In Search of the Cradle of Civilization: New Light on Ancient India

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Contrary to schoolbooks, India--not Sumer--may have been civilizations birth place. Current geological, archaeological, and linguistic evidence shows the ancient Indians had a highly evolved culture that still holds important answers for us today.
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Overview

Contrary to schoolbooks, India--not Sumer--may have been civilizations birth place. Current geological, archaeological, and linguistic evidence shows the ancient Indians had a highly evolved culture that still holds important answers for us today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788120816268
  • Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers (Pvt. Ltd)
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 341

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Revisioning the Past, Envisioning the Future 3
Ch. 2 The Vedas: Pyramids of the Spirit 13
Ch. 3 The Aryans: Exploding a Scientific Myth 45
Ch. 4 An Archaeological Surprise: The Cities of the Indus Valley 61
Ch. 5 The Great Catastrophe and the Reconstruction of the Early Indic Civilization 77
Ch. 6 The Vedic Peoples in the Land of the Seven Rivers: The Literary Perspective 101
Ch. 7 Deciphering the Indus-Sarasvati Script 127
Ch. 8 The Dawn of the Indic Civilization: The Neolithic Town of Mehrgarh 143
Ch. 9 Why the Aryan Invasion Never Happened: Seventeen Arguments 153
Ch. 10 The Spiritual Heritage of Ancient India 165
Ch. 11 The Birth of Science in Ritual 195
Ch. 12 Vedic Myths and Their Astronomical Basis 229
Ch. 13 India and the West 249
Ch. 14 The Vedas and Perennial Wisdom 269
Notes 287
Select Bibliography 305
Index 313
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2004

    Great Introduction to Indian Civilization

    Well researched & superb overview of the world's greatest ancient civilization that still throbs. Hope that modern Indians have enough true wisdom, character & depth to preserve & protect this unique heritage, values & culture by not being blind imitators & Hindu-bashers. If they loose this soul of India, the future generations would never know the greatness of this heritage, & the world-at-large would be a poorer planet. Would not that be an ultimate betrayal & a tragedy?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    Superb book!

    This is the best introduction you will read to the Indian civilization. Well researched and superbly argued, it breaks new ground in synthezing recent scholarly findings.

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