Idiom, and, Grammar, (and, chariots, again!)

Steve Farmer saf at SAFARMER.COM
Tue Apr 10 03:28:39 UTC 2001

Subrahmanya writes:

> 6.75 speaks nothing about a "indo-european war chariot" ?
> Is it right for a scholar to assume that any generic wheeled contraption
> mentioned in the RV is a "fast two wheeled indo-european war chariot" ?

Totally ridiculous. 6.75 is an *explicit* hymn to war weaponry. 6.75.7
gives vivid images of enemies being trampled by the chariot horses. (Bad
traffic problems in Rgveda Land?) 6.75.8, where we find the ratha-vaahana,
6.75.9, and other verses following contain repeated references to weapons
and to images of war. What we find there is hardly any "generic wheeled

NB that the words "fast two wheeled indo-european chariot" masquerading as
a quotation in Subrahmanya's post are *not* my words. Subrahmanya can
apparently attribute made-up words to me as easily as he can imagine a
"generic wheeled contraption[s]" in one of the most famous war hymns in the
whole of the RV.

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