The Aryas: Facts without Fancy and Fiction

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Item Code: IDE475
Author: Malati J. Shendge
Language: English
Edition: 1996
ISBN: 8170173183
Pages: 142 (B & W Illus: 7, Figures: 2)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 300 gm
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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.




  Preface vii
  List of Illustrations xi
I Introductory 1
II The Term 'Arya' in Rgveda and Avesta 11
III The Rgvedic Associations: The Arya Clans 26
IV Indra, the Arya Leader and Hero 29
V The Arya Foes of the Aryans 32
VI The Object and Route of Aindra Trek 35
VII The Clan-Father of the Aindras, Manu 41
VIII Life of the Aindras in Vedic Literature 47
IX The Archaeological Evidence of Aindra Migration to the Indus Valley 51
X The Iranian and Mesopotamian Evidence for Jhukaran Affinities 66
XI The Sumerians in the 2nd Millennium B.C. 85
XII The Peoples and Their Movements 91
XIII The Language of the Aryans and Some New Linguistic Correspondences 97
XIV Conclusion 105
  Notes 107
  Index 123

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