Lord Hanuman the "Monkey King" is an important god among the Hindu. In Sanskrit "Hanuman" means "one having a jaw that is prominent." Interesting, hmm?
(LINK) ...Bhima was also the son of Vayu (the Lord of the Winds). One day, when Bhima was searching for a flower his wife wanted, he saw a monkey sleeping with his tail crossing the path. He asked him to move his tail. But the monkey didn’t do it and asked Bhima to move it. Bhima was very arrogant with his strength. Nevertheless, he couldn’t move or lift the tail. Therefore, he realized that this was not a mere ordinary monkey. It was none other than Hanuman. He lied there just to reduce the arrogance of Bhima.
(LINK) Hanuman is extraordinarily strong, one capable of lifting and carrying any burden for a cause.
Hanuman is a Vānara.
Vānara (Sanskrit: वानर) refers to a group of people living in forests (Vān - forest, nara - human) in the Hindu epic the Ramayana and its various versions. In the Ramayana, the Vanaras help Rama defeat Ravana.
These interesting characteristics come together to make me wonder about the ancients that were here in America long before the Amerindians.
Many early explorers like Marco Polo reported encounters with dog-faced tribes in the Andaman Islands of India, as well as a tribe in Siberia at Lake Baikal. Could ancient texts be telling of regular contact with a tribe of most unusual people? Could explorers have accidentally verified this in later years where they found small tribes of them still in existence?
Today, the Hindu go to locations around Asia where they worship the giant footprints of Hanuman -
Hunaman, an interesting anthropomorphic creature with huge feet of lore or based on a real existence of an unusual race alongside Homo sapiens?