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Re: Facts about Dravidian languages

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  • S.Kalyanaraman
    ... If Dravidian languages differentiated only in 1100 BCE (as Bh. Krishnamurthy claims), would it not be right to posit a substrate, linguistic area 5000
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      --- In IndiaArchaeology@yahoogroups.com, Malolan Cadambi
      <mcadambi@y...> wrote:
      > http://www.flonnet.com/fl2022/stories/20031107000807300.htm

      If Dravidian languages differentiated only in 1100 BCE (as Bh.
      Krishnamurthy claims), would it not be right to posit a substrate,
      linguistic area 5000 years Before Present, say mleccha, a Prakrit
      dialect spoken by Vidura and Yudhishthira?

      The first line of the Shogaura copper plate inscription which adorns
      the Home Page of this group has been read as a legacy of artisan
      guilds, vis'vakarma, who created the Sarasvati Hieroglyphs.

      Kalyanaraman

      Notes

      The framework for deciphering the writing system of the civilization
      is to interpret the symbols used as hieroglyphs, comparable to the
      system of Egyptian hieroglyphs. The principle used is called rebus,
      that is, use of pictures to denote similar sounding words.

      The language of the civilization is declared to a Proto-Indic
      language which is the precursor or substratum of all the language
      families of Bharat: Indo-Aryan, Dravidian and Mundarica (also called
      Austro-Asiatic). This Proto-Indic language is called Mleccha
      (Meluhha in cuneiform records of Mesopotamian Civilization – on
      Tigris-Euphrates river valleys near Baghdad, Iraq).

      Mleccha is the language which explains many technical terms used by
      artisan guilds including metallurgists (called pancha kammaalar in
      Tamil). The language contains words to denote minerals, metals,
      furnaces and tools of trade of metal- and fire-workers. These are
      the property items which are depicted through the writing system on
      seals, tablets, copper plates, bangles and even weapons of the
      civilization. The animals denote minerals, metals and furnaces used
      by metallurgists. So do many glyptic representations used on these
      objects called 5000 epigraphs which have been discovered so far.

      The practice of denoting symbols on epigraphs continues on glyphs
      imprinted on punch-marked coins and copper-plate inscriptions during
      the historical periods in Bharat, most of which are related to work
      of artisan guilds and economic transactions of various regions of
      the country ranging from Takshasila in the northwest to
      Coimbatore.in the south of Bharat.

      This constitutes a revolutionary breakthrough in the 150-year old
      unresolved problem of Bharatiya civilization. This should lead to
      more intense language studies and studies related to the traditions
      of artisan guilds which spread all over Bharat, adoring Sarasvati as
      Kalaimagal, the divinity presiding over arts and crafts of
      vis'vakarma artisans. The tradition of arupat.ai veedu in Tamilnadu
      celebrating Subrahmanya is exemplified by Eraka Subrahmanya in
      Swamimalai. Eraka means copper and is relatable to weapons made of
      alloys with copper as the base metal and the tradition of making
      pancha loha images in Swamimalai using the cire perdue (lost-wax)
      technique which is a tradition of making bronze statues traceable to
      Sarasvati civilization, 5000 years Before Present. Two bronze
      statues have been found in Mohenjodaro.

      The bronze statue of a woman wearing bangles and holding a small
      bowl in her right hand, Mohenjo-daro (DK 12728; Mackay 1938: 274,
      pl. LXXIII, 9-11); was made using cire perdue (lost wax) method, a
      method used by vis'vakarma-s in Swamimalai (South India) to make
      bronze figurines of deities – vis'vakarma tradition lives on in
      India. Details at http://www.hindunet.org/saraswati
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