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J. LORENZO SAA  B.

ABORIGENES

INDIANS

ESSAY AND SPECULATION

…Reason requires no force, because its force is reason.

Mama Rosita

10*…Once the adventure of Conquest had begun, in the lands that were a NEW WORLD for the Westerners, shortly after Columbus’ “first voyage”, they baptized this part of the world as the WEST INDIES, and explorers (not only those from the Iberian peninsula) successively called the natives generically “SAVAGES*”, people from overseas, and Indians

…When sailors, mapmakers, geographers, etc. from the different kingdoms of Europe – the World at that time – began drawing the first maps of these oceans and lands, they drew and described the different places they explored, naming them and their inhabitants in the different languages of their respective native countries – in their own mother tongues (the outsiders’)...

…So, in addition to Spanish, the German, Italian, Flemish (Dutch), Portuguese and English languages all called people from the communities of this part of the planet by this same name: INDIANER, INDIANO, INTIANEIRO, INDIANEER,……………., INDIANS, quite possibly derived from the initial Spanish of INDIANOS,…sometimes ‘D’ sometimes ‘T ’.

…This fact makes us wonder, might INDIANS be DERIVED from INTIAN, just as CHRISTIAN comes from CHRIST?..., as we are often identified? So the Spaniards called these peoples (christened them) by this name subsequently; but as INTIANS NOT INDIANS, as the name for people from around here, in almost ALL official documents of the time, written in the language of Castile … And in all those other languages, too!

 INDIANOS - INDIOS - INDIO…But it seems to me that this is NOT because our famous voyager, CHRISTOFORO COLUMBUS-FONTANARUBEA, supposedly thought that he had reached the so-called West Indies (“CATHAY”?), and therefore presumably ‘named’ us…
…In my opinion, since these lands – like ALL OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE – gave religious beliefs tremendous political, strategic, social and economic importance, this name may have come from the people’s beliefs...

…The conquistadors and future conquered peoples verbally, perhaps graphically, communicated as best they could in those initial contacts. So, the natives were asked (I would imagine arrogantly)
IF THEY HAD HEARD ABOUT GOD, and perhaps about YESUCHRISTO?; both those “invited” by Columbus to Spain and questioned in European Courts, and ALL others here in these lands, would answer: INTI…, the “SUN which is GOD”

…Alternatively, when they pointed to the firmament, indicating our star, HELIOS to their “hosts” – who in and after October 1492 were not too literate – perhaps someone in the Courts heard INTI and wrote INDI…, and the generic term became INDIANS in Castilian Spanish...

…So, the regular inhabitants of INDIA: whom NO ONE EVER called INDIANOS in Spanish, but Hindus, also because of their religious beliefs, can relax, without any competitors for their national adjective, because we should be called INTIANS or even INTIGENOUS peoples, because “indigenous” is not only applicable to those of us who were born in Ecuador, because everyone in the world is indigenous to the country where they were born...! Saá

INDIO.-

INDIAN. For speakers of basically guttural languages, it is much easier and more fluent to pronounce the letter ‘D’ than ‘T’; so the word “naming” a collective identity – and subsequently used disrespectfully – is a variant of INDIAN…, INDI…
 … which in turn comes from INDIANER (German) or INDIANEER (Flemish), spoken by the first geographers and cartographers, and can be interpreted as PEOPLE OF THE SUN = INTI…, and not at all related to the country that in Spanish is called INDIA. Q.E.D.
 Saá 

 

 

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