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

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In this pathbreaking book, the authors challenge the schoolbook notion of Sumer as the cradle of civilization. Sifting through the lasts archaeological, geological, and linguistic evidence, they call for a complete revisioning of ancient history.
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Overview

In this pathbreaking book, the authors challenge the schoolbook notion of Sumer as the cradle of civilization. Sifting through the lasts archaeological, geological, and linguistic evidence, they call for a complete revisioning of ancient history.
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With this work, the authors, all three renowned Yoga and Vedic scholars with multiple publications to their names, set out to challenge the generally held theory that advanced culture began in Sumer in southern Mesopotamia. Relying on a reexamination of redated Vedic literature and denying that an "Aryan invasion" from the north ever took place, which allegedly would have introduced advanced culture into India at a relatively late date, they claim instead that advanced culture already existed in the Indus valley-before the flourishing of Sumer. The work is broad in scope, well documented, and extensively illustrated. Although this book is written for the lay reader, the authors hope that it will stir the scholarly world as well. Public and academic libraries will want to have this title.-Ria Koopmans-de Bruijn, C.V. Starr East Asian Lib., Columbia Univ.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780835607209
  • Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.21 (d)

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 May 24, 2000

    Very Good

    This book is very well written and easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    Excellent introduction to ancient India!

    A lot of new findings in the past couple of decades have changed our understanding of ancient India. This book presents a summary of these new results by pioneering researchers in the field. The book shows how Indian prehistory goes back to about 7000 BC.

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