Dating the Veda: Using the Horse and Planets

Paul Kekai Manansala kekai at JPS.NET
Thu Jan 20 19:38:06 UTC 2000

"S.Kalyanaraman" wrote:
> Vidhyanath Rao <rao.3 at OSU.EDU> wrote:
> > This reminds me of a question I have been searching for an answer to: Do
> > languages of NW (including Gujarat, Sindh) reliably distinguish between the
> > ass/donkey (Equus asinus) and the hemione (E heminous), subspecies Khur? >
> [Sanskrit doen't seem to.]
> Punjabi has the followins semantic expansions attesting to the use of as'va as
> a reference to any (animal) which leads, can be mounted, yoked etc.:
> aswa_r = mounted, riding (on anything); a rider, a mounted soldier
> aswa+ro+ cpmveuamce (as a horse, elephant, camel, carriage etc.)

This is very interesting.

I wonder though can we date the Ramayana and Mahabharata using content?
I think that's difficult because of problems with interpolation,
understanding of archaic language, etc.

However, if we are to use the Vedas for semi-historical purposes,
chariots would be more revealing than horses.

Under present theories, when do Central Asian chariots first appear
in the Indian archaeological record?

Paul Kekai Manansala

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