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The Roots of Hinduism : the early Aryans and the Indus civilization

Author: Asko Parpola
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, cop. 2015.
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"Hinduism has two major roots. The more familiar is the religion brought to South Asia in the second millennium BCE by speakers of Aryan or Indo-Iranian languages, a branch of the Indo-European language family. Another, more enigmatic, root is the Indus civilization of the third millennium BCE, which left behind exquisitely carved seals and thousands of short inscriptions in a long-forgotten pictographic script.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Asko Parpola
ISBN: 9780190226923 0190226927 9780190226909 0190226900
OCLC Number: 1039615440
Description: XVI, 363 str. : illustr., zvd. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: --
Preface --
Introduction --
1. Defining 'Hindu' and 'Hinduism' --
2. The early Aryans --
3. Indo-European linguistics --
4. The Indus civilization --
5. The Indus religion and the Indus script --
Part I: The Early Aryans --
6. Proto-Indo-European homelands --
7. Early Indo-Iranians on the Eurasian steppes --
8. The BMAC of Central Asia and the Mitanni of Syria --
9. The Rigvedic Indo-Aryans and the Dasas --
10. The Asvins and Mitra-Varuna --
11. The Asvins as funerary gods --
12. The Atharvaveda and the Vratyas --
13. The Megalithic Culture and the Great Epics --
Part II: The Indus Civilization --
14. The language of the Indus civilization --
15. Fertility cults in folk religion --
16. Astronomy, time-reckoning and cosmology --
17. Dilmun, Magan and Meluhha --
18. Royal symbols from West Asia --
19. The Goddess and the buffalo --
20. Early Iranians and 'left-hand' Tantrism --
21. Religion in the Indus script --
Conclusion --
22. Prehistory of Indo-Aryan Language and Religion --
23. Harappan Religion in Relation to West and South Asia --
24. Retrospect and prospect --
Bibliographical notes --
References --
Responsibility: Asko Parpola.


In this pioneering book, Asko Parpola traces the Indo-Iranian speakers from the Aryan homeland north of the Black Sea through the Eurasian steppes to Central, West and South Asia, presenting new  Read more...


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