This is copied from The Wikipedia page Ocean of Milk. I found this while looking into human history around the Indian Ocean, after becoming curious of the claw marks on the sea floor on my globe. All web-based information is suspect and cultural misunderstandings keep us confused and divided, but there are threads tying us all together. I think curiosity is one of them.
Hindu mythology also contains a story about the churning of the Cosmic Ocean in order to obtainAmrita - the nectar of immortal life. At the suggestion of Vishnu the gods, (Devas) and demons (Asuras) churn the primeval ocean in order to obtain Amrita which will guarantee them immortality. To churn the ocean they used the Serpent King, Vasuki, for their churning-string. For a churning pole they use Mount Mandara placed on the back of a Great Tortoise - the Kurma Avatar of Vishnu. As the gods and demons churned the sea, a terrible poison issued out of its depths which enveloped the universe. The Devas and Asuras approach Shiva who took the poison into his throat and swallowed it. Shocked by his act, Goddess Parvati strangled his neck and hence managed to stop it in his neck and prevent it from spreading. However, the poison was so potent that it changed the color of his neck to blue, thereby earning him the name of Neelakanta (blue-throated one). When the Amrita finally emerged along with several other treasures the Devas and Asuras fought over it. However Vishnu in the form of Mohini the enchantress manages to lure the Asuras into handing over the Amrita to her, which she then distributes to the Devas. Rahu, an Asura, disguises himself as a Deva and tries to drink some Amrita himself. Surya (the sun-god) and Chandra (the moon-god) alert Vishnu to this deception. Vishnu then decapitates Rahu just as he is about to swallow the nectar, leaving only his head immortal.
According to Bhagavata, outcome of the churning of Ksheerasagara is Halahalam (terribly destructive poison), Amrita (nectar) with Dhanvantari (physician of Gods), Lakshmi (Goddess of Riches), Jyestha (Goddess of Poverty), Chandra (the Moon), a white elephant named Airavata, a horse named Uchchaisrava, Kalpavriksha (the tree that yields whatever is desired).
Then finding all the islands in the Indian Ocean are under the control of some obscure arm of the French govt. seemed like something out of a science fiction story. Far from the gods and demons of ancient India, now it seems like a modern day military initiative to hide something. I'm not sure if they are hiding immortal god heads or crawling around on and studying a gigantic alien life form.
Read this entire article if you're interested. It talks about the ship that supplies the islands. Then link onto Reunion Island, where the "Southern Antarctic Lands" is based. Check out the 1,600 children abducted and deported from 1962 to 1982 from Reunion Island. Or the 2005/2006 deployment of 500 French troops to battle mosquitos. Read about it.
Could all be one big coincidence. These things may have nothing to do with each other. Carvings in the Indian Ocean are weird. Indian Ocean islands under French control seems pretty strange, too. In the article about Reunion Island they also mentioned the island is the only land mass on the opposite side of the continental United States, if you drew a straight line through the earth. A single spot in Montana. Why would they say that? How do they know that so precisely? Wormholes? Seriously... Weird. I think it is fun to wonder about things like this. Might write a short story about it, someday. Doubt it. ha ha ha So if you have a second, copy those links and try to read all of the information. Would love to hear what anyone thinks... Feed your imagination.
I have an old globe of the earth in my office.I found it in one of these random "antique malls". "The Worlds Oceans", is the title and it does, in fact, have a detailed survey of the worlds ocean floor. It is really neat to look at all the submerged mountain ranges and cracks in the ocean bottom. The Mid Atlantic Ridge and dreaming about Atlantis is a lot of fun. Who knows? I do question this globe's information, and understand the science to gather such data would have been limited at that time. And while geographical fact might differ from this dated class room model, one could still assume that SOME of it is accurate, or close. There are truly unexplainable marks at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Claw marks. There is no other description. It looks like something of immense size -I mean ENORMOUS- was drug off the land between Africa and India. Nothing I can even imagine would have been large enough to make such marks. Whatever it was must have clawed and dove into the ocean, to get away presumably. There are NO other such grooves or ridges in ANY of the other oceans. There are fault lines and mountain ranges which starkly contrast to these. In short, no claw marks. Anywhere! I found a peculiar set of islands, directly south of where the claw marks divide into two distinct claw areas. Almost an upside down Y. The Kerguelen Islands (google it) were like no other island chain in the Indian Ocean. I know I have a very vivid imagination, but stay with me. I googled and then linked to Wikipedia and read that the Kerguelen Islands (also known as "The Devastation Islands") is populated ONLY by research scientists. It is actually part of a very unusual plateau, which is mostly submerged. Check this out! A sonar of the topography. The top, left-of-center, tiny green patch is Kerguelen.
Ever wonder why the ancient Gods of Hindus and Persians wore elaborate pointy headdresses? It's because thats what GOD looked like! Tell me that doesn't look like a dead body, skeletal in a way, with a pointy headdress. Maybe arms in front or behind. Of course that assumes it had a humanoid shape, when living. Perhaps Madagascar was another segement. I wonder, was this what fought the thing making the claw marks, or did it leave them. Either way, according to my globe and its depiction of the Indian Ocean, it was one hell of a fight! And I think it is a little convenient that it isn't populated and the French government keeps engineers and scientists there. As for the deep scratches, the Indian Ocean is a common area for pirates. I doubt new research would even be possible. Coincidence? Anyway, I thought it was absolutely fascinating and I wanted to share. Here is the photo of the globe. The clawing scene I described on the map and Kerguelen is a tiny blip, south from the "C" in "Ocean". Enlarge the image. Those look like claw marks and are in no other ocean bed. Science says seismic activity. What do you think? I've always been so curious about ancient human history and am tired of everything being measured "after Jesus". No offense, Jesus. I've heard it all before. Well, obviously not ALL of it. For instance, how did we go from cave paintings to living in villages? Just decided to try farming all the sudden and the houses all built themselves, I guess. Seems like a big leap with NO (satisfactory) answer to "how" or "why". "Before Christ" is where it all gets hazy. Can you imagine if there truly had been titans in the age of early mankind? History lost to time and court house fires, or religiously kept from public knowledge ... or simply lying, unknown, beneath miles of dark water.
We are influenced by everything around us. Some things influence us directly, like laws. Wear clothes. Stop at red lights. Don't kill people in line in front of you at the grocery store, etc. Other things influence us in subtle ways, sometimes without us realizing they have. Marketing will getcha! One example to illustrate this is the movie The Joy Luck Club. Great movie, by the way. It tells the story of three Chinese American mothers and daughters. Watch it, because I'm not going to spend all day recreating the plot to illustrate this tiny point. The scene I want to go to is of June remembering something her recently deceased Mother said to her, after a particularly upsetting confrontation with one of the other daughters, Waverly. June had been jealous of Waverly since they were little girls, when Waverly was a renowned chess champion. June was taking piano lessons, but was certainly no pro. She carried a life-long shame for not being able to make her mother proud; for not being like Waverly. Her Mom told her she was mistaken. She said, in her thick Asian accent, 'only the best things for Waverly. Tonight, that crab not so good, but you eat anyway. Because you have "best qwalritty heart." In essence, the food was terrible and you didn't complain. I am so proud of you and think you have the best quality heart for accepting the worst quality life. They were both crying as music swelled in the background. It was moving. I dare you to watch it and not at least have watery eyes. But I've been thinking about it, lately. You see my own mother has the best qwalritty heart. She does more than is humanly possible and takes so little for herself. I think many wives and mothers do this. Well I want a best qwalritty heart, too, Mamma. Right? Suffer eternally without complaint? I will just lay down in the same ditch and wait for The Rapture. Well, when I say it like that of course you would reject it, but let a good actress playing a dead Asian mother say it, and watch how fast we all start taking it on the chin. What a load of horse shit! (do excuse me) I want the best quality LIFE! I want my mom to have it, too! Everyone should get to have their perfect fit, their bellies full and their hearts satisfied. You are good for taking the worst? That is terrible and I disagree. I never take too much, but I do sometimes take less than my share because I want to be good. Not to just be seen as good, but actually good, like my mom...like June. A movie helped me feel ennobled about it, but it never left me feeling full. Movies do that to us. Romantic comedies that end at the honeymoon fail to teach couples how to cope at year 7 or 27! We regurgitate lines from TV shows as if the jokes were ours. We give someone our very best, but only in the first few dates. Flowers, late night talks and that new sex you just can't get enough of...until you do, and then find out you don't really like each other, and start over with a stranger. Our compliments are backhanded, our prayers and praise are secret. Sick means good. Phat means attractive. I am only 36 years old and I can agree the good ole days weren't always that good, frankly, but this is ridiculous! Someone needs to invent a decoder ring or "Bullshit to Truth", the dictionary! Unfortunately there are no shows or movies that teach us how to get along and love each other. Those are called commercials! Even if there were such programming, those would not be what we would imitate. We are well-trained sarcastic, jaded consumers. The result is SO complete that we barely realize we are copying the thing that should be copying us. Some people are rarely 5 minutes without some box telling them what to think, where to eat, how to dress, buy and yes...even feel. Yet, no matter how much we buy, we are still disconnected from actually feeling that satisfaction they always hock in ads at Christmas. Never mind that they are only selling more electronics - thinner, smaller and blacker than ever before...and a cornucopia of prescription drugs. Snake oil with side effects. But gosh, don't all the good looking actors always look so clean and happy? I don't mean to rag on movies, shows or shopping. I am nobody to judge. I love The Joy Luck Club and count myself a baron in the land of the smart-asses, I may even be king! But the snark is wearing thin, don't you think? It seems SO important, more than ever before in the history of mankind (dramatic emphasis-ha ha) that we remember we are not on a movie set. The people around us aren't supporting cast. They are actual human beings, and so are we. We should treat ourselves and each other with patience and compassion. And, yes, admittedly our lives pale in comparison with our silver screen heros, but they are our lives, nonetheless. Be a real person. The world is missing them terribly. Take the best but BE the best, too! Make eye contact with the person ringing you out in line at the checkout, and for heaven's sake, be nicer to each other! It is time to stop looking for that best-qwalritty-heart B.S. and start acting like best quality people, enjoying best quality lives! It has to be better than living in constant,noble agony, all the while bitterly poking fun at everything. So let's stop!