A Jain pilgrim to the West once built a chapel next to the family estate in Brittany ~ he became a 6th century Christian saint ~ his name means " "Joyful Servant" in Sanskrit.
I've found referring to Sanskrit or to friends who studied it in India for some period of time to be very useful in pursuing place name meanings for names that popped up in the early Dark Ages period.
Frankly i had no idea India sent missionaries out anywhere ~ we view it as always being a sea of poor people with a wealthy ruling aristocracy. Actually, it had a high standard of living during the Early Medieval period (the Dark Ages right after the end of the world) and high education standards.
The Jains had a number of kings and princes who had the wherewithal to education and then send Jain missionaries to the West. Apparently some of them made it and ended up in church histories.
Their purpose had been to teach AHEMSA, or total pacifism. This actually caught on in Christian circles. The monasteries rose after the end of the world (545 AD or thereabout) and those pledges look remarkably Jain-like. One saint's sermons to the kings of Wales and Brittany was so heavy on AHEMSA you could probably hear that from a visiting dagombra (skyclad) to this day!
The Jain missionaries USED Sanskrit like we've used Latin in the past, but it's probable that the plight of the West was understood in India because the missionaries sent out to educate people seem to have written in latin as well ~ so they had learned that from Catholic and jewish missionaries to india.
Regarding the end of the world, one of the descriptions given of what it looked like on the ground was provided by St. Gildas and that is often interpreted by the English historians to be a story of Ancient Saxons invading and burning out Britons. it reads much more like a large boloid cruising through NW Europe setting fire to everything ~ that happens circa 535AD.
Informative post. Thanks!
Check this out:
The side link PDF: "23 Major Facts"
In particular, "#20 - The Discovery of America AD 562"
How the heck could bolide swarms burn ancient Britain "from sea to sea" without it being acknowledged by history?!
Anandadas? Dasananda? Harshadas?
It is also highly likely that India had Christians in the first century. Thomas, of the Doubting Thomas story, is said to have died in India. I would be surprised if India hadn't sent out Christian missionaries in the past two thousand years.
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