Re: maize in ancient india: strong transpacific links are indicated

Peter van Rossum (
Sat, 28 Dec 1996 22:07:36 GMT

In article <5a3ook$c6h$> (Bart Torbert) writes:
>In his book "The Secret" the late Dr. Joseph Mahan presented the same sort
>of evidence plus more. He was researching the Yuchi indians (formally of
>Georgia now in NE Oklahoma). He was trying to find evidence for
>suggestions in Yuchi lore that they were late arrivals to North America.
>THey are said to have come from India by way of the Mediterranean region.
>Mahan noted the same art work as Yuri mentions. Also he found growing in
>isolated valleys of the Himalayan foothills a strange small white corn
>that the Yuchi still grow.
>Mahan's book is hard to find, but worth reading if you can find a copy.
>Bart Torbert

So maize arrived from the New World into the Himalayas some time in the
distant past, there it underwent some genetic change to produce these
small white corn plants, then the Yuchi traveled westward to the
Mediterranean, carrying their mutated corn plants with them but not
disseminating them to anyone else, then they boated over to the New
World, thus reintroducing a mutated plant that originated in the New
World back into the New World.

Is that what Mahan is arguing for? Or did I misinterpret? If I
misinterpreted, please correct my errors.

Peter van Rossum