Kumkuma/Vermillion Powder: Sacred Across the Ancient World

Note: Written in 2009 after listening to a discussion by prominent Archeologists. The topic was the ancient world’s use of Red Ochre, (Vermillion Cinnabar powder) in relation to Sacred Burials. The scholars admitted being clueless as to the cultural significance of Vermillion Powder. Yet a brief scan of the role of Vermillion Powder reveals that it has been considered sacred by all who use it. Was this merely based upon it’s obvious vibrance and richness? The historical evidence suggests something more. It is yet another clue highlighting an Ancient and Divine connectivity at work.

Skeleton of the Red Queen, coated in cinnabar, via Past Horizons. In the Tomb of the Red Queen in Palenque (600–700 AD), the remains of a noblewoman were covered with bright Vermilion. The walls of the tombs of Maya rulers were often painted with Vermillion Cinnabar

There is another fascinating link between India, Egypt, China and the Ancient Americans. It is Kum Kum or Vermillion Powder.

Archeologists are puzzled as to why many ancient tombs are drenched with Vermillion Powder. Whether it be in China, Peru, Mexico, Europe or Egypt, Vermilion/Kum Kum Powder was used.

The question asked is, “What significance did the red vermilion powder have to these diverse ancient cultures around the world?”

Of course Western scholars speculate, but to my knowledge not once have these experts considered that nearly a billion people still use vermilion powder on a daily basis.

The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii was a showcase for the expensive vermilion pigment made from ground cinnabar. This was a Sacred place for the initiation of young women into a Greco-Roman mystery cult.  Vermillion has a sacred connotation everywhere it was used in the ancient world.

Just perhaps these billion people have information as to the significance of Kum Kum Powder in the current era. By tracing its use we come to the obvious conclusion that India’s Modern Hindu Civilization provides many insights into the ancient world. This is because it is the only civilization that has maintained an unbroken link with the ancient world.

This fact, once accepted, will allow for the world’s academia to develop accurate theories. By a study of the ongoing, practical and applicable realities of everyday Hindu lifestyles, we are provided a window into the past. In this way we can understand the past.

As an example, an ancient potter’s wheel has the same use as a modern potter’s wheel. It is thus easy to deduce its applicable usefulness even thousands of years later. The same method can be applied to Kum Kum.

Archeologists are puzzled as to why many ancient tombs are drenched with Vermillion Powder. Whether its in China, Chile, Mexico, Rome or Egypt Vermilion/Kum Kum is used. If the archeologists truly want to know why the ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Europeans and Americans used vermilion powder, perhaps they can ask the Modern Hindus of India. Its only logical to learn from the people who have used it for thousands of years and continue to use it to this very day.
Funerary Mask A.D. 900–1100. Peru. Gold, silver-copper overlays with cinnabar. The Met Museum of Art, NYC

The value given to many ignorant theories regarding India is truly startling. They fail to accurately inform for they have been developed without the input of those actually living the culture. Prejudiced theories surely have no more value than holistic theories that actually take the traditions of a culture into account.

Many ancient mysteries can be resolved by combining such experiential wisdom with modern scientific research techniques. Once these two are unified, humanity can once and for all cross over the tyranny of politicized academia.

  • In the Bible vermilion is listed as a pigment that was in use for painting buildings during the reign of Shallum the son of Josiah king of Judah and is named in the book of the prophet Ezekiel as a pigment used in art that portrayed Chaldean men. (Jeremiah 22:11–14, Ezekiel 23:14–17)
  • The Vermilion rose is a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“Research shows it has been used at various times and places to denote blood, victory, success, the duality of life and death, and immortality. For example, the pigment was used during triumphal processions by Romans. It was also applied to skulls and bones as part of burial rituals in neolithic cultures in Anatolia, China, Galilee, Spain, and Syria, and in many cultures of the ancient Americas.” The Story of Cinnabar and Vermilion (HgS) at The Met

Typically India and Hinduism are not mentioned despite being the only living culture that actually uses Vermillion Powder to this very day.

Vermilion columns in the throne room in the Palace of Heavenly Purity in the Forbidden City of Beijing

The main gate of the Shaolin Monastery in Dengfeng, Henan is painted vermilion or Chinese red.

Mask & Skeleton of the Red Queen, coated in Vermillion

Two female mummies dated A.D. 1399 to 1475 found in Cerro Esmeralda in Chile in 1976 had clothes colored with cinnabar. Researchers still do not know the source of the cinnabar. Yet it was so valued that it was imported to Chile for the ceremony. Source

The first documented use of cinnabar or vermilion pigment was found at the neolithic village of Çatalhöyük in modern-day Turkey. This mural, from 7000–8000 BC, shows aurochs, a deer and humans. (Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara)

Kala=Time-Kalandar-Kalak; Modern Calendar Anomaly Explained thru Linguistics

The Calendar Anomaly. Why do the Months named as the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th months not match their numerical positions in the Modern Calendar?

September=the 7th month
October=the 8th month
November=the 9th month
December=the 10th month
70 leaves of birch bark that make up the Bakhshali manuscript Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. The Bakhshali manuscript contains the earliest known Indian use of a zero symbol. It is an ancient Indian mathematical text written on birch bark that was found in 1881 in the village of BakhshaliMardan (near Peshawar in present-day Pakistan). It is perhaps “the oldest extant manuscript in Indian mathematics. C. 235 AD

In the word Calendar we once again see an example of almost pure Sanskrit. Calendar (Kalandar) and Clock (Kalak) both come from the word Kala the Sanskrit word for Time. When we apply this same Sanskrit as a linguistic archaeological tool to our modern calendar, an anomaly is revealed.

In our modern calendar we have 12 months. According to this calendar, January to August represent the 1st to the 8th months. Next we find ourselves in September the 9th month, October the 10th month etc.

Yet when we translate the actual words September, October, November and December we find that we are dealing with numbers.

  • Sapta is Seven as in Sapta-Sindhu=7 rivers
  • Octa is Eight as in Octagon                          
  • Nava is Nine as in Nava Ratna=Nine Gems
  • Dasha is Ten as in Decimal.

Thus while September is now the 9th month, its very name reveals that it was originally Sapta, the 7th month of the year. The same holds true for October, November and December. Language reveals the puzzle and History provides the answer.

Ancient Roman mosaic representation of the Calendar Months found in North Africa

We inherited the modern calendar from the Romans. It was the Romans that added the months of July and August over 2000 years ago. ‘After Caesar’s death, the month Quintilis was renamed July in honor of Julius Caesar in 44 BC and, later, Sextilis was renamed August in honor of Roman Emperor Augustus in 8 BC.’ How did the Months get their names? Almanac.com

The most significant change was the addition of the two months of January and February to the original 10-month calendar. The original calendar consisted of only 304 days and was followed by an unnumbered period of winter. However, the two months were added between December and March

Despite the changes made to the calendar, the original template remains. However it requires the application of linguistics and and the accurate historical contexts to be understood. Fortunately with a combination of Linguistic Archeology and Traditional Roman testimonials the truth can be revealed.

Without the linguistic, cultural and historical clues, the Calendar Anomaly would remain unknown, what to speak of unsolved?

Though our modern calendar no longer reflects the original meanings of the months, the very names of these months inform us of their original placement. We can thus identify the calendar as it was thousands of years ago. Linguistic Archeology in effect!

Encoded within the names of these months is a forgotten legacy that can be revealed through the Sanskrit language. In the same way, all the answers to the mysteries of our past can be discovered. Again and again key elements that make up the very basis and fabric of ancient civilization remind us of our common global heritage.

It behooves us to begin extensive, intensive onsite investigations into this important field of research. The entire world will be benefited by the cataloging, deciphering and preservation of these many astounding reminders of the World’s Ancient Vedic Heritage.

Caesar’s ‘Veni Vidi Vici!’ Sanskrit, Latin or Both? 

Veni, Vidi, Vici! 'I Came, I Saw, I Conquered!' 
Julius Caesar 47 BC

Veni, Vidi, Vici! ‘I Came, I Saw, I Conquered!’ 
Julius Caesar 47 BC

A brief look at these three Latin words reveals an obvious yet obscured phenomenon. Though Latin, this famous phrase of Julius Caesar’s is in fact almost Pure Sanskrit…

VIDI translated as ‘I Saw’. This is the Sanskrit word(s) VEDA/ VIDHI / VIDHYA. Meaning Knowledge, Truth, Understanding. And yes Vidi Veda are indeed related to the word Video. 

Veni = Vani  = Want

Vidi = Vedi = Verify

            Vici = Vijai = Victory

VICI translated as ‘I Conquered’ is clearly the Sanskrit word VIJAYA / VIJAI meaning Victorious, Conquer, Triumphant. 

VENI translated as “I Came’ finds a direct correlation with the Sanskrit word VANI meaning Want, Desire, Wish, Obtainment, all words that indicate a pursuit of a goal reaching something or somewhere. 

Veni Vedi – Caesar Arrives and Comprehends
Vici – Caesar Accepts Vercingetorix Surrender

As to why such primal Latin words are basically Sanskrit the answer is simple yet deep, for it is a vast subject. 

The VERDict of the eVIDence is that VEDIC Sanskrit is VERIly found at the foundation of eVERY language spoken by humanity.

(Note: According to the rules of linguitics, the letters R &D are interchangeble I”ve therefore used Capitalized letters to emphasize the many English words like verdict, verily, verify that are derived from the Sanskrit word Veda.)

Test the VERAcity of this by ViSually noting this VERDICt whenever such words are used. They always refer to the truth and facts of a topic or situation. 

And as we see, it is not English alone that has Sanskrit at its core. For Sanskrit is the oriiginal Mother Language, the hypothesized Nostratic proto-language spoken at the very dawn of human history.