Vedic Civilization

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Raj Pruthi
Discovery Publishing House, 2004 - Hindu civilization - 295 pages
Vedic civilization is rooted in the culture and traditions of the vedas. The vedas as we know, are the commandments of the God. Hence, Vedic civilization has survived the ravages of time, in spite of successive invasions of the alien civilizations. Limited aims of this book is to compile some of the unique perspectives of Vedic Civilization both at macro and micro levels.
 

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I can't speak for the entire book. But the author makes a staggering mistake on page 27 when he says that the first Greeks were the Achaeans circa 1,200 BC, and that the Myceneans were not Greek and did not speek the Indo-European Greek language.
It's been over 70 years since Michael Ventris translated Linear B, showing that the earliest Greeks go back as far as 1600 BC at least .
How the author could simply ignore this is literally shocking.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Origins of Vedic Civilization
5
The Aryan Problem
18
Traditional History from the Earliest
37
Vedic Society
98
Vedic Rites
112
Political and Legal Institutions
116
SocialEconomic Conditions
125
Language and Literature
171
The Indus Valley in the Vedic Period
198
Dayananda on Philosophy of the Vedas
213
Little Tradition and Great Tradition
244
Vedic Chronology
262
India and the West
269
How Ancient is the Vedic Tradition?
277
Bibliography
289

Religion and Philosophy
143

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