Sarasvati (texts & arch.II)

Lars Martin Fosse lmfosse at ONLINE.NO
Wed May 27 22:14:27 UTC 1998

At 14:54 27.05.98 PDT, you wrote:
>Lars MArtin Foss:
>>(Sources for 1) and 3) are TV programs, which is why I can't give you
>more precise details).
>With all due respect to you Lars, should we be taking TV programs so
>seriously?(i.e. if the company that made these programs is as
>knowledgable and *objective* as dear old CNN, the less said the better

It would depend on the program, of course! In this case, the program seemed
well documented, it was a popular, but "scientific" exposition of the early
geological and natural history of Meso-America and the Indies with a bit of
history and ethnography thrown in. But I DO mention that it is TV, which
means that I am not *entirely* confident. The underlying assumption is, of
course, that there are so many shisthas out there on Indology net that a
couple of them might know more about this and correct me if I am wrong. (I
don't HAVE to be right all the time, I am quite happy to be wrong sometimes :-))

> << Is there a memory of the migration Japanese to Japan? The theory
>"are not usually forgotten" could easily be tested on people that
>migrate to islands.>>
>AFAIK, the JApanese version is that the Goddess Ameratsu breathed life
>into the first Japanese person ON the islands of Japan. There seems to
>have been no such migration-memory prevalent..What I do know is that
>some of the Chinese believed that the Japanese were descended from a
>group of ship-wrecked Chinese sailors...this seems to a case where
>migration has been forgotten..
>OTOH, the Sinhalese do remember their migration from India very
>distinctly..Coming to think of it, all the immigrations that started off
>from India are remembered in one form or the other...

But wouldn't it be a point here that most - if not all - of these migrations
started not long before or after writing had been invented? Anyway, my point
was this: Migrations are sometimes remembered, sometimes not. The fact that
the early Aryans had little or no memory of their migrations into India
therefore proves very little.

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