Ancient African Kings Of India – By Dr. Clyde Winters

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Ancient African Kings Of India


Dr. Clyde Winters

Ethiopians have had very intimate relations with Indians. In fact, in antiquity the Ethiopians ruled much of India. These Ethiopians were called the Naga. It was the Naga who created Sanskrit.

A reading of ancient Dravidian literature which dates back to 500 BC, gives us considerable information on the Naga. In Indian tradition the Naga won central India from the Villavar (bowmen) and Minavar (fishermen).

The Naga were great seamen who ruled much of India, Sri Lanka and Burma. To the Aryans they described as half man and snake. The Tamil knew them as warlike people who used the bow and noose.

The earliest mention of the Naga, appear in the Ramayana , they are also mentioned in the Mahabharata. In the Mahabharata we discover that the
Naga had the capital city in the Dekkan, and other cities spread between the Jumna and Ganges as early as 1300 BC. The Dravidian classic, the Chilappathikaran made it clear that the first great kingdom of India was

The Naga probably came from Kush-Punt/Ethiopia. The Puntites were the greatest sailors of the ancient world. In the Egyptian inscriptions there is mention of the Puntite ports of Outculit, Hamesu and Tekaru, which corresponds to Adulis, Hamasen and Tigre.

In Sumerian text, it is claimed that the Puntites traded with the people of the Indus Valley or Dilmun. According to S.N. Kramer in The Sumerians, part of Punt was probably called Meluhha, and Dilmun was probably the ancient name of the Indus Valley. (Today some scholars maintain that Oman, where we find no ancient cities was Dilmun and the Indus Valley may have been Meluhha).

Ancient Ethiopian traditions support the rule of Puntites or Ethiopians of India. In the Kebra Nagast, we find mention of the Arwe kings who ruled India. The founder of the dynasty was Za Besi Angabo. This dynasty according to the Kebra Nagast began around 1370 BC. These rulers of India and Ethiopia were called Nagas. The Kebra Nagast claims that ” Queen Makeda “had servants and merchants; they traded for her at sea and on land in the Indies and Aswan”.  It also says that her son Ebna Hakim or Menelik I, made a campaign in the Indian Sea; the king of India made gifts and donations and prostrated himself before him”. It is also said that Menalik ruled an empire that extended from the rivers of Egypt (Blue Nile) to the west and from the south Shoa to eastern India”, according to the Kebra
Nagast. The Kebra Nagast identification of an eastern Indian empre ruled by
the Naga, corresponds to the Naga colonies in the Dekkan, and on the East
coast between the Kaviri and Vaigai rivers.

The presence of Meluhhaites/ Puntites in India may expain the Greek tradition of Kusites ruling India up to the Ganges. It would also explain the Aryan traditions of Mlechchas ( Sanskrit name for some of the non-Aryan people) as one of the aboriginal groups of India. Many scholars associate the name Mlechchas with Meluhha.

The major Naga tribes were the Maravar, Eyinar, Oliyar, Oviyar, Aru-Valur and Parathavar. The Nagas resisted the invansion of the Cholas. In the Kalittokai IV,1-5, the Naga are described as being “of strong limbs and hardy frames and fierce looking tigers wearing long and curled locks of hair.” The Naga kings of Sri Lanka are mentioned in the: Mahawanso, and are said to have later become Dravidians, as testified to by the names of these people: Naganathan, Nagaratnam, Nagaraja and etc.

The major gift of the Naga to India was the writing system: Nagari.  Nagari is the name for the Sanskrit script. Over a hundred years ago Sir William Jones, pointed out that the ancient Ethiopic and Sanskrit writing are one and the same.

William Jones, explained that the Ethiopian origin of Sanskrit was supported by the fact that both writing systems the writing went from left to right and the vowels
were annexed to the consonants. Today Eurocentric scholars teach that Indians taught writing to the Ethiopians, yet the name Nagari for Sanskrit betrays the Ethiopia origin of this form of writing. Moreover, it is interesting to note that Sanskrit vowels: a,aa,’,I,u,e,o, virama etc., are in the same order as Geez.

The Ethiopian script has influenced many other writing systems. Y.M. Kobishnor, in the Unesco History of Africa, maintains that Ethiopic was used as the model for Armenian writing, as was many of the Transcaucasian scripts. Dravidian literature indicate that the Naga may have introduced worship of Kali, the Serpent, Murugan and the Sun or Krishna. It is interesting to note that a god called Murugan is worshipped by many people in East Africa.

It is interesting that Krishna, who was associated with the Sun, means Black, this is analogous to the meaning of Khons of the Kushites. Homer, described Hercules as follows: “Black he stood as night his bow uncased, his arrow string for flight”. This mention of arrows identifies the Kushites as warriors who
used the bow, a common weapon of the Kushites and the Naga.



The Naga or Ethiopians were defeated by Dravidian speaking people from Kumarinadu. Kamarinadu is suppose to have formerly existed as a large Island in the India ocean which connected India with East Africa. This landmass is mentioned in the Silappadikaram, which said that Kamarinadu was made up of seven nadus or regions. The Dravidian scholars Adiyarkunallar and Nachinaar wrote about the ancient principalities of Tamilaham, which existed on Kamarinadu.

Kumarinadu was ruled by the Pandyans/Pandians at Madurai before it
sunk beneath the sea. The greatest king of Kumarinadu was Sengoon.
According to Dravidian scholars the Pandyans worshipped the goddess Kumari Amman. This Amman, probably corresponds to the ancient god Amon of the Kushites.

The Kalittokai 104, makes it clear that after the Pandyans were forced to migrate off their Island home into South India, “to compensate for the area lost to the great waves of the sea, King Pandia without tiresome moved to the other countries and won them. Removing the emblems of tiger (Cholas) and bow (Cheras) he, in their place inscribed his reputed emblem fish (Pandia’s) and valiantly made his enemies bow to him”.


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158 thoughts on “Ancient African Kings Of India – By Dr. Clyde Winters”

  1. Apeboy

    You really do credit to your pedigree. You trying to copy the pink boyz racism .. well what would one expect from an ape? Pink boy jumps, apeman jumps, pink boy curses Dark Brown Africans apeboy joins the chorus…

    Apeboy, you are just a wretched soul… a wanna be racist…but just try hang out with your racist types and they would kick your black Indian arse back to your land of nativity.

    Apeboy, there is no fool more wretched than a self-despising ape. Such a thing is not worthy of its existence!

  2. Om Kali, What you say is absolute nonsense. Mahabharata & Ramayana has nothing to do with battle between Aryans and Dravidians. If you’ve read them, you would know that Mahabharatha was Lord Krishna’s discourse to Arjuna and Ramayana was the story of Lord Rama & his consort Sita. There are so many errors in this article, I wouldn’t know where to begin. For one thing, Nagas are of a mongoloid race. Secondly, there was trade between Ethiopia & India but India was never ruled by Ethiopians except for Malik Ambar who was sold as a slave and came to India and ruled a portion of India for a short time but this was not until 1600’s AD. As for Sanskrit originating in Ethiopia, it’s ludicrous and there’s absolutely no historical data to buttress this. If this were true, why are there no Sanskrit literatures in Ethiopia or the rest of that region. Why do Sankrit and all it’s related languages such as Persian, Farsi, Avesta, Hindi, Kashmiri, etc. exist only in the region between Iran and India. Sanskrit is related to other Indo European languages such as Greek & Latin. There are tons of Sanskrit literature in India. And Jayshan, sculptures of Gods of India do not exhibit “African” features. I’m Indian, lived in India for decades and have visited many ancient temples. Krishna is not black in color but rather dark blue which signifies the infinity of the sky and the ocean. Finally, there was no Aryan Invasion, just several Aryan migrations. Today, most Indians are varying mixtures of Aryan and Dravidian and this attempt by Afrocentric scholars to divide India between Aryan and Dravidian will not work. Take a look at the Y-chromosome haplogroups and mtDNA of India and you’ll find our mtDNA is of indigenous origin or related to Asia and Y haplogroups are West Eurasian and Central Asian. And, the river Ganges was named by the British. The Indian name for it is Ganga. I’m sure Ethiopia has contributed a lot to humanity. In fact, humanity originated there but to say that Indian culture and religion is Ethiopian in origin is insulting and offensive to most Indians. Most of our culture and history is the result of both Dravidians and Aryans.

  3. apeman
    The white man has got you so far brainwashed its funny, u look at black people separate from you. But the whites are the same? Your just a suck up, ur only racist to blacks to fit in with the whites. Africans Never became “niggers” until the European’s invaded. As a Indian person i feel sick reading your comment. You need education and have to realise that the caste system they put there has got u blinded. all man are equal, no supremacy

  4. Artifacts have been discovered in West Virginia USA that will prove beyond any doubt that the oldest civilization ever discovered was the ancestors of the Egyptians and Olmecs and all ancient writeing emerged from this Pangea civilization.This discovery has been suppressed and ignored by the government authorities.The black race dominated at this time.

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