In his book, ‘A new system: or, An analysis of Antient Mythology’, Jacob Bryant states, “Many places and regions held sacred …(were) called Coel by the Amonians. Syria… the true name was Coela, the heavenly or sacred. It was so denominated from the Cuthites, who settled there on account of the religion established. Hence it (Syria) was also named Shem, and Shama which are terms of like purport and signify divine, or heavenly.”

He further observes, “Elis Coela was the most sacred part of Greece, especially the regions of Olympia, Canconia and Azania.”

Edward Pococke, a historian from 18th century was of the view that Coela, on the Euboea Island in Greece, and Coela-Syria get their names from Mt. Kailash, the sacred abode of Lord Shiva and the seat of Kubera in the Himalayas.

He states in his book ‘India in Greece’,”..the Buddhas have brought with them into Thessaly the far famed mythological but equally historical name of ‘Cailas‘, the fabulous residence of Cuvera, the God of Wealth and the favourite haunt of Siva, placed by the Hindoos among the Himalayan mountains and applied to one of the loftiest peaks lying on the north of Manasa Lake…. and which the Greeks very faintly preserved in ‘Caila’ (Coela) immediately to the north of ‘Xunias Lake’ (Xynias) or lake of Cashmir….”. The lake dried out partially and was deserted by its inhabitants. Only an ancient citadel (Acropolis) stands there today.

Interestingly the name Euboea, the island on which Coela or Caila is located is of Sanskrit origin. Wikipedia says Εὔβοια (Euboea), derives from the words εὖ “good”, and βοῦς “ox”, meaning “the land of the well-fed oxen”. Thats Sanskrit. Eu is ‘su’ (सु) and βοῦς is ‘gau’ (गौ). Sugo (सुगो) is Sanskrit for ‘excellent cow’.

The Island of Euboea in Greece  where Caila or Coela is located. The sacred Mt. Caila or Coela in Greece gets its name from ‘Mt. Kailash’ in the Himalayas.

The theme here is that tribes from India in the distant past migrated to Greece over a period of time and took along with them the culture, the place names and history of India. Says Edward Pococke in his book, “The Greek language is a derivative of Sanscrit, therefore Sanscrit speaking people- i.e. Indians must have dwelt in Greece…”. This view is not commonly accepted by historians.

Gene Matlock has made the observation, “… Pococke’s book was too important for understanding the history of our world to be allowed to fall into oblivion.”

Suggested Links:
1 Click to download: .India in Greece by Edward Pococke
2.From Khyber (Kheeber) to Gran Quivira by Gene Matlock

3. A New System or, An Anaysis of Antient Mythology by Jacob Bryant

4.The Histories by Herodotus


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