Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How Tanganyika got its name.

Conventional wisdom says Tanganyika is derived from Swahili for 'sail'. I have another theory. Tanganyika has a very Tamil sound. And it feels like it must have been formed from 'Thanga Neekka' or 'Where gold is removed'. It's highly possible that Tamil explorers discovered gold deposits near the lake and concentrated their energies on neekifying thangam or mining out gold. So the waterway to the gold deposits became Thanga-neeka and over a period of time it morphed into the Swahili Tanganyika.

And why do I feel this is credible? Ancient Tamils did a lot of trading with East Africa. And evidence is fast emerging that much of South India's gold came from Africa. Also, Tanzania is the third big gold producer of Africa.

4 comments:

  1. Are you suggesting that the people indigenous to that place have no understanding of naming? Why would the name of a place in the heart of the motherland have Tamil origin?

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  2. No, not at all. I am just suggesting that there is an Ancient Tamil - African connect that needs to be explored. Hard evidence seems to point to that.

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  3. I understand. The region seems to have been a very active trading area in the times of old. I also understand the system of trade was going to as far as Asia. So this makes sense to me. I think that Africa is a place where cultures meet, and so the influences are from different places. regards

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  4. Yes, Africa was the first melting pot. And probably the mothership of modern civilization.

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