Juan (János) Moricz’ discovery of South American, Hungarian speaking Indians
by Györgyné Hary (1977)
The Peabody Museum announced to Harvard University that following the archaeological digs in Puebla, Mexico conducted by their research expedition sent there, this expedition concluded that the American man did not appear in America between 12-15 000 years ago – as previously thought – but over 40 000 years ago. Among the archaeological finds were human skeletons and chiseled stone tools together with ancient animals extinct for over 40 000 years. The news agencies of the USA spread these new all over the world.
In those days in Ecuador, Peru and the Amazonas Juan (János) Moricz, our compatriot, met such Indian tribes the members of which he could speak Hungarian with. In their legends they keep the awareness and knowledge of their many thousands of years’ old past and their kinship and connections with other peoples alive. Nobody has been able to refute Moricz’ discoveries, on the contrary, the Spanish for political and economical reasons have levelled heavy attacks against Moricz.
His discoveries are significant indeed. This much is certain, that through the many years of darkness the world’s ancient history has been in, the ancient past of the Magyar will shine with radiant splendour in front of all the peoples of the world. By reading the educational literature, daily press and the academic literature of the early 20th century it was common knowledge that in the Amazonas’ ancient jungles lives such White Indian tribes that they had practically not come in contact with yet, and thus this area held from the researchers many until then unknown surprises. A portion of these surprises is this one.
In the 1920s several reports were received to the effect that the Hungarian engineers and workers working in South and Central America were speaking Hungarian with the local Indian workers. Some of the Hungarian emigrants who settled here after the Second World War took these rumours seriously and started looking into it more carefully. One of these was János Moricz who started his investigations in Ecuador in the 1960s. Here he spoke Hungarian with the members of three Indian tribes: the Cahari, Mochica and Puruha. Enthused by this he started archaeological and archive investigations and, among other finds, he managed to collect more than 10 000 geographical and family names identical to Hungarian ones. As a result of his findings he was appointed historical consultant at one of the Argentinian universities.
His research was mainly conducted in Ecuador, the capital of which is Quito. The city is named after the old Quito empire. Quito originally sounded like Kitus.1 Here in the Kitus empire, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, between the peaks of the Cordillera (Andes) mountains –higher than 5000 metres – on the secretive and mythical plains covered with Amazonas’ ancient jungles live those Indian tribes, some of whom still speak our ancient Hungarian language, even today.
- Pronounced keet-oosh in Hungarian. Kit=Két, Us=Ős, i.e. “the empire of the Two Ancestors”
Based on Moricz’s research the Institutio de Antropologia y Geografia of Quito stated that the ancient language that suffered the wanton extermination of the Spanish was the Hungarian language. The traces of this ancient language clearly show themselves in the geographical and family names, notwithstanding the forced change of language carried out by the Spanish. The tribes still speaking Hungarian – among them the Cayapa, Salasaca (Zala-szaka, several ancient sources mentions the Scythians by the name of Saka) – use words like these, among others: apa=apa (father), aya=anya (mother), nap=nap (sun, day), vin=vén (old), kit=két (two), us=ős (ancient, forefather, progenitor), cu=kő (stone), pi, bi=víz (water), fuel=folyó (river), pille=pille (moth), lepke (butterfly) and so on.
Some names consistent with Hungarian names: Tanay, Damma, Taday, Mór, Momay, Mansy, Pil, Béla, Uray, Zillahi etc. The name of one of the ancient places of the Zuay province: Pest. On the area of the old Kitus empire can be found burial mounds1 (kurgan) and in them trepanated skulls. Among the archaeological artefacts we find axes (fokos) and a sceptre and orb analogous to the Hungarian coronation jewels. According to Moricz this golden orb (‘alma’=apple) with a double cross actually symbolises the globe of the earth.
These discoveries were received with great enthusiasm in all of South America, especially in Ecuador. They veritably celebrated the finds, for not even the violent rule of the Spanish invaders could completely erase the memory of their ancient past. The authorities double-checked Moricz’s linguistic and archaeological data and found them reliable. They decided to make a huge international “issue” out of the matter, in order to hasten the revision of the history of the Americas. According to their plans they intended to turn to the United Nations.
Following further investigations and with the help of the local Indians Moricz discovered a vast system of caves in the ancient jungles of Ecuador. In one of the caves he stumbled upon a veritable museum: a library in runic script carved on golden plates, sculptures, cultural monuments. He named this cave the “Cave of the Shamans”.2 (Táltosok Barlangja) In his opinion the ancient inhabitants collected all of this treasure in this cave for protection from the threats of Spanish invaders. Moricz claims that the entire Andes mountains are riddled with cave systems and passages. These were used for transportation by the ancient inhabitants. The Argentinian president and and the Ecuadorian general staff wanted to entrust him to lead a research expedition for which they would provide him with economical and technical support. However, this plan was never realised.
- In Hungarian ‘halomsír’(↑)
- This translation is not really correct because the priest caste of the ancient Hungarians were not actually shamans. There is no equivalent for the notion of ‘táltos’ in any other language. A close relative could be considered the Welsh bards or the Celtic druids. The sacred task of the táltos was, among many other tasks, to remember, guard and cherish the ancient memories, heritage and legacy of their race and to teach it and they did this through the medium of song.
Meanwhile, the leaders of the greatly influential Mormon “church” became involved in the matter. This church has at its disposal a vast fortune, they engage in an active programme of expansion in the Americas. The church leaders stated, that they support any and all ventures which has as its goal to help clarify the origins of the human race and the origin of religion. They promised “unselfish” support, they only asked for one thing, that they would be entrusted with the decoding of the content of the golden plates.
After this János Moricz held a big press conference where he announced his discoveries to the press, radio and TV reporters. The atmosphere at the several hours long press conference was extraordinarily enthusiastic. It seemed, that a sensation concerning the whole world was beginning its journey, but instead what followed the press conference was solid silence and discourteous reservation. Not a single news report appeared about it. Then again, the main leaders of the Mormon church would not leave Moricz alone, continually harassing him to reveal to them the location of the cave.
It became clear from this hostile behaviour that they were not dealing with a trusting church but that this church was backed by an organization hungry for world power. Treasure discovery and other goals are their incentive. At this point Moricz decided he will not reveal the secrets of the cave. He became convinced that the time for the revelation of the caves was not yet come, therefore he decided to first discover the enigma of the arrival to the Americas of the Hungarian speaking tribes, or rather to prove the fact by pragmatic methods.
On May 28, 1970 a raft made of balsam wood, according to the ideas of Moricz, set sail from the Ecuadorian coast with a crew of four young men. Moricz guided them from the shore by radio. 159 days later the raft arrived on October 4 in Australia, not far from Sydney. Here they towed the sensational raft that sailed halfway around the globe.1
Moricz’ theory is that the Hungarian speaking tribes arrived in South America by sea from the West. This is proven also by the geographical names of the Pacific ocean and East Asia. Bátor Vámos Tóth, a Hungarian emigrant teacher of geography living in Hawaii, has collected 50 Hungarian-sounding Hawaiian geographical names. And in the Pacific archipelago he found names that are identical to those around Lake Balaton in Hungary, for example: Aliga, Kiliti, Lelle etc. Substantiating with maps he indicated that in Indonesia and the Indus valley every 4th and every 3rd geographical name is Hungarian respectively.
In the question of the origins of the American ancient indigenous population, or rather its migration there we are provided with important data from the so-called Kland scrolls. In 1967 an archaeological group with American funding found, under s 20 metre thick layer of lava, a stone box containing an intact written scroll. C14 dating found it to be around 21 000 years old. Since then the writing has be decoded and it turns out they contain the history, culture and circumstances of the thousands of years ago sunken continent of Mu. A member of the group, Tony Earl, wrote a book detailing the process and the results of the archaeological dig, called ‘Mu Revealed’. The book triggered great interest at the time but today probably is unavailable.
The above text was prepared using data and manuscripts by Györgyné Hary (1977)
- See: Magyar Ifjúság 1970. issue 50(↑)