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Both ethonologist Elsdon Best and Edward Tregear express confusion over a perceived contradiction in apparent Maori influences from India. These arise out of artifacts that had been discovered in New Zealand, such as a bell inscribed with Tamil writing, but with little direct evidence among the Maori of celebration of Hindu gods. (Actually, the placement of stones, painted red, has been cited by some sources and that was a traditional icon of the elephant god Ganesha in India).

However, that same circumstance of Tamil words but minimal overt connection to Hinduism goes hand-in-hand with other Maori parallels to Dogon culture. It becomes sensible based on a path of transmission for both the Maori and Dogon traditions that would have shared very early influences with traditions in ancient India, but that would have departed from the region prior to the Hinduism's rise in India.

The Dogon cosmology which is strictly oral, not written, is largely given in words that have correlates in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic language. That circumstance is consistent with Dogon ritual practices which consistently reflect those known to have existed in Egypt at around 3000 BC, around the predynastic/dynastic boundary, just prior to the first appearance of written language there. However, certain Dogon cosmological words have counterparts in the modern Turkish language, in the Dravidian languages, in the Dongba language of the Na-Khi (or Na-xi) of the Tibet-China borderland, and even in Faroese, which is one of the early languages from the region of Orkney Island in Northern Scotland. Likewise, names of various Hindu deities are sensible in relation to Dogon phonetics, which like Maori words, seem to mix-and-match root conceptual phonetics to form words that reflect more complex concepts.

Similarly, Orkney place names that often have no certain etymology in relation to regional or Scandinavian languages seem quite sensible when compared to Dogon and Egyptian roots.

Maori phonetics, when we allow for reasonable evolution of language over a period of thousands of years, align well with Dogon phonetics, most particularly when comparing cosmological terms. As an example, the Maori word element whare provides linkage to concepts that associate with the Dogon arou and the Egyptian aaru. The Maori concept of the po touches on multiple definitions of the Dogon word po.

- Laird

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