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The Aryas: Facts without Fancy and Fiction

The Aryas: Facts without Fancy and Fiction


Item Code: IDE475

by Malati J. Shendge

Hardcover (Edition: 1996)

Abhinav Publications
ISBN 81-7017-318-3

Language: English
Size: 8.6" X 5.6"
Pages: 142 (B & W Illus: 7, Figures: 2)
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From the Jacket:

This short monograph is just not yet another book on the controversial clan of the Aryans. It has the distinction of being an unbiased, factual statement, which has been lacking, despite the fact that it has been one of the favourite topics of the Vedic scholars and the Indo-Europeanists.

It is written with a clearcut objective of knowing the facts about the Aryas, her comments try to guide the reader as how to understand them. This book thus has a limited aim. Bare facts are documented and not stretched to suit the exigencies of a theory. The author has no theory to propound. But at the same time no external framework is accepted.

The romantic dreams woven by the earlier generations of scholars are not found in the Rgveda, the main source of information. And therefore it is possible to see to what extent it was just the play of fancy.

With these facts, the author reconstructs the historical events, with supporting archaeological evidence.

About the Author:

The author, a well-known student of Indian culture, does not need any introduction. She has already published three books introducing a new point of view. They are widely read. Her ideas spring from her sources and they are refreshingly original. She has changed through this and other volumes our understanding of the early history of India and Indian culture.


List of Illustrationsxi
IIThe Term 'Arya' in Rgveda and Avesta11
IIIThe Rgvedic Associations: The Arya Clans26
IVIndra, the Arya Leader and Hero29
VThe Arya Foes of the Aryans32
VIThe Object and Route of Aindra Trek35
VIIThe Clan-Father of the Aindras, Manu41
VIIILife of the Aindras in Vedic Literature47
IXThe Archaeological Evidence of Aindra Migration to the Indus Valley51
XThe Iranian and Mesopotamian Evidence for Jhukaran Affinities66
XIThe Sumerians in the 2nd Millennium B.C.85
XIIThe Peoples and Their Movements91
XIIIThe Language of the Aryans and Some New Linguistic Correspondences97

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