4,000 Year Old Vishnu Statue Discovered in Vietnam


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VishnuA recent news report from Vietnam features an exquisite and very ancient sculpture of Lord Vishnu. According to a press release from the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee (CPVCC) the Vishnu sculpture is described as “Vishnu stone head from Oc Eo culture, dated back 4,000-3,500 years.” Recently the Government of Vietnam, despite its official Communist doctrine, has developed many programs and projects highlighting Vietnam’s ancient religious heritage. Its scholarly and archeological research and investigations are legitimate and its conclusions are authoritative. This discovery of a 4,000 to 3,500 year old Vishnu sculpture is truly historic and it sheds new light upon our understanding of the history of not only Hinduism but of the entire world.

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Copper form of Vishnu from Oc Eo culture

The fact is there are no other ‘officially’ recognized Vedic artifacts that have been dated back to such an early date. This would make Vietnam home to the world’s most ancient Vedic artifact. While there are indeed many other ancient artifacts that represent the same Deity, they are not presented in the ‘Indic’ tradition and cannot be directly recognized as the Vishnu of the Indic Vaishnava tradition.

The 4000-3500 year old Vietnamese Vishnu sculpture is part of an exhibit featuring some of Vietnam’s most ancient artifacts. It was discovered in the region of Southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The Mekong (Ma Ganga) River is named after the Ganges River of India. The entire region was once the home to several ancient and prosperous Vedic Kingdoms and many intriguing and unique Vedic artifacts have been discovered.

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Vishnu stone head from Oc Eo culture, dated back 4,000-3,500 years.

The Vishnu sculpture was officially presented during the 5th Quang Nam Heritage Festival which opened on June 21, 2013 in Hoi An City. The exhibition highlights many ancient objects dated from the Dong Son – Sa Huynh – Oc Eo eras of Vietnam’s ancient history.

“Entitled “Dong Son – Sa Huynh – Oc Eo cultures”, the exhibition put on display over 1,000 ancient objects which come from across the country and are made from diverse materials, from pottery to copper, including jewelry and farming tools, from the pre-ancient period belonging to the three cultures.

The significance of this discovery cannot be overestimated. The entire history of Hinduism and Vedic culture, as taught is the academic institutions of the world, has been built upon a false construct. According to mainstream academia Vedic ‘religion’ or Hinduism did not exist until the alleged ‘Aryans’ invaded India circa 1500 BC. An even later date is given to Vaishnavism which is speculated to have been derived from animist Sun worship. Yet here we have a highly evolved art form depicting Lord Vishnu in the Far South East region of Asia dated to somewhere between 2000 BC to 1500 BC.

This completely undermines the entire historic timeline developed by mainstream academia in regards to the development of both Vedic/Hindu civilization and Indian history.

The region of modern India has always been the epicenter of High Vedic/Hindu Civilization and culture. No one anywhere has ever suggested the region of modern Vietnam to be the origin of Hindu civilization yet it is in Vietnam that we now have the world’s most ancient example of Indic style Vedic Vaishnava art. Thus it stands to reason that if Vedic Vaishnava art, culture and religion flourished 4000 years ago in prehistoric Vietnam it was undoubtedly flourishing in ancient India as well.

Once again science and archeology have confirmed the Vedic conclusion. As the Vedic literature states 5000 years ago India was home to a highly evolved and advanced civilization. This civilization was centered on its sacred traditions. The worship of the Supreme Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lakshmi and Durga was widespread and in fact spanned the entire globe.

These traditions presented themselves in diverse manners, as seen in modern India, yet among this diversity was a commonality based upon the authority of the Vedic scriptures and traditions. The recognizably Indic forms of the Vedic traditions spanned the globe from the Philippines to the Middle East and Siberia to Australia. Yet the same Divinities were worshiped and the same traditions were practiced throughout the world.

The many recent Vedic discoveries from Vietnam are providing a new and sensational view into the authentic history of the world. Not only this, it presents a challenge to Modern India and its leadership. India is home to many startling and amazing artifacts yet they sit ignored and crumbling. In many cases looters and vandals have destroyed many priceless examples of India’s ancient heritage. India’s leading academics and governing bodies are silent and if they do speak of India’s ancient Hindu heritage it is only to cast doubts and disparage India’s indigenous Vedic culture and Hindu traditions.

Astounding and marvelous ruins and artifacts that would be the pride of any other nation and people are, in general, ignored and forgotten and left to crumble into oblivion. Often they are threatened by the efforts of the various Governmental bodies in the name of progress such as the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) recent attempts to destroy a 1000 year old Shiva temple in Tamil Nadu.

It is a great irony that the officially atheistic Communist Government of Vietnam exhibits more pride in its ancient Hindu heritage than the ‘Secular’ Democratic Government of India. The entire South Asian and SE Asian region was once home to many thriving Hindu Kingdoms and civilizations. The Encyclopedia Britannica writes regarding the Indian influence upon these regions “In the realm of politics, Indian influence accompanied the rise of new political entities, which, since they do not readily fall under the Western rubric of “states,” have been called mandalas. The mandala was not so much a territorial unit as a fluid field of power that emanated, in concentric circles, from a central court and depended for its continued authority largely on the court’s ability to balance alliances and to influence the flow of trade and human resources.”

Perhaps today, as India itself is reeling under the onslaught of enforced ‘secularism’ and as Hinduism has been relegated to the realm of just one of many religions, (rather than being recognized as the heart and soul of India,) we are fortunate that the former Hindu lands of Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Kampuchea are leading the way towards the reclamation of our ancient Vedic heritage.

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Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai and representatives from Quang Nam provincial People’s Committee and related agencies cut the ribbon to open the exhibition

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Dong Son copper drum, dated back some 2,000 years.

 

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Copper utensils from Dong Son culture, dated back some 2,500-2,000 years.

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Copper and iron ploughshare from Dong Son culture, dated back some 2,000 years.

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Copper axes from Dong Son culture, dated back some 2,700-2,500 years.

 

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Pottery from Sa Huynh pottery, dated back some 2,300 years.

 

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A collection of jewelry from Sa Huynh culture, dated back some 2,300 years.

 

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Pottery vase from Oc Eo culture

34 comments on "4,000 Year Old Vishnu Statue Discovered in Vietnam"

  1. shashi kant goswami says:

    This is real history of india.hindu is the oldest citzeion in the world.

  2. farang says:

    Here is a Linga-Yoni from Vietnam:
    https://en.wikipedia…:Linga-Yoni.jpg

    The article states that the name “Mekong” evolved from “Ma Ganges.”
    I do not believe that is the case: the ancient “Ionian Greeks” (Yona/Yoni) of the 1600BC era used to sail up this river. They bartered for this region’s main crop. They called it “Mekon.” We call it opium today.

    I find Hinduism to be a quite intriguing faith. Not “appealing,” as I am not a man of faith. However, Hinduism has a “humanity” to it I find lacking in all other faiths that I am aware of.

    That is why I am avoiding telling this website all I know about “Shiva, Indra, Surya, etc..” Do you want to know? I am not sure people *really* desire the “truth.”

    More, they desire confirmation of their faith. Truth can not guarantee that requirement is always met. I know who that face is on this statue. I have seen it on other statues of that era. With a name attached.

  3. farang says:

    Sorry, one more comment: The article alleges “mainstream academia” claims Vedic religion did not exist until Aryans invaded @ 1500 BC.

    I have never once seen that claim in any “mainstream academia” source material. At least not in any modern “western academic” source.
    What “mainstream academia” is claiming (using DNA analysis) is that 130,000-70,000 years ago, “modern humans” migrated out of southern Africa, along the east coast of Africa, into the Arabian peninsula and southern India.

    Doesn’t Vedic/Hindu tradition state Lord Rama founded Dwarka 70,000 years ago? I am finding evidence of king Yayati world-wide. I’m not offering it, because no one seems very interested.

  4. bhamapurush says:

    I have carefully gone through the contents of the article. Amazing on the part of the Vietnam people and Government in keeping up the value and importanace of such rare resources and the exhibit throws the light of their efforts in establishing historical sources for the future generation of not only vietnam but for the entire world . great effort.
    I thank the author for the publicity of such useful article and his efforts needs appreciation
    with warm regards,\
    Sampoornam\
    Research scholar

  5. ashok says:

    Remarkable effort.

  6. DInesh Rai says:

    Thank you so much for publishing the great history and spreading the knowledge about Hinduism.

  7. Swati says:

    Such great news not just for Bharat’s ancient heritage but for the world too…

  8. Teddi Lawrence says:

    Dear Sirs,

    Would love to hear more from Farang and anyone who has historic information. I facilitate a course in Vedanta in the USA and find this history fascinating.

    Thank you for this and past articles on the history of this topic and area of the world.

  9. A.H.Srinivas says:

    The Head with a crown only does not prove to be that of Lord Vishnu. It seems to have broken, as seen from the picture. The broken piece of Vishnu’s body may be lying elsewhere, nearby or at a far off place. Since nearby Cambodia has many great Vedic relics, this nearby area might be having Vedic influence, which cannot be ruled out, The later Historians have denied Aryan invasion ideology. The other archeological materials found proves its ancient history and culture. However archeological efforts must be appreciated. The entire Vietnam Laos and Cambodia was under the influence of Buddhism. Hence the present Vishnu’s Head, might have been broken during Buddhist period, who were not liking idol worshipping. Author’s efforts must be really appreciated.

  10. NATH says:

    What farang said is the bitter truth. Every faithful searches for the ancestry but not the truth as it is. I am not against faith in God, I am a faithful person who studies in Rigveda, Athervaveda as well as particles physics with equal interest. One should have objectivity and should first take in the fact and analysis. Whether it proves my preconceived theory or is against, is different.

  11. Vij says:

    Farang, please tell whose face it is. I share your views about religion but not the knowledge. Why don’t you write an article on this site or at least give a link through the comment page here to wherever you publish your articles on Hinduism /Vedic Age?

  12. The Editor says:

    From wikipedia:

    In English the river is called “the Mekong River”, derived from “Mae Nam Khong”, a term of both Thai and Lao origin. In the Lao-Thai toponymy, rivers translates to “mother of water,” signalled by the prefix “mae”, meaning “mother”, and “nam” for water. In the Mekong’s case, Mae Nam Khong means Khong, The Mother of Water. “Khong” is derived from the Sanskrit “ganga”, meaning the Ganges.

  13. harsh says:

    lord krishna founded dwarika and lord rama was the king of ayodhya ..

  14. Indian says:

    Farang, I humbly ask you to first check your facts or buy some original books instead of reading some pirated material and stating that it was Lord Rama who find Dwaraka city. Allow me to correct you(if your ego humbly allows it), Dwaraka city was founded by Lord Krishna. Also my friend if someone tries to make a statement he supports it with evidence. So I am really interested to gain from your collosal knowledge and waiting to hear your thoughts on Hinduism and its deities.

  15. Indian says:

    Farang, I humbly ask you to first check your facts or buy some original books instead of reading some pirated material and stating that it was Lord Rama who find Dwaraka city. Allow me to correct you(if your ego humbly allows it), Dwaraka city was founded by Lord Krishna. Also my friend if someone tries to make a statement he supports it with evidence. So I am really interested to gain from your collosal knowledge and waiting to hear your thoughts on Hinduism and its deities.

    P.S. Please at least check Wikipedia first if you are going to talk about something beyond your comprehension and plus its totally free.

  16. nish says:

    Farang, you r trying a lot to make people believe tht you know too much. but you are an ignorant fool and you know nothing about Hinduism. there are too many errors in what you wrote one of that being Dwarka.
    and wikipedia is not the bloody source for vedas. dont try to be oversmart.

  17. vikram says:

    हिन्दू धर्म ही सबसे महान है वही सनातन धर्म है। जय श्री राम।

  18. gladis says:

    it is the same vishnu pride. Remember that at that date the gods are differents and have different names. What we know for sure is that before the vedic cult in india (coming from east, europe, turkye, irak, iran through the great plains) there was the great siva civilisation. So I don’t think this head is vishnu but rather shiva with a scratch on the metal. very visible, from the top of the head down to the forehead. Seems very similar than other siva sculpture. But the dates are a bit confusing. When a government like a communiste one id directing works, there is always a political element in the findings. Remember that nations want always to show they have the oldest greatest heritage.
    remember also something more pragmatic. The cults we know today in hinduism have more to do with middle age revival than 4000 years back civilisation.

  19. BJ says:

    Is it possible that Vishnu came to India from Vietnam and not vice versa?

  20. BJ says:

    Dear Sir, You can put up your thoughts but you can not claim it that they are only the truth and whatever others believe is no.

    I highly appreciate that a neutral person has some thing to praise about Hinduism.

    I believe all other faiths started very recently (approx 2000 yrs or later) and the rules were set up as per the local situation at the place of origine.

    Hinduism is very deep scientific way of life, though it has got some rust with time and people have misused but for that, all faith have got this evil.

    I believe, hindusm is most just faith to all livings on the earth, as it believe Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्), means whole earth is a familiy, so whome would you exclude from it?

    Many of rules were set up to keep the less inteligent people (unlike you and me) binded up together.
    Thanks and best regards.

  21. Murali says:

    Dear friends this site gives much insight about Hinduism and its ancient history. We have to take the facts and analysis ourselves with the vedic and other evidences we have in hand. Not to dispute the fact given herein. It is the saying that the Hinduism flourished “Kal Thondri Mann Thondra Kalathe” (before the date of rock and sand). So disputing the fact that there are evidences about 4000 or 10000 years old ancient things which reveals Hindu culture is only add authenticity about the sayings.
    I accept that the vedic literature now available is modified in manyfold to ft the modern society, as every one of us know the language used in vedic scriptures and other modern thinking incorporated therein only suggests the novel idea of modern men. However the truth is that the core of the vedic literature could not be transformed in any manner. So it is our belief and faith alone give way to plunder more and more about our religion and culture.

  22. Renuka says:

    Hi Srinivas
    Buddhists are not against Idol worship.
    They have thousands of statues of the Buddha in
    all the Buddhist countries.
    It is the MUSLIMS who are against Idol worship. Even
    today in the Middle East no statues or idols of other
    religions are allowed into the country. The customs officers
    beak all statues of our Gods by dashing them on the ground.
    Buddhist countries have lots of statues of Hindu Gods.
    Check your facts – because we want to be taken
    seriously and not be dismissed as ignorant.
    Thank you for your support.

  23. Ragini says:

    Its amazing discovery on hindunism, thanks to Vietnamese goverment to preserve such an ancient vedic history.

  24. purushotham says:

    Hinduism is not a religion and its way of living ! The name Hindu came from western people. You will nowhere find Hindu in any of the purans or vedic scripture

  25. Pradipta Behera says:

    it is true, if you read Srimad Bhagbat maha puran and think about starting of human culture. we can find out there was nothing except sanatan dharm and it glorious hestory

  26. UN Kid says:

    Remarkable discovery.Remarkable discovery.

    But the facts are all wrong! How can the writter knows so much about Hinduism yet knows nothing about religion or history.

    Why was there no mention of Cambodia or the Khmer people? The hindu statue may have been discovered in Vietnam, but the land itself belongs to the Khmer people.

    It was the Khmer people and the Khmer culture that worshipped the Hindu gods in ancient time. There was no Vietnam untill recent years. The Vietnamese came from China in the last 200 years. The Khmer people and the Khmer culture worshipped the Hindu Gods, built great Hindu structures and even build one of the greated temple of all time the Angkor Wat, as a dedication to the Hindu Gods.

    Please rewrite the article if you want to be taken seriously. This article is a joke. There are so much you dont know about the Khmer people. We have been victims to the Vietnamese and the Thai for so long, we deserve some merits.

    A side note in case you may not know, 50 years ago, Southern Vietnam was called Southern Cambodia. Over 100 Years ago, Ho Chi Minh city was called Prey Nokor City, a City of Khmer Kings and Khmer people. The Vietnamese invaded Cambodia and stole many of the land and artifacts. Today, the Khmer people continues to be killed and oppressed of their religions and their culture.

    Who ever heard of the Vietnamese once worshipped the Hindu gods? You have to be kidding me!

  27. Murthy says:

    Dear UN kid

    you use the words “we have been victims and we deserve some merits”, by these words i presume that you may be “cambodian”.
    What is the use of lamenting and self pity. you people have to come back to your mother ,Hinduism, again to reclaim your lost Self respect . Find your ancestry. without a heritage and culture to fall back on, no race can claim self respect. Your culture and heritage and ancestry is basically ‘Sanatana dharma’. You know that .You cannot deny it.
    various races with different cultures adopted other alien religions , which brought alien cultures to their lands thus wiping out their true cultures and identities. Sanatana Dharma is the only religion or way of life where your own culture is preserved and protected (Exampe Balinese Hinduism- . Hinduism did not wipe out the Balinese culture in Bali. Infact The Hindu way of life is flourishing in Bali.)

    I wish, you and other cambodian brothers realize this fact , strive to revive your glorius past. Learn, practice and spread ,”Santana Dharma” or Hinduism as you know it. This is the Only “religion” wihttout any savagery, not dogmatic and is truly inclusive. In fact it is not a religion, its a way of life.

  28. U.S. says:

    The Vietnamese People Government is silly enough to try to claim this is their artifacts?

  29. vivek singh says:

    Three cheers to Cambodia Vietnam and Thailand for preserving our ancient tradition and our rare artifacts but the so called secular democratic government of india is destroy our country in the name of false secular ideals. These people were influenced through India around 5000 BC according to Mahabharata tradition. That these people were living but the arrival of the pandavas in the northeast gradually ensured the gradual spread of vedic culture into southeast Asian countries

  30. Jai Hind says:

    Dear Moron Farang. Please find out meaning of MeKong which lies against your stupid Greek Belief and then type your useless comments about other things. INcluding desire of truth. Because you might “Believe” your perception as truth

  31. VIKAS LEKHRAJANI says:

    WE KNOWS VERY WELL THAT, TILL TODAY WHATEVER FINDING OF ANTIQUES AND OTHER HISTORICAL, RELIGIOUS IN ALL THE HINDU RELIGIOUS IS ALWAYS FOUND OLDEST THAN OTHER. SO, WE CAN EASILY SAY THAT HINDU RELIGIOUS IS THE SANATAN DHARM.

  32. Reghan says:

    Where is the original story? Surely there must be some news story or press release from Vietnam about this. I’ve searched and searched But I can’t find it. Maybe the author of this article will know since that’s where they hopefully got this information.

  33. Gaurav Sindhu says:

    People know very few about the Hinduism. It is not only oldest but it gives way to live life.

    Live and let the people live.

    Proud

    Budha value based upon Hinduism.

  34. I.Venushankar says:

    Dear Sir or to be all
    GOOD DAY
    Thank you so much for publishing the great and past history and spreading the knowledge about Hinduism.
    Hinduism is just like Limited firm ie, Managing director under him so many responsibility of departments heads to our objectives & goals to be achieved on earliest possible.
    Either God or Managing Director are same only who has divided so many departments and department heads under him but their signal transmit on one place that is either God or Managing director’s head only depends up on the demands and knowledge of Public’s.
    Every can not make a Doctor, Engineer, Scientist, Executive Officer, then who will do as on the below categories other works,thereby sin based all the human being will be growth up and down on this Earth.
    Main I am bringing a point here that Hinduism made Almighty of god or Managing Director is one only not lot of gods.Remove all the bad knowledge.

    Best regards
    I.Venushankar

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