a desert land bridge and this desert was known as the desert of Sheba or Saba. Before 1530 and the cataclysmic events of this time this area of Tehama may have been closer to Somalia. It also possible that the Seychelles were further north closer to India before 1530. When the land between the Seychelles and Madagascar sunk it drew the Seychelles south.
To the east of Thema is the Island of Telmas which has a port city on its western side called Thanaejm and on the far eastern side is the city of Telmas. From the city of Telmas it is a 3 day sail to the port city of Jeda (Joppa/ Java) on the pre-1530 coast of Western Australia and then an 18 day journey through the deserts to the city of Khaibor in Inland Australia on the edge of the Shallow Inland Sea.
Benjamin writes: "...At twenty-one days' journey through the desert of Sheba, or Al-Yemen, from which Mesopotamia lies in a northerly direction, are the abodes of the Jews who are called Beni (children of) Rechab, men of Thema. The seat of their government is at Thema (or Tehama), where their prince and governor rabbi Chanan resides. This city is large, and the extent of their country is sixteen days' journey toward the northern mountain range. They possess large and strong cities and are not subject to any of the Gentiles, but undertake warlike expeditions into distant provinces with the Arabians, their neighbors and allies, to take the spoil and the prey. These Arabians are Bedouins, who live in tents in the deserts and have no fixed abode, and who are in the habit of undertaking marauding expeditions into the province of Yemen. The Jews are a terror to their neighbors. Their country being very extensive, some of them cultivate the land and rear cattle. A number of studious and learned men, who spend their lives in the study of the law, are maintained by the tithes of all produce, part of which is also employed toward sustaining the poor and the ascetics, called "Mourners of Sion" and "Mourners of Jerusalem." These eat no meat and abstain from wine, dress always in black, and live in eaves or in low houses, and keep fasts all their lives except on Sabbaths and holy-days. They continually implore the mercy of God for the Jews in exile, and devoutly pray that he may have compassion on them for the sake of his own great Dame; and they also include in their prayers all the Jews of Tehama and of Telmas. The latter contains about one hundred thousand Jews, who are governed by Prince Salomon, who, as well as his brother, Prince Chanan, are descendants of the royal house of David, who rests in peace, which is proved by their pedigrees. In doubtful cases they solicit the decisions of the prince of the captivity, and set aside forty days of every year, during which they go in rent clothes, and keep fasts, and pray for all the Jews who live in exile.
The province of which Thanaejm is the metropolis contains forty cities, two hundred villages, and one hundred small towns, and is inhabited by about three hundred thousand Jews. Thanaejm is a very strong city, fifteen square miles in extent, and large enough to allow agriculture to be carried on within its boundaries; within which are also situated the palace of Prince Salomon, and many gardens and orchards. Telmas is also a city of considerable magnitude; it contains about one hundred thousand Jews, is strongly fortified, and situated between two very high mountains. Many of its inhabitants are well informed, wise, and rich. The distance from Telmas to Chaibar is three days' journey. It is reported that these Jews are of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, who were led away captives by Shalmaneser, King of Ashur, and who repaired into these mountainous regions, where they erected the above-named large and strong cities. They carried on war with many kingdoms, and are not easily to be reached because of their situation, which requires a march of eighteen days through uninhabited deserts, and thus renders them difficult of access.
Chaibar is also a very large city, and contains among its fifty thousand Jewish inhabitants many learned scholars. The people of this city are valiant, and engaged in wars with the inhabitants of Mesopotamia [Chinese Mongol Empire], with those of the northern districts [north of Australia], and with those of Yemen [Muslim Arabs of Java and Sumatra], who live near them; the latter province borders on India [Middle India/ Andaman]. It is a distance of twenty-five days' journey from the country of these Jews to on the river Virah, in Yemen [called the Rio Grande by the Portuguese separating Australia and pre-1530 Java], which place contains about three thousand Jews...".
It would seem that someone has tried to rearrange Benjamin's accounts and thus confused them. (see Contradictions regarding the travels of Benjamin of Tudela).
Benjamin associates these Indian-ocean lands as Aram Rehob a kingdom mentioned firstly in the days of King David. Among them are a group of pious Jews who wear black and are devoted to 'great Dame or Lady' who is the Shekhinah/ Zohar and her earthly representative the Sheban (Amazon) Queen. They were the remnant of devout Torah observant Jewish Christians, who remained in the Jewish community. Some of them moved to Spain (taking their book the Zohar with them) and others to Poland bringing with them their custom of wearing black as "Mourners of Zion". Since then the custom of wearing black has spread widely among orthodox Jews.
Instead of the millions of years ago, these lands were still above the surface in the 12th century. Did the events surrounding the sinking of Mauritia (Tehama) occur in 1350 or 1530? Or did it happen in stages between these two dates. It is only after 1530 that the Indian Ocean we know today took shape. At this time in the 1170's Rajadhiraja Chola II / Jadaron the first Christian Cholan (Soli) Emperor of the Three Indies was reigning and Benjamin of Tudela calls him Prester John (Pandyan). Benjamin also speaks of Middle India or Aden which refers to Indonesia and the Andaman Islands (which was one bigger island in those days) not modern day Aden near the modern state of Yemen.
Were the Davidic princes Solomon of Telmas and Chanan of Thema actually the sons of Prester John whose grandfather was Prince David of Georgia? They were probably his sons by his first wife who was a Jewish Princess and sister to the Exilarch Solomon ben Hisdai. Their half-brother Vikkirama Pandyan was the son of his second wife Princess Pandia. Solomon (Soli) I married the fair-haired and pale white skinned Princess and heiress of the Rubani (Albani/ Lebanah) of Australia. Their son David (Dodi) I Rubani King of the Rubani, the Gadi and the Mani was the ancestor of King Solomon (Soli) IV Rubani (Lubani/ Lebani). His brother Prince Judah (Yudi) Lubani was the father of Rabbi Isaac Lubaton of Allepo whose family moved West to Syria to remain faithful to Judaism in the 15th century. Other members of the nation under King Joseph (Yosi) III Rubani and Prince David Rubani (sons of King Solomon V Rubani) moved to Afghanistan and embraced Islam. Rav Isaac Lubaton was the great-grandfather of Rav Judah Leb (Loewe) the Maharal and brought the very pale skin and blonde hair into the famous Rabbinic families of Europe .
Spanish accounts from the 16th century mention big, beared, white men called the Lequios (Hebrew Likkot means gleaners) in the Philippines who traded in silver and gold with their own fleet of ships. These were the men of the Tribe of Gad from Australia. Today 40 percent of Filipinos are male line descendants of these men of Gad [ydna O-M119].
see Marco Polo and the Lost Continent
Posted by Catholic Jew at 7:27 PM