In his paper Early America and Hindu Culture author Charles J. Ryan states, “Most Western writers have ignored the possibility of pre-Columbian travel between India and America by civilized expeditions by either the western or the eastern sea route or by both, but have concentrated attention on the possible emigration of early savage tribes from northern Asia across the Bering Straits perhaps more than 30,000 years ago. H. P. Blavatsky, however, and the ancient traditions mentioned, indicate that highly civilized persons came over to America from India at a later date, some even as recently as 5,000 years ago”.

Still, there are some writers who have researched and written about the many similarities between the culture of India, especially the Nagas and that of the Native Americans. Ryan states, “We are glad to find that a learned Hindu scholar, Mr. Chaman Lal, has at last taken it up and presented a mass of evidence in his deeply interesting volume of 247 pages entitled Hindu America, published by the New Book Co., Hornby Road, Bombay, in 1940. We are indebted to Dr. W. Y. Evans-Wentz for drawing our attention to this valuable corroboration of H. P. Blavatsky’s claim of an intimate connection between America and India some thousands of years before either the Norse or the Columbian rediscovery of the New World”.

In Mr. Chaman Lal’s book many pages were devoted to the Snake or Dragon (Naga) Cult of Hinduism and its close resemblance to the widespread Snake Cult of ancient America. Ryan also quotes extensively from Blavatsky’s work The Secret Doctrine. Referring to the similarity between the cultural likeness between the Nagas of India and many Native American tribes Blavatsky had stated:

“Such similarity cannot be attributed to coincidence. A new world is discovered, and we find that, for our forefathers of the Fourth Race, it was already an old one. That Arjuna, Krishna’s companion, is said to have descended into Patala, the “antipodes,” and therein married Ulupi, a Naga (or Nagini rather), the daughter of a king of the Nagas, Kauravya.” —                                                                                    
The Secret Doctrine, II, 213-4

“Ulupi (Sk.) A daughter of Kauravya, King of the Nagas in Patala (the nether world, or more correctly, the Antipodes, America). Exoterically, she was the daughter of a king or chief of an aboriginal tribe of the Nagas, or Nagals (ancient adepts) in pre-historic America — Mexico most likely, or Uruguay. She was married to Arjuna, the disciple of Krishna, whom every tradition, oral and written, shows travelling five thousand years ago to Patala (the Antipodes). The Puranic tale is based on a historical fact. Moreover, Ulupi, as a name, has a Mexican ring in it, like ‘Atlan’, ‘
Aclo’, etc. —                                                                              Theosophical Glossary

“Exoterically, the Nagas are semi-divine beings. . . . Yet there was a race of Nagas, said to be a thousand in number only, born or rather sprung from Kadra, Kasyapa’s wife, for the purpose of peopling Patala, which is undeniably America. … — II, 132.–

                                                        The Secret Doctrine

In this glimpse of a North American Cheyyene dance and in the Rengma Naga dance clip that follows one can see the likeness between the dance Native American and Naga dance forms . 

Compare the above with the clip of dance by the the Rengma Naga folk dancers of Nagaland, India.


1. Early America and Hindu Culture by Charles J. Ryan


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