Rgveda from Magadha?

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Thu Jan 23 22:06:22 UTC 2003

I have discussed in some detail the connection of the ZAkalya RV to the MANDUkeya tradition in my article "Genesis of the RV Retroflexion" which appeared in the volume Aryan and Non-Aryan in India edited by myself and Peter E. Hook.  This article is also included in my book Sanskrit and Prakrit: Sociolinguistic Issues.  The connection to Magadha is based on a reference in the SAMkhAyana AraNyaka VII.13 (Keith's edn of the Aitareya AraNyaka, p. 309) which says that Madhyama MANDUkeya, the son of PrAtibodhI, was a MagadhavAsI "resident of Magadha.

                                                                                        Madhav Deshpande

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> From:         dean_anderson at SACARI.ORG
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> Subject:           Rgveda from Magadha?
> Deshpande says:
> -".ZAkalya was only one of the editors of the Rgveda, and that his recension
> represents only one of several. We know that ZAkalya based his recension in
> part on the earlier recension of MANDUkeya which was prevalent in the
> northeastern region of Magadha, while the original Rgvedic hymns were
> composed in the northwestern region."
> Deshpande, Madhav M. 1995Vedic Aryans, non-Vedic Aryans, and non-Aryans:
> Judging the linguistic evidence of the Veda. In George Erdosy (Ed.), The
> Indo-Aryans of Ancient South Asia: Language, Material Culture and Ethnicity
> (pp. 67-84). New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
> Why is it thought that there is a Magadha source for ZAkalya?
> Dean Anderson

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