Proto-Indo-European Roots of the Vedic Aryans

Authors

  • Travis D. Webster

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13154/er.v3.2016.A-V

Keywords:

Asko Parpola, Aryan migrations, Vedic religion, Hinduism

Abstract

Recent archaeological evidence and the comparative method of Indo-European historical linguistics now make it possible to reconstruct the Aryan migrations into India, two separate diffusions of which merge with elements of Harappan religion in Asko Parpola’s The Roots of Hinduism: The Early Aryans and the Indus Civilization (NY: Oxford University Press, 2015).

This review of Parpola’s work emphasizes the acculturation of Rigvedic and Atharvavedic traditions as represented in the depiction of Vedic rites and worship of Indra and the Aśvins (Nāsatya). After identifying archaeological cultures prior to the breakup of Proto-Indo-European linguistic unity and demarcating the two branches of the Proto-Aryan community, the role of the Vrātyas leads back to mutual encounters with the Iranian Dāsas.

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Published

2016-03-03

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Miscellaneous

How to Cite

Proto-Indo-European Roots of the Vedic Aryans. (2016). Entangled Religions, 3, A-V. https://doi.org/10.13154/er.v3.2016.A-V

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