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  • The Rig Veda and the History of India (Rig Veda Bharata Itihasa)

The Rig Veda and the History of India (Rig Veda Bharata Itihasa)

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There were two main Vedic cultures in ancient India. The first was a  northern kingdom centered on the Sarasvati-Drishadvati river region  dominated by the Purus and the Ikshvakus that produced the existent Veda  texts that we have. The second was a southern culture along the coast of  the Arabian Sea and into the Vindhya Mountains, dominated by the Turvashas  and Yadus and extending into groups yet further south. These northern and  southern groups vied for supremacy and influenced each other in various  ways as the Vedas and Puranas indicate. The northern or Bharata culture  ultimately prevailed, making India the land of Bharata or Bharatavarsha and  its main ancient literary record the Vedas, though militarily the Yadus  remained strong throughout history. The southern culture was the older of  the two, with the Vedic people coming originally from the south, not the  northwest. This was the basis of the maritime symbolism at the core of  Vedic thought, which reflects an ancient heritage. In addition, there was a  third or northwest Vedic culture in Punjab and Afghanistan, that of the  Anus and Druhyus, which was at first part of the northern kingdom but  gradually developed its own identity. It was partly assimilated by the  Bharatas that became the dominant northern people. Another portion of it  extended north and west outside of the Indian subcontinent. Its influence  was secondary to that of the northern and southern kingdoms and much of it  passed out of the Indie sphere of culture. However, it was the basis of  most of the Indo-European and Iranian peoples and cultures that we find in  Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Therefore, we must look at the  south and east connections to understand not only Indic civilization and  Hinduism, but also to understand the Vedas themselves. The western  connections to the Europeans and Iranians were more an outflow, while the  southern connections were more original and enduring. Western scholars,  dominated by a European mindset, only traced Indo-European culture from  Europe and the Middle East to India as its eastern border. They failed to  see that the boundary was only in their minds.

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  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788170174530
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2016
  • Pages : xxvii,364p
  • Size : 22cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 350

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