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The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate

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Western scholars have argued that Indian civilization was the joint product of an invading Indo-European people--the "Indo-Aryans"--and indigenous non-Indo European peoples. Although Indian scholars reject this European reconstruction of their country's history, Western scholarship gives little heed to their argument. In this book, Edwin Bryant explores the nature and orig ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 15th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2001)
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The ancient history of Vedic ancestors

The Indo-Aryan migration debate has been going on ever since European scholars claimed (in later part of 19 century) that the practitioners of the Vedic rituals and the authors of RgVeda were “Aryans” of European ancestry. Despite the images of tall blonde, soma belching Germanic supermen riding their chariots, hooting and tooting their trumpets as they trampled the inferior aboriginal dasas of ancient India, numerous Indian scholars have challenged this th
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Since the discovery of the relationship between the languages of Europe and the classical language of India (Sanskrit), scholars have been trying to pin down who spoke the original language referred to as Proto-Indo-European (PIE) that gave rise to them. The branch of PIE that led to Sanskrit is known as Indo-Aryan.

Bryant takes an agnostic stance to the central question posed in his book: did the Indo-Ayrans come from India, or did they migrate into India? The logical consequence of this is: if
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