Celebrations of Milleniums

Luis Gonzalez-Reimann reimann at uclink.berkeley.edu
Sat Sep 6 06:46:22 UTC 1997

If you mean apocalyptic ideas, it would be surprising to find a connection
to any of the 'historical' eras, such as the Shaka one.  Escathological
concerns would be linked to the yuga system of chronology, the Puranic
version of which describes the current Kali yuga as lasting 432 000 years,
starting in 3,102 BCE.  However, the equivalent of current Western
apocalytic preoccupations related to the millenium is the idea that the Kali
yuga is coming to an end and a new Satya yuga is dawning.  Many modern
movements claim that this is currently taking place.

Luis Gonzalez-Reimann
University of California, Berkeley

At 03:18 PM 9/4/97 BST, you wrote:
>In some recent consultancy work I have been doing on Indian calendars and
>eras, I was asked a question which I do not have the answer to and thus
>share with you to see if anyone out there has some answer to: does anyone
>know if the milleniums in any one of the many different Indian eras, have 
>been marked (historically) with celebrations, fanfare, etc, or any of
>the kind of attention that the upcoming common era millenium is being
>marked.  Thanks (please give references if possible)
>Mary McGee, Columbia University 

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