Date of Jyotisa Vedanga
s.hodge at PADMACHOLING.FREESERVE.CO.UK
Thu Mar 23 00:44:47 UTC 2000
>> Legends about him have been interpreted by Chang Tsung-tung
>> (Taiwan/Frankfurt) as describing the Indo-European conquest
>> China, no less
> Evidence of an "Aryan" invasion of China is astronomically less
> than that concerning a similar invasion of India.
I think what Chang Tsung-tung actually suggests is the takeover of the
early Chinese state by a numerically small group of techologically
advanced IE people -- rather like the Rus in the case of Russia or the
Normans for England. To talk of a "conquest" or "invasion" might be
exaggerated -- but the idea sounds familiar. He suggests that the
name Huang-ti (the Yellow Emperor) should be reconstructed as
something like hoang-deeg (= honey-[coloured] deva) -- those blonde
aryans again ? Actually his material seems to establish a range of
fairly reliable cognates that need further investigation.
> Also, the connection of IVC with the Chinese script is a little
> far-fetched since we really don't know what Harappan symbols
Chinese scholars now date the eaerliest proto-writing in China to
around 4000 BCE based on the pottery fragments found at Banpo near
Xian and elsewhere. A trifle early for Harappa ?
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