Original Dravidian Homeland
Lars Martin Fosse
lmfosse at ONLINE.NO
Sat Jun 12 23:56:53 UTC 1999
B. N. Hebbar wrote:
> I need your informed opinions, comments, observations etc. on
> the following:
> According to Prof. N.Subramaniam (who has been given the title
> "Historian of the Tamils" by Prof. R. Sathyanathaier) says in
> book "The History of Tamilnad to AD 1336": "The Dravidian
> speech was introduced into South India by a group of people
> who migrated from the original home, i.e. from the Eastern
> Mediterranean region to South India. When exactly this occurred
> it is difficult to say." (p.22)
> Also, Dr. David W. McAlpin has written a tract entitled
> "Proto-Elamo-Dravidian: The Evidence and its Implications"
> (American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia:1981) seems to imply
> that the Dravidians have connections outside India.
> Since, the "Aryan migration" theory was being so hotly
> discussed, I am curious to know if, in the light of the
> above, the "Dravidian migration" theory had any connections and
> implications to the "Aryan" one.
The latest theory I have seen concerning this matter is given by Bernard Sergent in his recent book "Genèse de l'Inde". On the basis of physical anthropological material as well as cultural and linguistic, he claims that the Dravidians migrated from Africa and ended up in India after a stay in the Mediterranean area. The alleged similarities between Dravidians and Uralian languages is supposed to have come about through the mechanisms of area linguistics, indicating that at least some Dravidians and some Uralians lived in the same area for long enough to influence each other's language. Incidentally, Sergent does not believe that the Harappans were Dravidians - that is, except for the population in the south of the IVC area. Again, his reasons are anthropological. (He does not suppose that the IVC culture was monolingual).
The Dravidians are supposed to have reached India before the 8th millennium. BTW: anthropologically they are Mediterranean, and therefore what we might term black whites. The question then becomes: were they white originally only to become black, or is it rather vice versa? According to Sergent, it is the whites who have lost their original black color - I assume due to the bleaching northern climate :-).
Lars Martin Fosse
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