Paired Horse and PIE breakup
naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 6 14:32:08 UTC 1998
> Otherwise, one has to explain widespread conversion by
> 'horse cult' monks from Rome to India.
P. K. Manansala writes:
*Again you have ignored the fact that culture does not require monks *to
spread. The extremely close similarities between the Scythians
*and the Hsiung-nu, for example.
I used the word 'monks' because I was alerted: Buddhism's spread
must also be considered. The spread of Mahayana Buddhism
has very much to do with writing and literacy. Pali Canon
in Hinayana was spread aurally, whereas Mahayana went great
distances because of its visual imagery. Indian monks
were in China explaining the lankavataara, saddharma pundarika,
lalitavistara, avatamsaka ... suutrams. Chinese
pilgrims, Hsuan Tsang the prince amidst them, came searching
for pi.taka texts. Of course, for Islam, Koran and its
preachers played a significant role. A singe book spreads
the message what it will take for a dedicated team decades.
Nowadays, movies - Little Buddha, Richard Gere.
I want to know parallels to IE horse complex of myth/ritual
that has spread great distances (eg., Rome and India) in
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