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ARYAN INVASION THEORY
The so-called Aryans, the original
people behind the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, were reinterpreted by
this modern theory not as sages and seers - the rishis and yogis of Hindu historical
tradition - but as primitive plunderers. Naturally this cast a shadow on the Hindu
religion and culture as a whole.
The so-called pre-Aryan or Dravidian civilization is said to
be indicated by the large urban ruins of what has been called the "Indus
Valley culture" (as most of its initial sites were on the Indus river), or
"Harappa and Mohenjodaro," after its two initially largest sites.
In this article we will call this civilization the
"Harappan" as its sites extend far beyond the Indus river. It is now
dated from 3100-1900 BC. By the invasion theory Indic civilization is
proposed to have been the invention of a pre-Vedic civilization and the Vedas,
however massive their literature, are merely the products of a dark age following its