The Indus Script and the Ṛg-Veda

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1997 - Indus script - 223 pages
The deciphering of the Indus script has met with suspicion and is exposed to ridicule even. Many people are nowadays of the opinion that the Indus script is altogether indecipherable, if not a bilingual of considerable size turns up. The approach to a decipherment presented in this volume makes avail of a bilingual, too, but its masterkey is the discovering of the symbolic connection of the Indus signs with the metaphoric language of the Rg-Veda. Nearly 200 inscriptions, among them the longest and those with the most interesting motifs, have been decoded here by setting them syllable for syllable in relation to Rg-Vedic verses. The results that were gained by this method for the pictographic values of the Indus signs are surprising and far beyond the possibilities of the most daring phantasy. At the same time many problems of the Rg-Veda could be solved or new insights be won.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
The Indus script and the RgVeda
13
Long inscriptions
49
The unicornstandard and the Somaplant
60
I1 The lord of the beasts and the deity in the tree
73
Seals and tablets with anthropomorphic motifs
93
Standing horned person arch
105
Deity between two tigers
111
V1 Pururavas and Urvasi
157
VI1 Gilgames and ancient India
177
The cosmic man in Patanjalis Yoga Sutras
209
Chess as a cosmic diagram
221
The development of the Brahmi and the Tamil script
233
X1 The swastika
243
Bibliography
253
Seal index with Vedic reference
263

Seals and tablets with composite animals
123
The bull upon the woman and the asvamedha
139

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