American author best known for investigating the unknown years of Jesus', his bloodline (desposyni) and his
alleged tomb, the Rozabal in Srinagar, Kashmir. She is currently regarded as the world foremost expert on the tomb of
==History of the Tomb==
Sources such as Fida Hassnain of Government of India Historical Antiquities claim there are records of the tomb
being built over the grave of Jesus (Yuz Asaf) by 112 CE. The source for this information is unclear.
During Islamic expansion and invasions in India, many ancient documents were destroyed. The next time the claims
about Roza Bal’s connection with Jesus appears in ‘The Book of Balauhar and Budasaf, the Ikmaj-ud-Din’, authored by
scholar Al-Shaik-Said u Sadiq circa 962 AD.
The theory continued to appear at various times in history, including the ‘Waqi’at-i-Kashmir’ (‘Story of Kashmir’,
published 1747), also known as the ‘Tarikh Azami ‘(‘History by Azam’) by Khwaja Muhammad Azam Didamari, a local
Srinagar Sufi writer.
The tomb became the center of a major court fight centered around control of the shrine in 1184AH/1770AD.
At this time, claimants came forward insisting that Jesus (Yuz Asaf) was buried in the tomb, and they, as direct
descendants, possessed an ancient scroll as proof of their lineage, thus giving them hereditary rights and control over
the tomb, the artifacts, and the substantial donations generated from visitors and pilgrims to the tomb for centuries. It
was reported at the time that pilgrims had been coming to the tomb for generations, regarding it as the true final resting
place of Jesus.
In 1902, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, published his research book, ‘Jesus in India’ and founded an entire
religious movement with millions of members worldwide, the Ahmaddis, who support the evidence that
Jesus’ final resting place is indeed the Roza Bal tomb in Kashmir.
Olsson details the most convincing evidence, the relics and artifacts left inside the tomb that apparently led others to
the same conclusions. The artifacts and relics include ‘The Rod of Jesse’ (see photo- also known as the Rod of Moses
and The Rod of Issa) and the ‘Rishi Nama’, an ancient scroll placed beside the Rod that details the genealogy of Jesus
beginning with Jesse, father of King David and ending with Jesus in the Roza bal tomb. The Rod was taken out of Roza
bal and gifted to the mosque ‘Aish Muqam’, built over a cave that Jesus was said to have frequented and prayed in.
The cave later became associated with a Sufi holy man, and remains a Muslim holy site to this day.
Olsson published ‘Jesus in Kashmir, The Lost Tomb’. Her book was warmly accepted for its original research,
advancement of science, and her contributions to humanitarian aid and peace in the Kashmir region.
In support of the theory, Olsson cites the “Rod of Jesse” found within the tomb that provides the lineage from
Jesse (father of King David) to Jesus. It is alternately known as the Rod of Moses and the Rod of Issa. Olsson did
extensive research of the artifacts found within the tomb that are personally associated with Jesus, and additional
documents revealed to her by Dr. Fida Hassnain, who was then in charge of the ancient scrolls for the Government of
India. She linked the arrival of the magi with a tradition of Persian kings of the time, to inaugurate kings and future kings
from within their bloodline. She suggests that if Jesus had a natural father, then he would have been from among the
kings and princes of the Persian Empire, and sites the actions of the magi as convincing evidence.
The 17th century text, ‘Tarikh-i-Kashmir’ by Khwaja Hassan Malik mentions an inscription in
Kashmir noting that Yuz Asaf entered Kashmir in 78 AD. An old Hindu text, the ‘BhavishyaMahapuroma’, records Jesus
living in Kashmir years after his crucifixion.
Another inscription existed at the Temple of Solomon (in Srinagar) claimed to have been carved by Jesus and
St. Thomas when they visited and repaired the Temple. The court of King Gondopharnes in nearby Taxila also
mentions the visit of Thomas to the area circa 52-54 AD. Stone pillars and ancient inscriptions were removed in recent
times when Hindus converted the Temple of Solomon to a Shiva Temple, renaming it Shankacharya. The
ancient carvings bearing the names of Jesus and Thomas also lends validity to the claims for Yuz Asaf
(Jesus/Issa) being there. Some photos remain, but the original inscriptions are now lost forever.
Olsson begins her book with her family’s bibles published by the Demarest Family Association in 1966, tracing the
Des Marets–Baldwin lineage back to the First Kings of Jerusalem during the First Crusade.Baldwin/Desmrates were
In 1996, author Laurence Gardner published ‘Bloodline of the Holy Grail’. Olsson noticed that her
family was mentioned in Gardner’s ‘Grail King’ charts and contacted Gardner. He later acknowledged her work and
theories in his book, ‘The Magdalene Legacy’ (2005 edition, Harper-Collins Publishers, pp. 358-359,360.)
She began compiling the ‘DNA of God’ Project to recover DNA from the tombs of numerous Biblical figures. She
identified fifty in her book. She gave priority to sites that she feared could be destroyed by Islamist movements, similar
to destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha and other World Heritage sites extending as far as Iraq and Syria.
Other sites she suggested for DNA study have been the Cave of Machpelah, the tomb of King
David, the tomb of Joseph the Patriarch in Shechem, Rachel’s tomb, Mary’s grave in Murree, Pakistan (Mari de Ashtan)
and the grave of Bibi Injeel (Urdu for “The Lady from the Bible”) located on the Old Silk Road in Kashgar, China. The
China grave was allegedly demolished by the Chinese Government during a rebuild of the Old Quarter of Kashgar.
Olsson became aware of a family in Kashmir claiming to be desposyni, the lineage of Jesus, and interviewed the family
while in Kashmir. She proposed their family DNA could be compared with her family and if
remains were retrieved from the tombs, this could verify if a relationship existed. However, the patriarch of
the family who claimed to possess the proof in ancient documents, Bashrat Shaheen (Saleem), died before the
project got underway. The documents cannot be located.
A local legend states that a grave at Pindi Point in Murree is that of Jesus’ mother, Mary, Local historians
claim that the town, Murree/Mari, was named after her. The leading Pakistani archaeologist Ahmad Hasan Dani,
warmly supported Olsson’s project and agreed to supervise exploration of this shrine with Olsson. He
was the lead archaeologist listed on the permits. The project ran out of funds and was not completed.
AFP reported that Olsson made excavations at Murree under Dani’s supervision. Olsson states that
excavations never began due to a lack of funding, although the project ideas had been warmly received
and reported on in the region.
At the time when Olsson was in India, Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah of Kashmir owned the waqf
(trust) that controlled the Roza Bal tomb in Srinagar. After several meetings at his office, he gave his
approval for DNA research, to be led by locally respected Kashmir University affiliates.
However, a caretaker at Roza Bal alleged that Olsson attempted to desecrate the tomb by secretly
exhuming its contents. Olsson’s book states that the trouble began over a dispute about money
(baksheesh) after which the caretaker planted false newspaper articles about the project.
Olsson describes the added difficulty of religious sensitivities in the region in the midst of the Taliban War.
The shrine managers then compelled her to abandon the project for her own personal safety, as
described in her book, and in newspaper articles.
Olsson is a graduate of New York University and lifetime member of Mensa.
Through the American and International Red Cross-Red Crescent, she served in and near active war zones providing
shelter, food, blankets, and medical care in the aftermath of bombings, floods, and earthquakes while
living in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. She has also lived and worked at providing humanitarian aid in Fiji,
New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Nepal, Egypt, and Israel. She now lives in the United States.
During the pandemic Corona Virus of 2020, Olsson was commended for delivering food daily to elderly shut-ins, and
many families in need of food and transportation for doctors and medicines.
Olsson is mentioned in reviews and documentaries, stating her views on the tomb of Jesus and his
unknown years in India. She appears with the Dalai Lama, Elaine Pagels, Corrado Balducci, the
Chankacharya (a Hindu religious leader), and others discussing the Jesus tombs.
Yashendra Prasad and the Film Board of India produced the film ‘Jesus in India’ in support of Olsson.
She also appears in a documentary by Hollywood film producer Paul Davids.
She was a guest speaker in Washington DC at the 2009 Kashmir Peace Conference in which she offered ideas to
members of Congress to restore peace in the region.
Jesus in Kashmir: The Lost Tomb, Suzanne Olsson, Gateway Books, 2005-revised 2019-
Roza Bal The Tomb of Jesus, (out of print)Fida Hassnain and Suzanne Olsson, BookSurge, 2008.
Arshad, Sameer (8 May 2010) “Tomb Raider: Jesus buried in Srinagar?” Times of India.
• Bindra, Prerna Singh “Heaven on Earth”. India Today, 1 April 2002.
• Jesus In India by Mirzā Ghulām Ahmad
• Raja Sharma, I See Buddha in Jesus-Years in Kashmir, Lulu, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4583-4432-8
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• The man who would be king, Guardian, 24 March 1999
• Holger Kersten; ‘Jesus Lived in India’
• Genesis of the The Grail Kings
• Ford, Dana; Tawfeeq, Mohammed (24 July 2014). “Extremists destroy Jonah’s tomb, officials say”.
CNN. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
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Islam- Religious views regarding DNA
==Reviews-Public Appearances-Additional Reading==
Stephen Knapp visits the grave
Paul Davis Film -with Olsson, Dalai Lama, Elaine Pagels
Coast to Coast Radio Interview-Olsson on destruction of ancient tombs
Kashmir History and Conflicts
Jesus Family Tomb web site