Fw: Re: Date of Jyotisa Vedanga

Paul Kekai Manansala kekai at JPS.NET
Thu Mar 23 16:52:57 UTC 2000

Koenraad Elst wrote:
> As for the 1st millennium AD Tamil texts mentioning Krttika as the beginning> of the lunar calendar: this is perfectly normal, as calendars once> established tend to be preserved for ages (that is precisely their whole> point: putting time on a permanent common denominator).  The Chinese system
> of lunar asterisms started ca. 2400 BC with Krttika at the head, and
> retained that system for thousands of years, even when Krttika was no longer
> on the spring equinox.

The Chinese calendar can be dated back to 2679 BCE based on its 3600
year cycle.

Does anyone know of any other calendars similar to the Chinese and
Indian ones (spring equinox at Krttika)?

Paul Kekai Manansala

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