notice the large number of Hindu names in South America, especially on the Western Coast of that continent. The early maps of the world were just projections of Claudius Ptolemy’s maps which showed all the known world up to and including the western coast of South America.
(Quote) The greater part of the geographical names that Ptolemy gives to…American lands are of Hindu origin, and this indicates that Hindu merchants were those who once arrived in the greatest numbers in America, a fact confirmed by archeological excavations, but there are some local names that seem to correspond to American indigenous languages, as that of the Ambastus River, and the village of Sarata, of Quechua-Aymara origin, which even today exist as geographical names. If this is true, they are the first indigenous American names known in history...toward the south of Ecuador, in what is now the northern coast of Peru, there is an (ancient) port city having the name of Cattigara, of Hindu origin. (Unquote.) (La Representación de América en Mapas Romanos de Tiempos de Cristo, by Dick Edgar Ibarra Grasso; pp. 39-40.) Note: Cattigara is Chan-Chan.
Evidently, Mr. Ibarra Grasso did not know that Sarata derives from another name of the goddess Sarasvati: Sarada. One of Sarasvati’s other epithets, meaning “sacred waters, places, etc,” was Vac/Bac, which was generally known from the American Southwest as far as South America: Vac; Bac; Huac; Huaca.
Again, I quote Ibarra Grasso: …civilization in the entire world must have spread from the same point of origin, in inner Asia, and from there it must have extended on one side toward Europe, and arriving in the Americas by the transpacific route.
…all the indigenous civilizations of the Americas, with regard to their cultural characteristics, and partly because of the physiological traits of their bearers and their languages, landed on our shores from those (transpacific) routes…(Unquote; Ibid; p. 18.)
Another proof that medieval mapmakers copied many of their ideas about geography from the Hindus was the mistaken notion that Australia was the Hindu “underworld” of Patali or Patala. But the Hindus did not know of a North or South Pole per se. For them, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir and Tibet were the location of the mountain peak at the top of the world, Mt. Meru or, in our way of thinking, “The Eastern Hemisphere Pole”. For them, the “Western Hemisphere Pole” was a mythical mountain in what is now America, called Ameru or Amaru. The Ca or Ka, as in “Ameri-Ca” or “Amaru-Ka, identified the so-called “Western Hemisphere Pole,” i.e. America, as the property of India. One of the greatest geographical myths of all time is that America was named in honor of Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian cartographer, who coincidentally had an “America-like” name. A powerful Peruvian tribe were calling themselves Amari-Kan, long before Amerigo Vespucci upstaged them: the Aymaras or Amaras. You may be interested in knowing that one name of the Phoenicians was Amarru or Amorite. I have absolutely no doubt that somewhere in the Peruvian Andes, there is a mountain peak called Amara or Ameru. However, it may not be the Ameru that is the real navel of the Western Hemisphere. Just as in the Eastern Hemisphere, we have a Mt. Meru in Tanzania, Africa, pyramids called M’ru in Egypt, a Mt. Moria in Israel, and the like, there may be several Mt. Amerus in the Americas.
I'll try and past you the copies of the old Pococke maps showing how the names and tribes of Northern India were transplanted Greece. It seems almost impossible to believe that the Hopis and the Greeks are related!