Project: The Nagadvipa
Author: Lem Chuck Moth
Started date: October/01/2005
Last updated: June/30/2016
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After Meru established his Cakravatin Empire in the west, it is fair to say that the naga symbol was the most revered religious icon in the ancient world. Mostly known as the dragon, its image became a symbol of cosmic force that changed its tune from one society to another. In Middle East and later the western world, the snake symbolized (and still does) the rejuvenation which is consistent with the Siva' s reverence as the god of creation and destruction. After the emergence of the Simha Kings, his legacy started to degenerate and became flurry. The only things left were shadowy figures made of him and his Bull Nanda as idols for faithful believers to worship. While the Sphinx were majestically erected through out the Egyptian territory, the dragon king lost his supremacy when score of other idols were worshipped through out the country. The dragon king got another blow when the descendants of Osriris were back in Egypt. By launching the god Asura as the sole god of the universe, the next wave of Cultural Revolution brought the bird god Annanuki as the god of the universe in the Egyptian pantheon. Portrayed as the opposite force of the supreme god Asura, the dragon king or the Aryaman finally was reduced by its opponent as the force of Evil. At the same time, the Simha legacy took its turn to degenerate and joined with the naga king at the underworld. This western revolution could be checked out historically by many battles between the old schools of Meru culture and the new faith of Zoroastrianism. The feud however was not shared by the eastern part of the world. After exiting Middle East, the Meru culture had already made its transition into Sivaism and later Buddhism. Through the book of life, circumstances (of time and space) are well understood to play critical roles in religious believes. Both the Hindu and Buddhist cosmology. The portraying of Siva to bear a cobra, Lord Vishnu to sleep under the hood of a Naga, and Buddha Gautama to meditate under the hood of the naga king Muchilinda, was one way or another an acknowledgment of the naga' s role on the birth of all human civilizations. One might ask what could make such contrast between the western and the eastern systems of belief? The answer is clear that the two worlds differentiated through the development of the Meru culture. While the western Tree of Knowledge "of God or Evil" puts more emphasis on the fighting for supremacy between God and Evil to be one (Notes: The knowledge of God and Evil), the eastern "Tree of Life" is based on synthesizing the spectrum of the seven energies into one (Notes: The Tree of Knowledge Vs the Tree of Life). The Trinity conception would be completed at best by the remaining faithful school of Meru Culture when it finally moved into the Gangetic India (The Indianization: The Indianization of the Gangetic India: The Cultural Evolution).
The Naga' s Legacy
At the time that the Kalayuga ruled the world, the god Asura started on his odyssey to eclipse the Moon God Tsin. In a close connection with the Meru Culture, the Naga Legacy was already on the decline. Once ruling over the world, the naga king lost his supremacy and his ordeal was far to be over. The first setback that resulted in the decline of the Naga (Meru) culture, happened after the emergence of the Simha Kings on the throne of Egypt. Starting from the reign of king Ku-fu and the building of the first pyramid, the Moon God sensed the threat of being challenged by men. His concern became a reality when the descendant of Ku-fu took over the throne of Egypt and built it as a Middle Kingdom of the Simha Empire. To make the matter worst, a descendant of Cain formed the Shang dynasty and wrested away a big chunk of the Naga' s ream and drove the naga king down south (Notes: The Shang Dynasty). The return of Osiris to Egypt did not revive back the Moon culture. Under the Hyksos, the next Pharaohs were worshipping the Sun God Ra or Horus who was actually the offspring of Osiris and Isis. Conceived during their escape to the Underworld, Horus did not carry on the Moon legacy of his father Osiris. Instead he adopted the Sun culture of his mother Isis and ended the practice of the Moon culture in the Egyptian pantheon for good. To make the matter worst, the Sun god Ra added budu practices into the mainstream of the Phoenician world. Granted to be Lord Vishnu' s mount, the bird Garuda (an eastern representation of Horus) preyed on the Naga (The early civilization: The Indus Valley: The Legacies of Mesopotamia). As a result, western naga' s identity and legacy were fading and remained elusive after the emergence of Zoroastrianism to take over the Meru Culture. In Mahabharata, Anga was already mentioned as a kingdom of the east (Notes: Karna as a Prince of Anga). It suggests that the naga' s legacy was retracting back to its original base where traces of early agricultural societies could be found through archeology. In Gangetic India, Nagaland still retains its name to remind us that it was once the birth place of the Meru Culture, but the legacy of the Naga King could be hardly found among the tribesmen that live there. In a twist of fate, traces of Naga royal houses could be found instead among vestiges and litterature of South India. Kings having their names ending with "Naga", "Datta" or "Mittra", were identified as belonging to the remnants of the last families of the Naga King that were once flourished during Buddha Gautama life-time. Among ancient cities, identified in early centuries of the Christian era by the Puranas that could have been the kingdoms of these Naga kings were Vidisa (Bhila), Kantapuri, Mathura and Padmavati (AInd: The Indigenous state of North India: Naga: p. 128). Nevertheless, the Puranas had not much to say about Nagadvipa where Buddha Gautama himself made many trips to implant his religion. At the contrary, the Mahavamsa had plenty to say about the Southeast Asian Naga communities that played important role in the next Buddhist expansion.
THE NAGA' s MYTHOLOGY
Dated back since the Great Flood, the naga conception started with the association to the sea creature Makara (Prehistory: The flood culture: The fish Makara). Moving up the slope of mount Himalayas some groups of the flood survivors experienced more hardship due to the specific regional environment. Living closed to the source of rivers, the settlers had intensive experiences with violent storms, threatening thunders and deadly lightning. The phenomenon was then believed to be the manifestation of the dragon, a sky' s spirit that has close association with the rain and water. The tradition holds still among people on the southeastern slope of Himalayas where legacies of the naga culture subsist more than any other part of the world. The Meru development would need a more sophisticated divine creature to take hold of humanity' s new order.
The Bhujanga God King
In the flood survivor' s societies, the naga kings were well like for their contribution of agriculture to the world civilization. Their powers to control storm, flood, and water streams were enough to command respect from the peasants that need stable water sources to grow their crops. This development was not however restricted to the Mansoon affected footstep of mount Himalayas only as a different kind of dragon' s culture sprung up also at the other side of the slope. Born on the line of fire and known as the Earth Dragon, the new dragon' s specie breathed fire and as they lived underground, their movement created earthquake and volcanoes. Together, they contributed to the draconian culture to be spread along the path of the Meru civilization. It was believed that the Sky Dragon was male and the Earth Dragon was female. When the two dragon species intermingled, the birth of an hybrid draconian offspring became the topic of the eastern world civilization. It was actually the coupling of the Middle Eastern Meru Culture with the Southeast Asian Naga Tradition that gave birth the new Draconian specie of Bhujanga. The identity was conceived later after the Arianization of the Gangetic India when the Sanskrit word "Naga" meaning snake or cobra was used to replace the Makara identity. Etymologically, Bhujanga (Bhuja-anga) means the Snake king and represented the next generation of the Yang (Ang) kings. The first Bhujanga could be identified as no other than Meru himself. Deitfied as Lord Siva, Meru imposed the Cobra regalia on top of Egyptian pharaoh head dressing. As a Cakravatin Monarch ruling over both the east and the west, Meru established his reign through the development of a new state-of-the-art Aryan law or civilization. At each stop, a culture was developed along with each civilized society. The Hindu folklore represented this development by the Bhujanga' s seven heads. Each one of the heads represented a civilized society along the path of the naga culture in adaptation to the spectrum of seven energies. While the Meru culture was itself represented by the middle head of the Naga, other heads represent a lineage formed by immediate descendants of his. In Egypt where Meru started his empire on the Nile River, the crocodile represented the very first Draconian symbol of the Meru culture conceived by the first dynasty of Egypt. The next two heads represented each one of his two creatures, the bull Nanda and the lion king of the Kambujan dynasty. Another creature of the Moon God Tsin took the form of the Kala-head of the naga. To complete its long list of membership, the Gucha-Naga (Gucha-Naga) was a branch that represented itself with the symbol of an elephant and was the naga society conceived right at the start of the Kalayuga. The Sanskrit Gucha-Naga (Gucha-Naga) is a reference to the naga of Gachasa (elephant)' s race, attributing to the ethnicity of the Kambunaga or Param-Kambojan stock. It is likely that this symbolization has a deep connection with Ganesha, the son of Siva, the Hindu god represented by an elephant head on a human body. The Buddhist tradition later classified the naga family lines into two distinct groups. The Coladara that represented the small family of King Samanta' s direct descendant was referred in most case as the Deva Dynasty. Consisting of the divine cow Nanda and the mountain goat Xiang dynasties, they were mostly constrained to Jambudvipa. From its tradition of the last four Buddhas, Jumbudvipa was the same Bharata of the Indian folklore to include the naga ream of Southeast Asia and extend itself to the west until the Kasi mountain range and to the east the southern seashore of the Chinese continent (Notes: Jambudvipa). Other naga-heads were conceived out of Southeast Asia and was classified to be members of the Mahadara family. The Lion King that represented the western Kambujan clan received its significant naga-head as the warrior tribesmen of Central Asia. Last and not least, the Phoenician clan with their Bird Phoenix for symbol was conceived late in the naga development. Unlike their predecessors, the eagle was not quite compatible with other naga (or Meru) cultures. Being the product of the Kalayuga, the eagle symbol became known as MArA (anti-Meru) that stayed through the Kalauga as the Meru' s main antagonistic creature. As the carrier of Vishnuite, the Garuda or the Annanuki challenged Meru for the ruling of the world and during theirs drive, preys on the Nagas. Distorted by the effect of the God Asura, the Dragon' s image of the Meru Culture became the symbol of an antagonist force to the Horus sun God Ra and often portrayed as the devil himself. On the same development, the image of the Cow (or Bull) Nanda was made to represent the satanic force by the western faith.
Found in northern Nagaland and overlooking Manipura, the naga tribesmen are ethnically close to the Jins, but differ from the latter by a different set of life-style and tradition. It is important to note that the Naga' s identification was conceived according to Hindu classification and that the naga tribesmen might not know of their identity imposed on them by the Hindu commumnities. Like their compatriot Jins, they were among the survivors who stayed at the footstep of Himalayas after the flood and stayed faithful to their civilization as Naga tribesmen. Their attire and weapons match the naga depiction of both the Don-son drums and the wall of Angkor-Wat (Nokor Wat: Maha Nokor: The Siam Kuti). The Angkorean depiction proves the existence of the naga culture to subsist as late as the twelfth century when the temple was built. Even though the Mainland Indochina was already converted to the Khmer culture, pockets of naga communities still subsisted under the Cakravatin Empire of Angkor. Unlike their KaJin compatriot who had been under-changed along side the Meru culture, the naga tribesmen appeared to be less inclined for materialistic progression and stayed the way they were as remnant of the naga culture. Their warlike tradition, including the head hunting practices, seam to have common cultural ancestry with the Iban or other austronesian tribesmen of Malaysia who, like them were on the wrong track of the Meru culture. To some extends, their tradition resembled to the far-reached Indian tribesmen of South America. It confirms to us that during the early expansion of the Meru culture, the naga cultural development was worldwide and that the expansion of the Kambojan culture of Daya-Desa became a big part of its development (Sakadvipa: The Saka of Daya-Desa: King Suvanna Khamdeng and the formation of Nararatha). Unfortunately, we have practically no information of the western Kambojan past and recollections retrieved from neighboring states such as Greece had not gone far enough to further trace their history beyond their settlement at Parthia. For that reason, it is impossible to postulate any connection that was made between Middle East and the American continent that was once assumed to be completely isolated until being discovered by the European Christopher Columbus (Notes: Civilization of South America). In contrast, we have plenty of information about their eastern compatriot, the Kambunaga people in Southeast Asia who, as part of the big family of the Param-Kambojas, were well known as the master of the sea. As subject to the naga king Bhagadatta, they extended their ream over the whole globe (Notes: The Param-Kambojas in the Mahabharata). Subsisting in remote places, the Southeast Asian naga tribesmen stayed to become the remnant of an extinct culture that was shared by the South American Indian' s culture (Kamboja Desa: The Exploit of Funan: Pi-Kien or the Island of the Kambuja). During the lifetime of BuddhaGautama, the same Naga culture was current to all Southeast Asian and to the least extend, Indian communities. The use of feathers in their attire and other common features for both cultures appeared at least to the eye of Christopher Columbus that they were the same Indians of Asia. These findings suggest that it was the KambuNaga who made the long journeys around the world to spread the Draconian mythology. In close relationship with the western Kamboja, they invaded Egypt in many occasions and were known as the Sea People. on the depiction of the temple of Ramesses III (1213-1156 BC), they were portrayed distinctly with their characteristic plumed headdress. Coincidentally enough, the event happened during the early formation of the Hiong-Wang kingdom of which we shall argue that the Coladara' s clan of the Naga originated. Following the rising of the Nanda at Gangetic India, the fight for the control of Mesopoatamia restarted. After stripping off the control of the Assyrian from Ur, Nabopolassar and son Nebuchadnezzar took control of Mesopotamia. From Middle Eastern sources, Nebuchadnezzar went on waging his campaign to expand his father's exploit to the west. He came back to Ur after his father' s death and built Mesopotamia into becoming the Middle Kingdom of Babylon. The fact that he revived back the legacy of "Babylon" suggests his close relationship with Balarama, the ancient legendary Naga King of Dvaravati. It is also known that his title "Nebuchadnezzar" was a reference to Nebu, a Babylonian god of wisdom and agriculture. On the other hand, the Buddhist claim of Buddha Gautama' s father king Sodhonana, to be a cakravatin monarch, strongly implicates that he was a descendant of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar (Note: Taxila and Babylon). It is said that Buddha Gautama, in his youth, had attended the University of Taxila that was well known at the time, as a cultural center of Babylon. It is important to note that the word "Ba-bel" that is supposedly the short-form of Babylon could also be interpreted as Master Bel (Ba Baal), which was an ancestral divinity of the Nandas. More evidences confirm that he was also a member of the Xiang Naga House of Southeast Asia.
The Tian Culture
The archeology' s site of Hoabinh yielded different layers of cultural settlements that prove the Southeast Asian connection with the development of the world civilization. On the same archeology site, scholars uncovered another layer of civilization of which they named as the Tian. This culture that prospered in the fertile Lake Tian basin was found wide spread at Indochinese peninsular and had been infiltrating deep in the Southern part of China. From the unearthed vestiges of various sites, scholars were amazed to see little connection with Indian or Chinese contemporary culture, but instead presented itself to be the progression of its ancestral culture of Hoabinhian. The graves of the Tian archeology' s site seldom yield human remains but pottery, suggesting that jar cremation burial was the common tradition of the Tian culture. Pottery and other materials found on the gravesites could be dated to be roughly between 1000-500 BC. On the finding, we shall argue that the Tian Culture was actually the progenator of both the Meru culture and Buddhist tradition of which cremation was known to be a standard practice. Similar finding was found at the archeology site of Sa-Huynh locating at the eastern coast of Indochina. The vestige at the site reveals a sophisticated Bronze and Iron Age culture and is best known for its unusual custom of jar cremation burials in the coastal dunes. Destruction of the pots and funerary items were found to be part of the ritual. Other examples include Niah caves in Sarawak of Borneo (from the second millennium) and even Luzon in the Phillipines revealing the last migration path of the Tians. Their settlement among the Hoabinhian tribes who were themselves flood survivors undoubtedly was responsible for the boost of the Hoabinhian Culture and set the mainland Indochina to be the future spreading ground of Hinduism and Buddhism. We had seen that this southern spread had been dated since 2300 BC and continuously carried on until late the 12th century. Consistent with the Meru Culture of cremating their dead bodies, we shall argue that the Tian was actually the remnant of the early Meru communities formed on the Tian-Shan range. As its name implied, the culture claims itself to be of divine origin. Meaning celestial, the word Tian get itself into the Khmer-Mon tradition because of their Yang Kings who were direct descendants of King Samantha. Located at the Tian-Shan range, it was among the first country to be built by the great flood survivors. Its reference as Hiong-Wang, meaning the brave Kingdom in ancient Chinese texts, was another enforcement of its devine connection. As the word "brave" is translated into the Sanskrit word "Vara" having very close in etymology to another Sanskrit word "Varah" meaning god or divinity, there must to be a correlation between bravery or heroism with the sign of God. On the other hand, the Sanskrit word "Varah" meaning God appears to have essentially more divine basis than the word "Yang", even though it was intended to have the same meaning. Often used to predicate the reference of a great human being, such as the king or a religious figure, the Yang spirit was often perceived as an heroic figure. Perhaps because of their bravery, they were identified with divine manifestation of a living god or a god king. The title "Vara-man" later associated with Khmer King was one among many legacies of the Yang King and was a derivative from the title "Varadhana" found in the Cholan house originated from Prey-Nokor. It is proved that the Khmer-Mon culture, as part of Brahmanism, already believed in supernatural world of spirits and had already clear distinction between the physical and the spiritual world. The life of a living organism, human being included, requires both physical and spiritual well being and could not be sustained indefinitely. After death, the soul would leave the body and could choose to stay in one of the heavens depended upon of their merit. At the contrary, bad souls had no such choices available to them and always ended-up with the lowest stratum of the spiritual worlds known in many religions as hell. The cremation was seen by both Sivaism and Buddhism as a way to help release the soul from its death body and makes its immediate journey for their destination. The spirits of the Yang, for instance, were particularly of high merit to be later deified as divinity. The Great Manu must also been deified as Varah Manu, meaning God Manu, which was to become Varahman or Brahman (Note: Tian in Chinese Pictograph). His descendants were also called Brahmans, meaning the god-related people. Along with Brahma, Meru and Buddha Gautama stood up as living-gods to be part of the trinity that was considered to be the highest of God' s manifestation in the physical world. Their mission was to take care of humanity as a father figure until all souls are salvaged. From then on, there is no turning back, as their societies grew more and more sophisticated, humanity needs religious belief to be an important part of their life. Beside the laws of the land that secure order in their societies of the real world, religion defined ethical values that anchored deep in their unconscious mind. This arrangement had suited them well and propelled their societies into another level of civilization.
THE LEGACY OF NOKOR PHNOM
Either of celestial or of earthly origin, the Tian culture had created wonders to the Kamera societies. Geographical mapping furthermore allowed us to identify the country that the culture was originated from. Excluding its northern part where Chinese legacies stayed as remnant of the Shang Dynasty, we could identify that the Hiong-Wang kingdom was actually the spreading ground of the Tian culture. In Chinese account, it was the Tchou Dynasty who founded the Hiong-Wang Kingdom by subduing the Shang Dynasty (The Indianization: The Misconceptions: The Aryan Identity). Of the Tchou' s origin, evidences show once again that Southeast Asian Choladara house of leadership stayed as the power-base of worldly development.
The Tian-Tchou Dynasty
As dictated by their own tradition, the rise of the Tchou and the fall of the Shang dynasty was according to the Confucianism, due to the change between Yin and Yang cosmic forces (Notes: Confucianism in the History of China). Under the Sakan incursion, the northern Jin countries stayed divided and became more and more tartaric under the courts of the Ts'in, Tsin and Tsi Dynasties. During that time, the southern Jin countries regrouped themselves under the Tchou dynasty (1046-221 BC) and fought against the Shang Dynasty (Notes: Early Chinese Development). After subjugating Anyang, the Tchou drove the contemporary Shang king out and topped themselves over its subordinate court that was left intact. As expected, the Wu court was retaining still most of the Shang' s legacies to be kept as vassal of the Tchou. In 771BC, a critical event apparently forced the Tchou to split themselves into two factions along their line of descendants. The western Tchou (1046-771 BC) appeared to leave the Tian-Shan range and moved into the Gangetic India while the eastern Tchou continued to rule eastern China until it was taking over by the Quin Dynasty (221-207 BC). At the ame time, Indian source started to notice the emergence of Sakyang royal houses of the Gangetic India. Chinese sources still referred them as Tian-Tchou in commemoration of their past connection with the Tian country. The Buddhist school classified them as the Coladara of the mountainous naga kings who were no other that the family members of the Western Tchou Dynasty of China. Connecting to the Bible' s account of king Nebuchadnezzar, the emergence of the Sakyan houses of Gangetic India were actually due to the implantation of the Meru Culture in Gangetic India. The Sakyas were actually the Indian line of Kings that descended Buddha Gautama. By then, they were split into two distinctive groups and that . The first group of Sakya kings who founded their venture on the footstep of Himalayas in the region known as Nepal of today, were actually migrants from Middle East. They were members of the Jewish royal houses who, after the exodus of the Meru Culture from Middle East, established themselves at Kappilavatthu. From this Sakyan house came King Sudhodana who was the father of Buddha Gautama. They were also known as the Kambujan kings of Parthia or Daydesa and their identity was confirmed in Khmer inscriptions as Saktya (Saka-Taya). They presented themselves as the Simha (Lion) kings and their original homeland at Parthia was often referred as Rajagrha (the royal cave). The second Sakya house was actually formed by the Sakyan kings who descended from King Nebuchadnezzar who were originally members of Kamara Kanta of Tian-Tchou royal house. The mother of Buddha Gautama, the queen Mahamaya, was actually a pricess of this Coladara mountainous Naga house. In the preparation for the exodus of the Meru Establishment from Middle East, the two Naga clans of Coladara and Mahodara consorted themselves to invade Middle East. Under the leadership of Meruduk, the Mahadara Naga clan subdued the Assyrians and took control of Egypt. At the same time, the Cholan court of king Nebuchadnezzar took control of Ur and subdued Israel to complete the final exit of the Meru Culture from the west (The End of the Meru Culture: The Transition to Buddhism: The Birth of Buddha Gautama). Formed as a Cakravatin Empire, Hiong-Wang was formed by the Tchou Dynasty that included as its subdivisions, the Wu and the Tsu courts respectively ruling over Jinnan of Central China and the jungle Kingdom (Lin-Yi) of the South. Known as the Yue people, the Inhabitant of the Jungle Kingdom were practicing the Meru (The Moon God Tsin in the west) Culture and were known to the Chinese as the Yue (Moon) people. According to the Dvipavamsa, the consortium soon broke down after the Meru Culture was reinstated in Southeast Asia. The attack of king Cyrus of Elam on the Babylonian court that ended the presence of the Nanda in Middle East was by all means resulted from the renewed feud between the two naga clans. Buddha Gautama had to resolve the conflicts in an effort to avert Southeast Asia from major disastrous wars between the two naga houses and at the same time set the Mainland Indochina into becoming the holding ground of Hinayana Buddhism. The peaceful arrangement however did not extend into the rest of the world, which (according to its own history) became more and more infested with satanic practices. After founding the Achaemenid Empire, King Cyrus the Great set forth for his ambitious eastern expansion and the emergence of Yueh-Shih and later the Hiong-nu in Central Asia reflected the audacity of the Ocean Naga king in fighting against the Mountainous Naga Spirit.
The Birth of Lin-Yi or the Jungle Kingdom
In contrast to the north, evidences show that the southern coastal part of China where the situation conveys much more devastation that was incurred during the great flood. The Stieng' s account confirms that it was populated by the Kun-Lun during the repatriation of the flood societies from the Tian-Shan Range. The accounts implicates that the Stiengs were moving during the flood into the mainland Indochina and to the most extend the Southern part of China along with other Austroasiatic people of the Kamara stocks. Coincidentally enough, local tradition dates the formation of the Tsu State during the late of the eighth century BC (The Birth of Vietnam: The Nam-Tian or the Vietnamization Down South: The Kiao-Tche Connection). After establishing the Meru Culture to the east, the Tchou unified the Wu State of Central China and the new formed Tsu State of the south as part of the Hiong-Wang Kingdom. Because of its landscape, composing of swamps and forest, the new Tsu kingdom received the nickname of the Jungle or Forest Country (Lin-Yi in Chinese, Prey-Nokor in Khmer). Politically, it was just the reminiscence of the ancient Nokor Phnom (the Mountain Kingdom) the legacy of the ancient court of Ta-Gaung or Srasvati, exerting its control against the ancient southern Jin dynasty. By building Jinnan as their Middle Kingdom along the Yanzse and the Red Rivers Valleys, the Tchou established their own Cakravatin Empire. Built primary on cultivable lands that became available after many centuries of submersion, Varadhana (Hiong-Wang in Chinese) was populated originally by non-Chinese natives (AChina: The Southern Power: p.22). In fact, we shall argue that the Tsu State was founded on the ground of the migrant Kun-Lun or Yue tribesmen. Evidence of the Moi Forts shows that the Jin tribesmen had left the footstep of mount Himalayas toward the plain of Indochina. Carbon dating would set the migration of the Kun-Lun from the Tian-Shan range to start around 2300 BC. They were the agriculturist people who took the opportunities of the flood subsiding to move in the valleys and formed their agriculturist societies the same way that they had done in the mainland Indochina. Conforming to the cakravatin system of governing, Hiong-Wang was divided in fifteen districts or autonomous states, among them was the district of Yue-Chang, which scholars identified as a community located in Southeast Asia. Etymologically, Yue-Chang is a corruption of Yue-Xiang meaning a city of the Moon or Soma culture. Another country known in Chinese sources to be connected with the same background was Yue-Tche that was a Chinese reference to Parthia. Unlike Parthia, Yue-Chang has been always considered to be located in Indochina and had sent ambassadors to Tchou court at the XII century BC. The mentioning of Yue-Chang as a district of Hiong-Wang indicates that members of the Soma dynasty of Parthia did already settled in Southeast Asia. Evidences moreover show that it was formed by historical figures from Middle East who brought the Moon or Soma (Yue in Chinse) culture to implant in Southeast Asia (Notes: The Arrival of Middle Eastern leadership in Southeast Asia). The history or the legend of its ambassador to China was recorded in ancient Chinese texts.
At the beginning of our era, it is admitted that ambassadors of the country Yue-Chang came to rend homage in the XII century BC at Tcheng-Wang of the Tcheou during the regency of the Tchou-Kong: it was for them that Tchou-Kong had invented the compass.
As mentioned, the Chinese' s Compass was invented at the time for the Yue-Chang' s ambassadors who needed it to find the way back to their southern country. From the fact that it was founded in the mainland Indochina since its prehistoric time, Yue-Chang (Yue-Xiang) could be identified as Arakkan where Chinese sources mentioned about many Ho families took place and learned Brahmanism from the local. They later spread themselves over the Tian territory where the Dong-Son culture was later unearthed. Their presence deep inside the mainland of Indochina suggests that they extended their control far into the western side of Burma that got its name of Pukam because of its concentration of the western Kambojan (Notes: The Beginning of the Race of Giant). Nevertheless, we are more inclined to identify Yue-Chang as Chandapuri of which the name matches exactly the Chinese reference of Yue-Chang. Located at the southwestern part of Kampoat today, Chandapuri was by then a sea-borne contact point with the west. Another country that was mentioned also as a district of Hiong-Wang was Sou-Chen that we shall identify later as Nokor Kauk-Tloak, considered as the progenator of Nokor Khmer.
The Birth of Buddha Gautama
The Buddhist tradition set the year 540 BC as the start of Buddhist Sakaraja. For some scholars it meant to be the formal start of Buddhism by Buddha Gautama and that he entered Nirvana a few years later in 544 BC. Fact-findings verify that the date is consistent with the events of King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon who after invading Jerusalem brought the Meru Culture to the Gangetic India where it was transitioned into Buddhism. According to Buddhist Tradition, Jayasena who was a descendant of King Samanta started a new lineage at Kapilavathu of Nepal; he had a son named Sihatanu and a daughter named Amitata (CMC: Chapter I: The Succession of Kings: p.3). He sent his daughter Amitata to be a consort of King Anjana who was a son of king Devadahasakka while the latter sent his own daughter Kaccayana to be the consort of King Sihatanu, the son of Jayasena. Except that he was a Sakya King ruling over the Devadaha (Devadesa?) Nagara, the chronicle provides no other information about his background. We know however that the marriage of his son Anjana to the princess Kaccayana, daughter of king Sihatanu, had produced two daughters Srimahamaya and Pajapatigautami who were going to become both the consorts of Sudhodhana. While the Sakya kings who descended from king Jayasena were well known to be the same Sakya kings of Kapilavastu and were of Simha origin, the Buddhist tradition of King DevadahaSaka was obscure except that he was ruling over DevadahaSaka Nagara. From the fact that the queen Mahamaya was actually belonging to the Nanda house (The Indianization: The Rise of the Gupta: The Vakataka' s Connection), we have the reason to believe that King DevadahaSaka was a Nanda. His name ending with "Saka" indicates that he was a Sakya king of Central Asia and that his DevadahaSaka kingdom was likely located at Kamara Kanta of the Tian Shan range. From the findings, we are ready to conclude that king Nebuchadnezzar' s origin was from Kamarakanta of the Tian Shan range and might still ruling over China as a Cakravatin Monarch while invading Jerusalem and brought the Meru legacy out from Israel to settle at Gangetic India. After destroying Jerusalem, the Tian-Tchous were themselves forced to escape Babylon during the attack of the Elamese. The fact that the Nandas emerged in the Trangangetic India tells us one way or another where Nebuchadnezzar' s court escaped to after loosing the war to Cyrus. Their alliance with the Sakya kings of Kapilavathu explains why they took residence at Gangetic India after the fall of the Tchou dynasty of China. The consortium was at the right time and the right place to start the next development of human race at the high of the Kalayuga. From king Sudhodhana and his chief queen Sri Mahamaya was born the prince Sidharta Gautama who was destined to become the next Buddha of our contemporary Kappa. The birth of Buddha Gautama was next to change the history of Southeast Asia that had already been tainted by the presence of Middle Eastern fallen courts seeking the tree of life to resuscitate back their existence. The Sumerian mythology of Gilgamesh and Innanna in the ream of Netherlands could be checked out by the presence of the Kambujan and Cham aristocrats in the heart of Southeast Asia while working on establishing their power-base at Middle East. Emigrated from Parthia, the Sakas founded their dominion (satraps) along the Gangetic India and extended their empire on the ground of the naga tribesmen of Southeast Asia. By then, they were already embraced Zoroastrianism through past connection with Middle Eastern and central Asian development. Their initial encounter with local leadership was brutal that coincides with stories of local rebellious uprisings trying to ward off the control of the Saka leadership whose intention was not by all mean in friendly term. Their resistance became the prelude for the next unsettlement of the Nanda clan in their constant fight with the new Sakan arrival. After the fighting, arrangement had been made by allowing the losing party to become subordinate to the winner. In the deal, the winning court topped itself over the local courts of the losing party that were often enough left to be governed by native chiefs. Amid those fighting, a form of consortium had been formed to allow the two antagonist houses to merge before the birth of Buddha Gautama. When the prince Sidharta decided to leave the palace and seek enlightenment, king Sodhodhana' s hope of having his son succeeded him as a cakravatin monarch dashed. With no heir to succeed him, he had to delegate the throne of Maghadha to Bimbisara who was probably the next closest kin in the line. Before entering into Nirvana, the Buddhist tradition commemorated the active intervention of Buddha Gautama in the preparation of Southeast Asia as the center of Buddhist expansion to the east. In his own prophecy, he predicted that Buddhism was going to complete its first half of Yuga to come but not without serious setbacks (Notes: Buddha Gautama' s half Time Prophecy). At first, the transformation of Hiong-Wang into becoming the Buddhist Cakravatin Empire upset the Mahadara house of the Naga King. Their feud became so intense that required the intervention of Buddha Gautama to make many trips into Southeast Asia to resolve the conflict.
THE VISIT OF BUDDHA GAUTAMA
According to Buddhist sources, the Magadhan Empire was formed and ruled by the descendants of King Jayasena whose exploit against the Sakas in Gangetic India matched that of the legendary King Adityavamsa of the Khmer legend of Prah-Thong. They ruled as Cakravatin monarchs with more or less cooperation with the Sakyas. It was not by all means a Meru universal establishment to cover up the whole earth, but a new beginning of the Indian Cakravatin Empire that was going to expand itself globally through Southeast Asia. Nevertheless, the King Adityavamsa and all the Nanda' s achievement had not been cited properly in modern Indian history and remained mostly in myth. This omission was consistent with the fact that the Nandas as well as Magadha were politically more connected to the Naga World of Southeast Asia than to any other Indian royal houses.
The Split of the Naga world
The Buddhist tradition conveys that King Bimbissara was the ruler of Magadha during Buddha' s lifetime and that he was a childhood friend of Buddha Gautama. His father was mentioned as a friend of King Sodhodhana and was more likely also a close relative of his. After Buddha Gautama refused to succeed his father, Bimbissara was then the only qualified candidate for the vacant throne of Maghadha. During Buddha' s visit to his palace, it is said that Bimbissara had offered back the throne to him but was immediately turned down. Buddha thanked him for the graceful offer but replied to his friend that he had no reason to accept it since he had refused his own father the inheritance of the same throne. As tough campaign was awaiting him during the establishment of Buddhism at Southeast Asia, evidences show that he had spent the rest of his active life more in Nagadvipa than in Gangetic India. His first task was to drive the Yakkhas out from Southeast Asia and allowed the naga Societies to be more susceptible for receiving his own teaching. The Mon tradition in particular has a strong recollection of the visit of Buddha Gamtama at their country of Suvannabhumi that was at the time a reference to Sudharmavati. The Mon' s account agrees with the Khmer tradition of Buddha Gautama and his brother Ananda stopping by the island of Kauk-Tloak for a peaceful rest and met the Naga king of Angkorpuri to whom he gave a good preaching. On the other hand, the Siam tradition also commemorated the visit of Buddha Gamtama to the northern Siam country where a brother of King Bimbissara named king Simhanati reigned at Xiang-Saen. There, Buddha Gautama had made his mark by leaving relics behind and gave prediction of the regional future spread of Buddhism. According to Mahavamsa, Buddha Gautama has made two more trips to Nagadvipa. The first visit, says the chronicle, was to resolve the conflict and prevent the war between two Naga kings, Mahadara and his nephew Culodara from happening.
Now the most compassionate teacher, the conqueror, rejoiced in the salvation of the whole world. When dwelling at Jetavana in the fifth year of his Buddhahood, he saw that a war, caused by a gem-set throne, was like to come to pass between the Naga Mahadara and Culodara, uncle and nephew, and their followers. (MHVS: The Visit of the Tathagata)
The chronicle also mentioned that Culodara was the son of Mahadara' s sister with the Naga-king of the Kannavadhamana Mountain. The northern part of the mainland of Indochina that was at the time, composing mostly of mountainous landscape, was known as Nokor Phnom (Mountain kingdom) and was the kingdom of the naga king Culodara. On the other hand, the coastal regions that composed mainly of lower lands and islands formed the kingdom of the ocean Naga king Mahadara known as Nokor Tuk (Water Kingdom). The war was the earliest proof that geographical landscape had played important role in the dynastic feud of Southeast Asian history. The visit of Buddha Gautama, as we shall see, proves that the Nagadvipa as a whole was part of his father, King Sudhodhana' s Cakravatin Empire. The Buddhist sources mentioned that travel to this remote place was not particularly safe, but Buddha was confident of his merit. Both the Coladara and the Mahadara clans were actually closely related and dear to him for he risked his life trying to save them from the ravaging war caused by internal conflict.
The Sambudha, on the uposathaday of the dark half of the month Citta, in the early morning, took his sacred alms-bowl and his robes, and from compassion for the Naga, sought the Nagadvipa. That same Naga Mahadara was then king, gifted with miraculous power, in a Naga-kingdom in the ocean, that covered half a thousand yoganas. His younger sister had been given (in marriage) to the Naga-king on the Kannavadhamana Mountain; her son was Culodara. His mother' s father had given to his mother a splendid throne of jewels, then the naga had died and therefore this war of nephew and uncle was threatening; and also the naga of the mountain were armed with miraculous power. (MHVS: The Visit of the Tathagata)
We could identify that the Ocean Naga king Mahadara was no other than Bhagadatta who rules Mahodara under the godhead Meruduk and the Mountain Naga King was no other than the Nanda King Nebuchadnezza under the god-ship of Baal. It is important to note that their conflict was not limited to Southeast Asia only, but to the worldwide rivalry between two divisions of the naga culture. Historically, we could relate the conflict to the formation of the Chou Dynasty who went out to subdue the Shang court of China. In a close connection with both the Kamboja of Daya-Desa and the Param-Kamboja of the Malay archipelago, the Yin or Shang Dynasty belonged to the same big family of the Mahadara royal house (Sakadvipa: The Saka Nation: Indra versus the Yang kings). Back in Mesopotamia, we shall see that the fight of the Elamese against the Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar could also be related to the final exodus of the Meru culture from Judea to the Gangetic India (The Decline of western Civilization: Tartarisation).
The Country of Pandaranga
According to the Mahavamsa, the mountain Naga king Coladara built his kingdom on top of the Kannavadhamana Mountain. Pandaranga, an ancient city of the Tian-Shan Range, could be its capital or at least one of its major cities. Its antiquity is attested in many Chinese texts at least since the Buddha's lifetime. Etymologically it is a short form of Puran-dhara-Anga, meaning the ancient reahm of the Naga King. It was here that the legendary Hiong-Wang kingdom or Varadhana was centered. The Xiang Symbol of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar confirms that Varadhana became part of the Gangetic Indian Cakravatin Empire under the Nanda and that Nebuchadnezzar was himself a member of the Coladara Naga house. A small excerpt in the Chinese source provides proof that Pandaranga was one of the sites visited by Buddha Gautama, during his trips to Nagadvipa.
The country of Panduranga is at the border of Champa. When people say that Tathagata goes to the kingdom of Srasvati to beg for his meal, it was that country that people meant.
The mentioning of Pandaranga at the border of Champa was referring to its last location at the eastern coast of the mainland. In correlation with Srasvati, it was a backtracking legacy of the ancient Pandaranga of the Tian-Shan range. The Srasvati kingdom was however located at the upper stream of all the Himalayas springs where it received the name from the abundance of lagoons or ponds. We had identified later that it was Ta-li of the Yunnan province (The Man Race: Nokor Phnom: The Srasvati River). In support of the Chinese source, the Siam tradition confirms that Buddha Gautama went to Angaratha to beg for his meal.
He (Buddha Gautama) went to beg of meal in the country of Angaratha Sri Chom Tong. He ate his meal in a garden, in the shade of a (Yang) tree. When Buddha finished his meal, the Praya Angaratha requested his preaching.
(ASiam: Chronique du Mahathera Fa Bot: Histoire du Praya Angaratha: p. 36)
Other close connection with Buddhism was mentioned in Chinese text more than any other regions. Another excerpt in Chinese texts also mentions the presence of Mahamaugalyana's house at Pandaranga.
A certain tradition that repeated on all Chinese notices identified Pandaranga either with Rajagrha or Srasvati: the texts opinionated for either one of the two illustrated cities, but all said that the foundation of the house of Maha-Maugalyana could be seen there. (BEFEO t. 3: Notes d' epigraphy: Pandaranga: The Chinese Withnessing: p. 632, By M. L. Finot)
Mahamaugalyana was a prominent Buddhist monk, disciple of Buddha Gautama, who was actively involving with the expansion of Buddhism. His house at Panduranga suggests the foundation of Buddhist center at the northern part of Indochina well before the Christian era. After Buddha Gautama entered into Nirvana, the Magadhan Empire was going to suffer its own decline. After the reign of King Bimbissara, the Indian Empire started it downfall under the reign of King Ajatasatu and his descendants. Recovered back by the Nanda, Magadha remained for most of its existence the Middle Kingdom of the Indian Cakravatin Empire. Except during the invasion of king Ashoka, Maghadha stood strong as the Buddhist center of the Gangetic India. Evidences show that under the influence of Buddhism, Magadhan rulers were more tolerant to diverse religious practices. Diverse religious believes were practiced as long they did not compromise the unity of the new established Cakravatin Empire and more importantly yield to bad practices. This successful concept allowed the Indian Cakravatin Empire to thrive on the ground of Indian diverse religious practices and later extended its expansion eastward into Southeast Asia (Notes: The Link with Aryavata). Local Southeast Asian tradition soon made its claim that the Sakya were among the elite migrants, moving into the mainland Indochina in great numbers. Ancient chronicles, especially of Burmese source, contain also accounts of the Sakya migration into Southeast Asia since the early time that continued long after the Buddha's era. Unfortunately, there are not much Indian sources to support the claim and western scholars had interpreted the discrepancy as an attempt to gain credibility over Buddhism by early Indochinese monks authoring the chronicles. In addition to its ancient Srasvati legacy, Pandaranga was also known in Chinese text as Rajagrha, a reference to a capital or a major city of the Mauyan Empire. Our finding show that it was once ruled by Mang-Sui-Ti, a grand-son of Ashoka, and was once a Mahayana Buddhist Center of Southeast Asia (The Sakadvipa: The Saka of Daya-Desa: The Yueh-Shih and the Mauryan Empire). It was the Han's incursion that drove Srasavati to its current location of Prey-Nokor, at the eastern coast of the mainland Indochina.
Sudharmavati or the Abode of Buddhist Dharma
There is still contradictory claim on where to locate Sudharmavati at the time. The Mon and Burmese Tradition claims that Sudharmavati was always at Tathon, however archeological findings do not support the claim. As the Sanskrit name of an ancient city or state was transient and often changed due to the political development of the region, Tathon becoming Sudharmavati happened much at later time. At the same time, evidence shows that Sri Dharmaraja was instead the forefront of the Khmer-Mon civilization of the Valley at least until Pegu or Hangsavati was formed at the early part of the ninth century. Gucha-Nagapura was then the stronghold of the naga culture before the next wave of Buddhist expansion under the leadership of king Ashoka changed the region into the Buddhist stronghold of Sudharmavati, meaning the abode of Dharma. Continuing the Chinese records of the Tang Dynasty concerning the culture of the Kola, the next passage describes army recruits of Gucha-Naga (Nokor Wat: Maha Nokor: The Siam Kut).
Soldiers used bows and arrows, spears and javelins. They decorated themselves with peacock feathers. At war one hundred elephants constitute one company, with a hundred men for each elephant. The transport cabin mounted on top of the elephant resembles a cage, with four men inside, carrying bows and spears.
From the description, the Gucha-Naga recruits resembled very much the army troops depicted on the wall of Angkor-Wat under the label of Siam Kuti who were in fact Ligor' s warriors. They were remnants of the naga culture, left over during the Khmerization of Kamboja.
The taxes are two shu of silver. There is no silk and cannabis, but only cotton. They raised a lot of cattle and a few horses. Only the officials had the right to raise horses. When a man take a wife, he should give present of batel nuts, sometime to 200 pots. After the wedding the wife follows the husband family. The music instruments are the pipa (guitare) and the heng li(flute), the cymbal in Bronze, an iron drum and calabas. The dead are burnt, the aches preserved, kept in golden urn, and threw in the sea. Their cultures are the same as Chih-tu and Toholo.
One important characteristic of the culture is the cremation of the dead and the ashes are preserved in urn that is consistent with the Kamara culture. As to the people, they were Austroasiatic stock speaking Mon-Khmer Language and their culture is very much the same as the northern Siam and the rest of Dvaravati of the time (Notes: Siam' s people). The Mahavamsa also mentioned a second visit of Buddha Gautama to Nagadvipa. After the dynastic feud between his nephew and brother had been resolved, The Naga-king Maniakkhika of Kalyani invited Buddha Gautama to visit his country.
The Naga-king Maniakkhika of Kalyani, mother' s brother to the Naga Mahadara, who had come thither to take part in the battle and who, a fore time, at the first Buddha coming, had heard the true doctrine preached. He had become established in the refuges and in the moral duties, prayed now to the Tathagata: "Great is the compassion that thou hast shown us here. O Master! Hads thou not appeared we had all been consumed to ashes. May thy compassion yet light also especially on me. O thou who art in loving-kindness, in that thou shall come yet again hither to my dwelling-country, O thou peerless one". (MHVS: The Visit of the Tathagata)
Foreseeing that Southeast Asia would become the future holding ground of his religion, Buddha Gautama accepted the invitation and his trip was the very first ground breaking of Buddhism in the region. The trip agrees with the Mon tradition as the very first attempt by Buddha Gautama to spread Buddhism at Suvannaphumi. Accompanied by most of his eminent disciples, Buddha Gautama first opened the naga societies of king Maniakkhika as the center of Buddhist expansion. Kalyani was the ancient capital or a city of Vanga at East Bengal where Buddhist tradition had been retained since until late eleventh century. According to local traditions the trip then continued on to the northern part of Nagadvipa where Buddha Gautama ordained many of the first Indochinese monks. Siam tradition (The Chieng-mai Chronicle: The Buddha and the Lawa, Wyatt) claims that during the visit, Buddha Gautama ordained four Lava monks at Chiang Mai which retained since then its name as Sangharatha, the cities of the monks. The Mahavamsa moreover adds that Buddha Gautama had done three trips to Langka. As we had argued, it was not the same as Sri Langka of today but was Langkasuka or Sudhammavati of the Menam valley that rich memory of Buddha Gautama' s visits was retained in many local legends and tradition. The same way that the Mon development at Tathon was actually inherited from Sri Dharmaraja (The Ramandesa: The Mon countries: The Mon of Hamsavati), we shall see that Sri Langka of today was also a later development of Langkasuka brought by the displacement of the Sri Vijaya court down south.
NOKOR TUK (THE WATER KINGDOM)
As he was mentioned in the Mahavamsa to be the king of the ocean Naga-kingdom, king Mahadara must to rule over the Bay of Bengal. His kingdom was also mentioned to cover half a thousand yoganas, vast enough to reach the Malay Peninsular. Locating his kingdom at Manipura agrees with the fact that it was drifted to the Menam Valley where evidence shows that it became the actual site of the Gachala Naga house at later date. By the time that king Hun-Tien subjugated the kingdom of Kauk Tloak, evidences show that Southeast ASia was already infested by the western Kambujas. As proved by the artifacts unearthed from the Dong-son culture, they brought materialistic progression into the region.
The Ocean Naga King
Like other pre-Hindu developments, the naga legacy was found mostly in early Hindu folklore. One such epic was the Mahabharata in which Khrisna was mentioned to be a kinsman of the naga people and live among them in the naga world. A country known as Dvaravati is identified as a place where Khrisna spent the last days of his life with his friend, the naga king Balarama. Since the epic was compiled in India, scholars were quick to conclude that Dvaravati must to be also in India and Gucharat had been suggested as its actual site (Notes: The Dvaravati of Gujarat). Evidences however show that two other places as having no less of Dvaravati' s legacy must to be considered also as its actual location. First, Dvaravati of the Menam Valley where concrete evidences prove that it was actually the residence of the Naga King Bhagadatta, could also have been the ancestral hometown of Balarama (Notes: The Dvaravati of the Menam Valley). Chinese texts witness the existence of the kingdom of Tian-Sun to be part of the Kambojan Empire after the Christian era. Covered very much the western shore of the mainland Indochina, Tian-Sun reached to the southern tip of the Malay Peninsular. As its name implied, it was the country of the Tian descendants who of Ta-Tsin (Kamboja: The conquest of Funan: Tian Souen or the country of the Brahmans). Mesopotamia that was known to be the residence of the naga king Maraduk could be as well the same as Dvaravati of the Mahabharata (Notes: The Dvaravati of Mahabharata). Evidences show that the two localities were politically and commercially closely connected through the sea trade. Continuing on the Mahabharata epic, the Param-Kambojans were mentioned to take part in the Kuru' s war on the side of the Kauruvas. Other Southeast Asian naga subsidies, like Anga, were also mentioned to be fighting on the same side along with the western Kambojans. If the claim is correct, the founding of the Param-Kambojan country by the Naga King Bhagadatta must to predate the foundation of the western Kambuja Kingdom of Daya-Desa or Parthia (Notes: The Kambojas of Parthia). The concrete evidence of Bhagadatta as an Southeast Asian Naga king could be find in a Khmer inscription, found at the site of Ayudhya at the Menam Valley.
In the Bhuja (Naga) world, the first king of Gucha-Nagapura was Sri Bhuja Bhagadatta. (JSS: Une nouvelle d'inscription d'Ayuthya, George Coedes)
It identifies the ruler of Gucha-Nagapura as the naga king Bhagadatta, and through him the naga legacy was implanted in the Menam Valley. It is important to note that Bhagadatta was not a name but a title of the Param-Kambojan King. The Siam tradition of Khun Borom along with his court spreading civilization among the flood survivors indicates further that the legacy of Paramesvara dated back since the Great Flood. In Chinese Texts that were recorded during the Tang dynasty, Paramesvara was mentioned in close connection with Bhagadatta.
Kolo was also called Kolo-fu-sha-lo. The name of the king is Shih-li-po-lo, his personal name is Mi-Shih-po-lo. The walls of the city are built of stones and the houses are covered with palm leaves. There is 24 chou. (KL: Appendix II Ko-lo-Fou-cha-la)
The word "Kolo-fu-sha-lo" is the transcription of the Sanskrit word Kolagujala, meaning the Elephant Race. The text mentions that the name of the king was "Shih-li-po-lo" and his personal name was "Mi-Shih-po-lo". Scholars agreed that the two names should be combined to be "Shih-li-po-lo-Mi-Shih-po-lo" which is a Chinese transcription of "Sri Paramesvara". Back to the epic battle of Kuruksetra, the Mahabharata indicates that the last Simha kings of Middle East would look for support from their eastern Kambojan peers to fight against the Assyrian and that Bhagadatta was killed by Arjuna in the battle. Perhaps because of his death that the western Kambojan leadership moved to take control of his court of Northern Meru countries and went down further to take over Southeast Asia. Of western origin, these Simha Kings were well known of their physical strength, often mentioned to be comparable to a lion. Their strength was a typical trait of the western Kambojan stocks, often portrayed as belonging to the race of giants. As we had seen, they were soon purged from Southeast Asia and according to the Mahavamsa, it was Buddha Gautama himself who orchestrated the purging.
Tukkola and the Island of Kauk-Tloak
Tukkola was among the first cities mentioned on the Neddesa and was also cited in another Buddhist text, the Milindapanha. The word "Tuk-Kola" is the concatenation of the Khmer word "Tuk" meaning water and the Sanskrit word "kola" meaning family. Contrary to Takkasila that was referring to the Mountain Kingdom of Coladara, Tuk-Kola was referring to Nokor Tuk (the Water or Sea Kingdom) of king Mahadara. A place of the Menam Valley is still retaining its name as Pang-tuk that was undoubtedly another version of Tuk-Kola. As the word "Pang" is a Khmer derivative of the Sanskrit word "Vamsa" meaning dynasty and the Khmer word "Tuk" meaning water, Tuk-Kola was the place of the Water (Sea) Dynasty. A Khmer inscription, found at the site of Ayudhya, witnesses the existence of a clan of the naga families, the Gucha-Naga, thriving in the southern part of the Menam Valley until the seventh century. Describing the culture of the people, a Chinese text recorded the tradition of jar or urn cremation that is consistent with the new Meru legacy of the Kun-Lun culture. It verifies that Tuk-Kola was indeed an ancient city of the Tian culture known in Chinese text as Hiong-Wang kingdom. Local tradition claims that some inhabitants took shelter in the caves that were hidden under water during the high tide but were exposed during the low tide. It confirms the fact that until the fifth century, the lower part of the delta regions of all the rivers of the mainland Indochina were submerged (Prey-Nokor: The Cradle of Nokor Khmer: The Great lake). This particular habitat could become later the object of the Underworld' s mystification in the Sumerian folk tales and the under-water world of the Naga in the Hindu folklore. Nevertheless, evidence show that a new generation of civilized societies was later formed on the dried lands of the many islands in the shallow bay. The Khmer Tradition had a specific account of the visit of Buddha Gautama with the company of his brother and disciple Ananda, to the island of Kauk-Tloak during his peacemaking trip to the region.
Then Prah Boromtriloka (Buddha Gautama), before going into Nirvana, made a trip around Jumbudvipa along the coastal shore with Ananda (his brother and disciple), and arrived at a big island where a Tloak tree grew tall at the middle. A hole in the big tree provided shelter to a lizard. The land was flat like the surface of a drum. The naga king and his entourage often came to amuse themselves there. Then the Sastacariyavamsa invited Prah Simhanad, along with Ananda to take shelter under the shade of the Tloak tree. (RPNK: the Tloak tree)
In a beautiful natural setting, the island was often mentioned as an amusement place for the Naga. Understandably, after his peacemaking mission was accomplished, Buddha Gautama would want to spend a quiet time with his brother Ananda for on the island for a good rest. It was there, continues the Khmer Tradition, that Buddha Gautama confined to his brother the future emergence of Nokor Khmer right out of the surrounding submerged land. It took more than a half millennium later for the prophecy to realize itself. A prince from India, named Prah Thong, came with his court and built the Khmer Empire with the support of his father in law, the naga King. It is said that the latter was the descendant of the same Naga King who, with his entourage, came to request Buddha' s preaching at the island. It was also at the same island that Prah Thong met the Naga King' s daughter, the Nagi princess, and proposed to her. With the consent of the Naga King, their wedding was taken place also on the same island (Nokor Khmer: The Khmerization of Kamboja: The start of the Khmer Empire). Until then Tukkola was the site of many Sakan incursion from the north that affected the stability of the region until modern time. At first, the advent of king Vijaya who was exiled from Vanga due to his bad ruler-ship might also taken place around the same time that Buddha Gautama visited the place. It is said that he and his family members were all exiled to the south, however they were sent separately, which kept apart and spread them out to settle across Langkasuka and the Malay archipelago (Sakadvipa: The Tai Incursion: The Sri Vijaya). After the formation of Nokor Khmer, Sudhammavati became the Buddhist center of South Asian Sea under the rulership of the Sri Vijaya. Another event that contributed to the strengthening of the Buddhist tradition of Sudhammavati was the actual spreading of Buddhism by king Ashoka and his sons to Southeast Asia. Last and not least, evidences show that the arrival of the Khmer King Kaundinya (Prah Tong) was actually marked the shift of epicenter of Hinayana Buddhism practice from Magadha to Southeast Asia. Evidences also prove that the famous Buddhagosha who was credited in Buddhist source to be the progenator of Hinayana sect of Buddhism in Southeast Asia was also well connected with the Kaundinya court (The Indianization: The Gupta' s legacy: The Introduction of Theravada Buddhism).
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3300-1200 BC: Bronze Age; 2070-1600 BC: Xia Dynasty; 1300-1046 BC: Shang or Yin Dynasty (China); 1200-800 BC: Greek Dark Ages; 1046-221 BC: Chou Dynasty (China); 1000-1BC: Dong-son Culture; 543 BC: Buddha passed into Maha Parinibbana; 322-185 BC: The Mauryan Empire; 221-207 BC: Quin Dynasty; 206 BC-220: Han Dynasty.
- The knowledge of God and Evil
To accommodate the fresh start of Asura, Hindu scholars created the concept of Trinity (Tri-divinity) to include Lord Brahman as the god of creation, Lord Siva (in commemoration of Meru) as the god of both creation and destruction, and Lord Vishnu as the god of preservation. Beside their rivalry, the three siblings were all recognized and were revered for their crucial contribution to the world civilization of today. Zoroastrianism however changed the Dragon (Naga) image of the Aryaman ()Sivaism) into the force of Devil and the Bull Image of the Nanda (Brahmanism) as Satan.
- The Tree of Knowledge vs the Tree of Life
When the new Adam and Eve broke God' s trust by eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, they were chased out from the Garden of Eden. God then prevented them from eating the fruit from the Tree of Life. As no description is given, there are conflicting interpretations on what the two fruit trees are. Some say that the Tree of Knowledge was an apple tree, which was not by any mean a tropical tree of Southeast Asia. That explains why the eastern world knows nothing about the Tree of Knowledge (of God and Evil). On the other hand, the eastern concept of seven spectrums was not known or ignored to the western Zoroastrianism.
- Karna as a Prince of Anga
In a clash with Arjuna, Duryodhana titled Karna as a prince of Anga, a symbolic move that qualified Karna to fight with Arjuna. It was doubtfully that Karna became the ruler over Anga by the arrangement since Duryodhana who gave out the title was then just a prince himself. Karna however was originated from the Sun God and the entitlement of eastern naga kingdoms to the Sun Dynasty was traditionally strong. As we shall see, Anga was actualy located at Southeast Asia to become later the seat of Angkor (Anga-Nagara)
- The Shang Dynasty
After the fall of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt, the Kambujas lost their supremacy at the west. Evidences show that they regrouped themselves at the east to form the Shang Dynasty. Continuing their exploits at the Eastern Europe, they extended their control over Central Asia and made their ways deep into the Chinese continent.
Jambudvipa was known in Buddhist tradition as the birthplace of the four previous Buddhas that already completed theirs Yuga in sustaining humankind as well as attaining theirs enlightenment. Because of that, many scholars attributed it to the Indian continent. The same as Bharata, Jambudvipa was supposed to be the birthplace of small family of kings who were directly descended from King Samantha. In that sense, it is actually a reference to the mainland Indochina, but includes to it western limit the Gangetic India and share its eastern border with China.
- Dvaravati at Gujarat
Gujarat as part of the Indus Valley, might have connection with both the naga king of the Mahabharata and later the Indo-Aryan speakers Rajputs more than any other part of India. There is still speculation that a big chunk of ancient Gujarat was under the water and constituted the kingdom of the Naga king. Gujurat might receive the name as Dvaravati, as an important sea port and maritime gate to both the West and the East. To reflect back, the connection between Gujarat and the Southeast Asian Dvaravati dated from the arrival of the Sakas by both land and sea route.
- The Dvaravati of Mahabharata
In the epic "Mahabharata", Dvaravati was specified as the naga country ruled by the naga king Balarama. Etymologically, Balarama was a title that means "Bala the son of Ra". It is a close connection to the Semitic word "Babylon" which means the gate of gods that is itself an equivalent to the Sanskrit word "Dvaravati", meaning the abode of the gates (of gods).
- The Dvaravati of the Menam Valley
As the naga culture was expanded through out the world, it is expected that Dvaravati could be any part of it. The specification that Dvaravati was under water however limits our search to Southeast Asia. The Mahadara of the Bay of Bandon matches exactly the description. It could be that Dvaravati, like Takkola, was the ream of the ancient Hiong-Wang Empire and a reminiscence of the ancient Mahadara of the Ocean Naga King.
- Taxila and Babylon
In Buddhist literature, particularly in the Jatakas, Taxila is often referred to as a seat of learning and the home of world famous teachers. Archeology findings, however, suggests that the actual site of Taxila of today is much more recent than that.
The truth disclosed by the hard facts of excavation is much more sober. The earliest of the remains uncovered on the site go back no further than the sixth century BC or thereabouts. (Sila: Historical: No Structural remains of prehistoric date of Taxila).
The fact that Taxila was mostly in Buddhist scripture agree with the fact that like Babylon, Taxila was closely connected to the Nanda. Taxila at the West was obviously founded when the Nanda Empire extended itself to Middle East. In pre-Buddhist era, Takkasila was meant to be the stronghold of the Brahmans that started since the early formation of Ta-tsin and was originally located in Southeast Asia (The Man Race: Nokor Phnom: Takkasila).
- The Kambojas of Parthia
From the fact that the Param-Kambojans were participating in the Kuru' s war along side with the Kambuja of Gandhara around the fifteenth century BC, their existence was earlier than the Kuru' s war itself and can be associated to the ascension of Seth to the Egyptian throne.
- Tian in Chinese pictograph
The origin of Heaven as a deity among the Chou people is very difficult to trace. The Chinese word is Tian; its form in early Chou times was (a depiction of a man), which is the figure of a man (BChina:Religion: p. 342).
- The Param-Kamboja in the Mahabharata
In their own account, their tradition is more connected to Babylon of Mesopotamia than the Tian of the Kamara culture and scholars speculate that they were the Param-Kambojan tribesmen of Kiaratha to fight alongside the Pandavas in the Kuru' s war of the Mahabharata epic story.
- Early Chinese Development
This was because northern China was not affected by the Great Flood as much as its southern part and was subjected to the early Meru development of the Xia Dynasty until being subjugated by the Shang. The Shang Dynasty build Anyang and its southern part Annam according to the blueprint and tradition of the west.
- The Beginning of the Race of Giant
Instead of finding the Tree of Life, they instead learned the Knowledge of God and Evil that included Giantism from the local Lawa Shamans. Driven out by Buddha Gautama, they were settling first at upper Laos and further north at Yunnan where residue of Ho leadership remained as witnesses to the Dong-Son culture until modern days. To further east, their settlement on the Red River basin yielded the archeology site of Dien Bien Phu that became an indicator of Southeast Asia cultural under-change under the Sakan interference.
- Civilization of South America
There are still hot debates on how South American civilization was taking place before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. One side argues for the locality of the indigenous culture, the other argues for foreign incursion including African and Polynesian interference. The array of difference in South American customs appears to support the latter claim. The similarity of South American development, in parallel to that of Southeast Asia and Middle East leads us to believe that earlier cultural exchanges between the three continents, and other part of the world, existed before and after the Great Flood.
- Confucianism in the History of China
Confucianism was often listed as a world religion. As compared to Buddhism, it was classified as a philosophical culture that brought systematic approach to the pragmatic conduct of individual as well as the state affair. Both cultures aimed in promoting happiness for the practitioners, but unlike western schools of beliefs had based their practices on self-development through rigorous disciplines, instead of worshipping. Theirs conception were both based on the Tree of Life conception of the universe. However the similarity stopped right there. Confucianism core that was based on the Yin and Yang energies, was actually based on historical events that happening mostly during the Kalayuga. Buddhism on the other hand based its conception on timelessness.
- The Arrival of Middle Eastern leadership in Southeast Asia
The Arrival of Middle Eastern leadership in Southeast Asia was confirmed by the Sumerian mythology of Gilgamesh and Ishta to the Netherland in the search of the Tree of Life. Politically, they were at Southeast Asia to regroup themselves and went back to take control of Middle East. The first to come was Gilgamesh whose journey in Southeast Asia left the long Kambu legacy of the mainland Indochina. The next to come was Ishta whose story of her trip to the Netherland was complementing the usurpation of Osiris by his brother Seth. Her venturing in Southeast Asia was actually the start of the Cham aristocrat settlement in Southeast Asia.
- Buddha Gautama' s half Time Prophecy
By refusing to become a Cakravatin Monarch, Buddha Gautama renounced his legitimate right to become the world' s ruler. Instead of committing himself to the chaos world of politic, he spent the rest of his life concentrating on perfecting the untainted world of Dharma. Unlike other religions, Hinayana Buddhism was solely based on Buddha' s teaching. Its primary goal was to guide humanity into attaining the ultimate salvation, which was to lead human souls into the ream of god (Nirvana). His teaching brought rationalism to another level that helped humanity in coping with the rest of the Kalayuga to come. When asked about what happened next to his religion, Budhha replied to his disciples that they should not worry about. In the first half of the yuga to come, his Dharma would stay to guide humanity through Buddhism.
- The Link with Aryavata
The connection between the Gangetic India and Central Asia had been established since and possibly earlier than its Aryanization. On the other hand Chinese text had recorded that a land trade between Indochina with Central Asia, had been established already around the second century BC.
Tchang-Kien, arriving at Bactriane, had found bamboo and cloths from the actual province of Yunnan and Sseu-Tchouang. People told him that they received them from a rich country named Chen-Tou. It was then that Tchang-Kien, thinking about difficulties of the northern route often cut by the nomad people of Central Asia, conceived the project of opening for China a way to the west by the countries of the south.
As Chen-Tou was referring to India, a land route from the south of China to Central Asia through India was established before the second century BC.
- The To Raja
Among the tribesmen of the Malay Archipelago, the Toraj presented themselves as outsider of the Indonesian Islands. Their exotic culture had a long recollection that they were not natives of the islands and that their ancestors came by ships. That matches the account of Mahavamsa of the ships carrying the exiled children of the Vijaya King that landed in Malaya. On the other hand, the identity "Toraj" appears to be of the Sanskrit word "To-raja" meaning the Lion King. Their settlement became later known in Sanskrit word as Simhapura.
- The Dvipavamsa' s Account of Vijaya
The author of Dipavamsa has, however, tried to be more factual in referring to the husband of the princess as a man named Sinha who was an outlaw that attack caravan en route. In the meantime, Sinha-bahu and Sinhavali, as king and queen of the Kingdom of Lala, "gave birth to twin sons, sixteen times." The eldest was Vijaya and the second was Simitta. As Vijaya was of cruel and unseemly conduct, the enraged people requested the king to kill his son. But the king caused him and his seven hundreds followers to leave the kingdom, and they landed in Sri Lanka, at a place called Tamba-panni, on the exact day when the Buddha passed into Maha Parinibbana in 543 BC.
(MHVS: A Comparative study: Dissimilarities)
- The Siam Legacy of Khun Borom
It is understandable that Paramesvara, referring as Khun Borom in the Siam tradition, had hold on to his legacy of Mahadara as the father of Khun Inh who ruled over Sri Ayudhya and Lavo after the fall of the Chenla Empire. Eventually Paramesvara became the god King of the Angkorean court, descendants of Kaundinya and the Nagi Princess, and continued to be part of the Angkorean legacy until the end of the Cakravatin Empire.
- The Nanda Dynasty
Kalasoka, the son of Sisu-Naga, was assassinated by a man of low origin-barber according to some accounts-named Mahapadma Nanda, who succeeds to the throne, and founded a new dynasty known as the Nanda. Mahapadma seems to have been a great military genius. He defeated and destroyed the far-famed Kshatriya families.
(India: Chapter I: Nanda Dynasty)
- Ceylan vs Sri Langka
Ceylan is perhaps a derivative from Sri Langka. By the time that Ashoka sent his son Mahinda to Southeast Asia, Ceylan might not have been yet formed as a kingdom. AS we have argued, Langadvipa of the time was still located in Southeast Asia.