Bits And Pieces Of EMSL: Part I

By, John J White, III

Originally published in The Midwestern Epigraphic Society Journal

The author has found so many examples of significant EMSL words that some have become lost for lack of a suitable opportunity for discussion. The most important case is the so called “orphan”, an additional example that should have been explained in a previously published paper.

You may know that Central Asia has a second great desert comparable with the ‘Gobi’. This desert is called the ‘Takla Makan’, and it surrounds the Tarim Basin in western China. The name probably means The-Kala-Mighty-People or The-Mighty-Kali-People in EMSL. This name honors the great Indian Earth Mother “Kali-Ma”. The Chinese discriminate against the Central Asians, and one of the reasons may be the occurrence of brown skin. The successful Neolithic era in India led to the export of many brown-skinned people (Caucasian/Dravidian mixture). Also, western India was Buddhist around the time of Christ, leading to the spread of Buddhism to the Silk Road via the Khyber Pass. If you look at photographs of 19th century Apache Indian people, you will dark-skinned Caucasians with only 10% Chinese heritage. These are Dene people, Silk Road guardian soldiers from the Tarim Basir., who came to America to escape Chinghis Khan in 1233 CE (Ethel Stewart).

I recently wrote a short piece on the word “Semana” that needs an addition. “Semana” means The-father and has all manner of attributions including “Priest or Shaman”, “Week (Spanish)”, and “male reproductive fluid”. Father-words almost always have a “wisdom” attribute, and I failed to look for it previously. I recognized the omission when I thought about the English word “semantics”. “Semantics” is from the Greek “seman(a)ta” and is concerned with the meaning of words. “Mean” is a corrupt mena word that belongs with the words “knowledge/gnostic”, “widsom” and “think”. The word for mean” in Old Frisian is “mena”. Patridge gives us a clue by pointing out that “Semnos-” is an old Greek word for revered/-holy, giving us another EMC connection to the “Shaman” usage. And while I found no proof, it is easy to see that “think” could be a contraction of the-naka, meaning “the father”.

I went to a concert of the “Trio Voronezh”, who played classical music on old Russian instruments. They played a “Gypsy Dance” by composer Alexander Zigankov, who would likely be an ethnic Gypsy. Several years ago, I pointed out that the Gypsies are “Jattni” from India. They will use any permutation of the “Ga-ta-ni” (Spanish) name. “Zi-ga-n(i)” is such a name and is identical to the German version pronounced “Ze-gu-ne(r)”. Zigan likely refers to an ethnic Gypsy!

There is a naming confusion among the terms “manu, “ganu/kanu”, and “magu/maku”. These words meant “father”, “father/serpent”, and “mighty” in the old days, but the usage can be understood. The term “manu/mano/mana” has the attribute meaning of hand, which derives from the “hand of god” rock art symbol. Thus “mano” in Spanish means hand, as does the “manu-” in manufacture. But the “manu” in the Irish surname McManus is likely the sacred name father, because that would be the name of the clan or the clan king. “McManus” is not a corruption of “McMagnuson”! Recall the “Book of “Manu”.

The terms “magnus” and “magnates” mean great and leading people today. From an EMSL point of view, these are corrupt words because “maga/maka/maha” is the root for great, and nothing is gained by adding the “na/nu” term. The solution is to recognize that the “g” is really a “gg” that cannot be heard. Thus the EMSL correct “mag-gnus” would really mean great-father and “mag-gnates” would really mean great-fathers. Note that the words “mega, majo(r), and magic” are also derivatives of the old “maga/maka/maha” root.

Most people are insensitive to the high frequency of “naga/nara” words with the basic meaning father/serpent. A good example is the Spanish “Senor”, which clearly means The-father and its English derivative “Senior” implies Old-father. A “Senator” is a “Se(g)nate”, meaning The-father.


1. JJ White, “Earth Mother Sacred Language: A Key To Ancient Names Worldwide”, Midwestern Epigraphic Journal 10(1), 23-33 (1996).

2. EG Stewart, The Dene and Na-Dene Indian Migration – 1233 AD: Escape from Genghis Khan to America, ISAC Press, Columbus, GA, 1991.

3. JJ White, “Findings Related to the Ancient Name ‘Samana'”, Midwestern Epigraphic J 15, 1p (2001)

4. Eric Patridge, Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, Greenwich House, New York, 1983, pp 373, 378, 384, 390, 602-604, 621-622, 713-714, 913, and 947.

5. JJ White, “Gypsies: Strange Nomads from the Past”, Midwestern Epigraphic Journal 10(2), 65-66 (1996).






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