[INDOLOGY] warriors v soldiers

Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan Palaniappa at aol.com
Fri Oct 14 23:13:30 EDT 2016


Dear Dr. Rosati,

Can you elaborate as to what the somatic traits of Tribals are?

Thanks

Regards,
Palaniappan


> On Oct 14, 2016, at 3:11 PM, Paolo Eugenio Rosati <paoloe.rosati at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Patrick, I can say that Pallava and Cola rulers probably used Tribal people as soldiers as testified by some sculptural reliefs of "victorious Durga", where two worshippers at her sides are represented with somatic traits of Tribals---and self-cutting their heads or flesh from their thigh. I think your question is interesting.
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> Paolo
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> Paolo E. Rosati 
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> Dear Friends, 
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> Please forgive the possibly naive nature of this question, but was it the case that all warriors were considered to be of the same kṣatriya class? Or, was it possible that the 'officers' were kṣatriyas and the 'foot soldiers' were perhaps of a different caste, i.e. enslaved śudras forced to fight? Is there any discussion of the militiary organisation according to ranks, size  and hierarchy similar to the table below? 
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> Thanks in advance. 
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