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New Paper on Aryan Invasion Theory

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  • mkelkar2003
    now modified as the Aryan Trickle in Theory Found because of F. Brighenti Abstract of the paper: http://tinyurl.com/3btw5z
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 4, 2007
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      now modified as the Aryan Trickle in Theory

      Found because of F. Brighenti

      "Abstract of the paper:


      Frits Staal
      University of California at Berkeley, USA

      "A combination of old and new information demonstrates that the
      speakers of Indo-Aryan who entered the Punjab did not invade or
      conquer, but trickled across the mountains in small groups. They
      were tribals, who met other tribals that were already there, leading
      to battles, alliances and exchanges of information, some of it of a
      specialized nature. The latter included knowledge of the
      construction of chariots with spoked wheels. It is demonstrated by
      the detailed technical vocabulary found in the R.gveda and other
      Vedic compositions. The term rathakaara makes its first appearance
      in Yajurveda Braahman.as. Its late explicitness proves little. In
      the battle of ten chieftains (RV 7.18), ratha may be presupposed but
      the term does not occur. We know that light horse chariots with
      spoked wheels replaced carts with solid wheels, pulled by oxen,
      during the first half of the second millennium BCE in many parts of
      Eurasia. All came from regions further north. India may be anomalous
      in that chariots were not carried across mountains. They were not
      created by poets either, though the R.gveda is concerned with their
      imagery and symbolic significance. The fact remains that experts
      were able to make them. My paper is about these people. They were
      few in number, brought their knowledge with them in their minds, and
      acquired a high social status – and palatial residences –- long
      before anything like a caste system existed. >>"

      M. Kelkar
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