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DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARYAN INVASION IDEA
The Development of the Aryan Invasion Idea
European scholars following Max Muller in the nineteenth century
decided that the Vedic people whom they called the Aryans after
a misinterpretation of that Vedic term - invaded India around 1500
BC. They were said to have overthrown the primitive and
aboriginal culture of the time, which was thought to be Dravidian in
nature, and brought a more advanced civilization to the land (though they themselves were still
regarded as barbarians). The indigenous aborigines were
identified as the Dasyus or inimical people mentioned in the Vedas.
The rationale behind the late date
for the Vedic culture given by Muller was totally speculative and based
only on linguistic grounds.