Structural onomastics, geosemiology and integrative sciencing: Taking the TAMANA perspective

Arjun Sabharwal MA, MA, MLIS,

The Tamana Research Project, launched twenty-five years ago, is an empirical project focused on the study of geographical, tribal and family names found in identical form in distant and only recently excavated sites on the globe. Through correlative reasoning and interconnecting established scientific facts, it offers an alternative paradigm for the understanding of human history by investigating the metalinguistic dimensions of names. The essence of this endavor is that instead of seeking etymological and linguistical justifications, it has stressed the structural aspect of names as a basis of its examinations.

The Tamana theory rests on a view that the data relating to the structural composition of names go back to the deep past of the high civilizations of homo semper, witnessing the existence of highly developed civilizations antedating those of the Tisza-Kőrös Culture (in Old Europe), Susa, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and Mesoamerican civilizations hitherto considered “most ancient.” The structural composition of 7,000 names (e.g.: BALA+TON, KÁL+ONGA, KARA+BUKA+BURA, TAMA+NA, and TISZA+NÁNA) found in 184 countries from five continents show remarkable correspondence with those found in the Carpathian Basin, and sixty percent are existing Magyar family names. This is a reference to the seven thousand names as witness to the survival of the ancient, global, and universal civilizations creating these names.

The article is the result of collaboration between Dr. Bátor Vámos-Tóth (BVT) who gets credit for laying down the philosophical and theoretical, and empirical aspects, and collecting all the data, and Arjun Sabharwal (AS) who gets the credit for setting up the transdisciplinary epistemological framework and for creating the Tamana Geosemiology Database. Hence, this project necessitated the proposal of new terminology in the process of identifying the disciplinary nature of Tamana research. One the one hand, we introduced Structural Onomastics, which addresses the macro- and micro-structures, the structural aspects of the former and the morphosyntax of the latter in the context of the former. On the other hand, Geosemiology addresses the integration of several fields in the area of the arts, humanities and the social sciences. The article outlines the possibilities and levels of disciplinary integration as has been discussed in works addressing various integration theories. The Geosemiology Matrix is the graphical representation of integrative relationships between disciplines. It could be related to three distinct paradigms based on the hierarchy of disciplines that geosemiology is purposed to eliminate in order to foster progress in the research of humanity’s history.

Finally, a literary review of anthropological and ethnomusicological works offers a close-up view of the innate and ancient relationships, which may have been valid for the civilization in investigation. We have looked at all the areas Tamana research has covered (names, music, art, architecture, narrative, cosmology and social structure) and found studies pertaining to the interrelationships within. Thus, the studies addressing various relationships--such as music and social structure; cosmology and music; architecture, art, and cosmology; names and social structure, etc.—could adequately support claims made in Tamana research. Such relationships may have been just as valid tens of thousand years ago as they are today in isolated and recently (re) discovered areas like the Amazon region, Guyana, and New Guinea rain forests.

The objective of this study, therefore, is to bring light to possibilities of problem solving by clarifying the facts regarding areas that were ignored, dismissed, and even rejected by some. The transdisciplinary approach proposed for the project would help us make the first step to solve some of the problems that were created by gridlock due to certain scientific dilemmas. It may be that the Tamana theory has been specifically postulated to solve problems objectively and scientifically regarding the question of Magyar history by way of correlative reasoning. Nonetheless, such an approach could be easily formulated for other questions in areas also where the demands of politics have detrimentally affected the course of science and the shaping of national identity.