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The Myth Of The Aryan Invasion Of India

Hindu Books > Books By David Frawley > The Myth Of The Aryan Invasion Of India

The Post-Colonial World

Our view of human history colors the perception of who we are in a fundamental way.

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The Aryan Invasion Theory

The main idea used to interpret the ancient history of India.

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Basis Of The Aryan Invasion Theory

We should first note that the Aryan invasion theory was foreign to the history of India.

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Aryan As Race Or Language

The Aryan invasion theory is based upon the idea that Aryan represents a particular group of people.

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The Development Of The Aryan Invasion Idea

European scholars following Max Muller in the nineteenth century decided that the Vedic people.

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Mechanics Of The Aryan Invasion

The Aryan invasion theory was invented to solve the riddle of languages.

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Harappan Civilization

After the formulation of the Aryan invasion theory, archeology did not stop.

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Migration Rather Than Invasion

Coming to the present time, given the facts that there was no destruction of Harappa and no evidence of any large scale migrations of people.

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The Rediscovery Of The Sarasvati River

The retreat of the Aryan invasion theory has been accompanied by the rediscovery of the Sarasvati river of Vedic fame.

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The Vedic Image Of The Ocean

The Rig Veda itself contains nearly a hundred references to ocean (Samudra), as well as dozens of references to ships, and to rivers flowing into the sea.

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Horses, Chariots And Iron

All the main points of the Aryan invasion in its various incarnations have been disproved.

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Destroyers Of Cities

The Rig Veda describes its Gods as "destroyers or conquerors of cities.

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Vedic And Indus Religions

This was based on the examination of a handful of seals and symbols found in the ruins. Hence the Harappan religion was thought by them to be a kind of early Dravidian Shaivism.

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The So-called Racial War In The Vedas

The Vedic people were thought to have been a fair-skinned race like the Europeans owing to the Vedic idea of a war between light and darkness.

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Vedic Peoples

Battles mentioned in the Rig Veda, whether between those called Aryans or Dasyus, are largely between the "five peoples" (Pancha Manava).

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The Aryan/Dravidian Divide

The languages of South India are Dravidian, which is a different linguistic group than the Indo-European languages of the North of the subcontinent.

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Vedic Kings And Empires

Vedic texts like Shatapatha and Aitareya Brahmanas list a group of ten to sixteen kings.

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Vedic Astronomical Lore

Vedic texts contain interesting astronomical lore. The Vedic calendar was based upon astronomical sightings of the equinoxes.

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Painted Grey Ware

One of the more recent archeological ideas is that the Vedic culture is evidenced by Painted Grey Ware pottery in north India.

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Aryans In The Ancient Middle East

The evidence so far is that the people of the mountain regions of the Middle East were Indo-Europeans as far as recorded history can be traced.

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Indus Writing

The Indus Valley culture had a form of writing, evidenced by numerous seals found in the ruins.

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According to proponents of the Aryan invasion theory the only thing that really marks the Aryans is their language.

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Indian Civilization, An Indegenuous Development

Mehrgarh is the largest village/town culture of its period anywhere in the world and develops into the Indus culture.

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The New Model

The people in this tradition are the same basic ethnic groups as in India today, with their same basic types of languages Indo-European and Dravidian.

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Ancient History Revised

We have examined the Aryan invasion theory and seen how it has continually failed to prove itself.

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Political And Social Ramifications

First it served to divide India into a northern Aryan and southern Dravidian culture which were made hostile to each other.

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Published on: 2003-02-07 (29281 reads)

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