November 19, 2006

Kumari Kandam

Kumari Kandam is a land mass that is supposed to be submerged under the India Ocean, extending from the southern tip of peninsular India, to Madagascar in the west, and Australia in the east. It is sometimes considered as part or all of Lemuria, a hypothetical continent variously located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. References to Kumari Kandam can be found in the Tamil literature, including Cilapathikaram and Manimekalai. We may infer from these and other references that extensive land areas occupied by the Tamils have been lost to the sea due to massive tidal waves or tsunami. Both Kumari Kandam and Lemuria have been dismissed as myths by most of the scientific community. The Kumari Kandam hypothesis appears to have received a fresh breadth of life now.

The findings of a recent study of large sedimentary deposits, called chevrons, found along the south eastern coast of Madagskar, suggest that the contents of these deposits may have come from the same area of the Indian Ocean, once occupied by the ancient Tamil kingdoms . Dallas Abbott, an adjunct research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, N.Y., believes that the chevrons are from a crater in the the Indian Ocean, caused by a comet or a large asteroid that crashed into the earth 4800 years ago. The resulting tsunami, several times more massive than the one caused by the earthquake in Aceh, Indonesia in 2004, would have carried the sediments to Madagascar, 900 miles northwest of the Burckle crater discovered by Dr. Abbott.

Of this mega-tsunami, Ted Bryant, a geomorphologist at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, says,

"We’re not talking about any tsunami you’re ever seen,” Dr. Bryant said. “Aceh was a dimple. No tsunami in the modern world could have made these features. End-of-the-world movies do not capture the size of these waves. Submarine landslides can cause major tsunamis, but they are localized. These are deposited along whole coastlines."

Approaching this catastrophic event from another angle, Dr. Bruce Masse, an environmental archaeologist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, believes that the tsunami occurred in May, 2807 BCE, coincident with a total solar eclipse in the area. Dr. Masse draws this conclusion from an analysis of 175 flood myths from around the world, including the one that's supposed to have destroyed Kumari Kandam.

A closer investigation of the Burckle crater for signs of an impact, if successful, would augment the evidence for this theory. May we request Dr. Abdul Kalam, the President of India, who is also a scientist and happens to be a Tamil, to send a ship with the necessary scientific equipment and personnel to the crater?

3 comments :
  1. Good post. I just chanced upon this while searching some references for Kumari Kandam - from Google. Also found this from internet: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/353277.stm which talks about same thing in same area - just timescales are widely different. Maybe there is some connection, maybe not.

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  2. It's interesting how quickly stories get exaggerated into legends of mythic proportions.
    Plate tectonics has been conclusively confirmed as the mechanism to explain shifting of continents over millions of years, furthermore mapping the ocean floor dose not reveal any features that might have been a lost continent.

    The closest one can come, apart from the aforementioned tsunami, is a general rise in sea level by 100m about 14k years ago. If you map the current coastal topography of the Indian coast with sea levels 100 m lower, you will find the land bridge joining India and Srilanka.
    Since this happened within human pre-history, there would have been survivors and migrants from these regions who carried with them the tale of the flood.
    Over time, it would've been embellished to create this Kandam myth.

    More details at this well researched paper(PDF link) -
    https://www.indianfolklore.org/journals/index.php/IFRJ/article/view/178/183

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