[INDOLOGY] Fwd: Fun media piece about the Mitanni: Sanskrit in Ancient Syria

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 05:19:12 UTC 2015

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From: Nagaraj Paturi <nagarajpaturi at gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Fun media piece about the Mitanni: Sanskrit in
Ancient Syria
To: George Thompson <gthomgt at gmail.com>

Dear Prof. Thompson,

I was trying to see the 'fun' in the title of the thread inside the
article. I brought out what I found.

Its really fun.

Whether modern Indians are celebrating Sanskrit or not, the author of the
piece is celebrating his knowledge that the language was that of some
pastoral nomads living outside the place where the people who have been
attached to that language as their own, have been living for millennia,
nurturing and nourishing it.

Even if this is looked at as a fixation of a tendency originating during
the early enlightenment period, the tendency of getting excited at and
celebrating every discovery contradicting the traditional beliefs, it is
fun that the tendency continues for so long after those days of its origin.

Warm regards as ever,


On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 12:46 AM, George Thompson <gthomgt at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Prof. Paturi,
> These 'ancient pastoral nomads' were pre-literate.  They didn't write any
> horse-training books.  The horse-training book was written by someone named
> Kikkuli, and he wrote it in Hittite, not Vedic.  In his Hittite
> horse-training manual there are some clearly pre-Vedic words that refer to
> horse-training and certain Vedic gods.  Kikkuli was transcribing into
> Hittite the words of these pre-Vedic nomads who taught the Hittites about
> horse-training.
> The article that Dominik refers to is a a rather teasing critique of Modi,
> et al.  It is not scholarly, but it gets the facts right for the most
> part.  Its main point is that the OIT theory is not supported by any good
> evidence.  It cites reliable sources like Anthony and the encyclopedia of
> IE by Mallory and Adams.  If you want to consider what Vedicists think
> about this, see Mayrhofer and Thieme, just as a start.
> Best wishes, as always,
> George
> On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 2:05 PM, Nagaraj Paturi <nagarajpaturi at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> The article has this sentence:
>> So much so that 3,500 years later, modern Indians would celebrate the
>> language of these ancient pastoral nomads all the way out in Bangkok city.
>> The sentence matches with the earlier part of the article, if  'ancient
>> pastoral nomads' is improved as 'ancient pastoral charioteer
>> horse-trainer-book-writing mercenary hymn-singing hymn-documenting nomads'
>> --
>> Prof.Nagaraj Paturi
>> Hyderabad-500044
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