Strange thing, how people think they know what they are saying, without ever knowing where the words they use originated, or how they came to be so readily misunderstood, and/or used inappropriately. According to Russell Means (American Indian; activist, spokesperson, lawyer, actor), the word Indian, initially used by Christopher Columbus, was “in Dio”:-
There is also some confusion about the word Indian, a mistaken belief that it refers somehow to the country, India. When Columbus washed up on the beach in the Caribbean, he was not looking for a country called India. Europeans were calling that country Hindustan in 1492. Look it up on the old maps. Columbus called the tribal people he met “Indio,” from the Italian in dio, meaning “in God”.
which, clarifies, the use of Indian in reference to the indigenous or aboriginal people of the Americas.
That leads me back to my research of how Aborigines came to be used in relation to naming the Aboriginals here in Australia, and further to uncovering how this country came to be named “Australia”.
Minor issues to the majority-mainstream perhaps, yet, if understood, extremely important in understanding ‘spiritual forces’ (unconscious Consciousness) and how such is manifested (comes into being; physical) in our material realm — the inter-play and interacting of the physical ↔ metaphysical forces and forms that be.
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