In contrast, sudroid Shaivism is of Mediteranian and African origin – the old Sudric ‘Black’ Shiva is of Dravidia; his affinities to the
Bantu have been noted. Indeed, one may find Dravidian ‘tantrics’ among the untouched Dravidians living in remote areas – the Banas and Nagas. However, one should not use the word ‘Tantrism’ for this set of beliefs, since Tantra means the 5th Veda from Tibet. ‘Sudra Religion’ or ‘Sudra Shaivism’ are better terms. These are independant of Tibetan Tantricism even if the practices may have been similar, dating back to the pre-Aryan Indus Valley.
It is important to distinguish the White Tibetic Mahadeva, from the Black Old Dravidian Shiva; and the Roman Hermes, Greek Priapus and Nordic Odin; they have no relation. These are similar gods in different religions, but in common usage. In India, the word tantra refers to any non-Vedic practice.
There is a popular tradition that the siddhas were a ‘bloc of earth-defying, therapeutic introspectors’, indebted in all respects to
Bhoga, an immigrant from Odantapur, who, in his methods of ridding the body of impure matter through ‘reverberation’ techniques, came to the point of pracitcally cancelling ultimate demise. It may be true that Mahesh, who merely sought to promulgate the lesser
athanasic precepts of Guru Dev, since the vital objective of the Ghanderved is the transfiguration of the immortalised ethereal body
‘Soam’, into a permanent world body mandala, a new world order, in order to fit it to associate to eternity with the Purush, the