By Klaus K. Klostermaier

ISBN-10: 0791470814

ISBN-13: 9780791470817

ISBN-10: 0791470822

ISBN-13: 9780791470824

ISBN-10: 1435616707

ISBN-13: 9781435616707

The 3rd version of this well-regarded advent to Hinduism provides new fabric at the religion's origins, on its relatives with rival traditions, and on Hindu technology.

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Later migrations, caused either by climatic changes or by military events, would have brought the Hittites to western Asia, the Iranians to Afghanisthan and Iran, and many others to other parts of Eurasia. Such a scenario would require a complete rewriting of ancient world history—especially if we add the claims, apparently substantiated by some material evidence, that Vedic Indians had established trade links with Central America and East Africa before 2500 bce. No wonder that the “new chronology” arouses not only scholarly controversy but emotional excitement as well.

They constitute only about 2 percent of India’s population. They are strongly concentrated in the Punjab, where they claim to have a majority. Not all Sikhs are convinced that they need a separate Khalistān, but the more extremist faction did not shy away in the last decades of the twentieth century from terrorism and murder to press the claim. Happily the situation has calmed down now. Around thirty million Indians are Christians, divided into a great many different churches and denominations.

Based on the early dating of the Ṛgveda (ca. ”21 They link the recently discovered early European civilization (which predates ancient Sumeria and ancient Egypt by over a millennium) to waves of populations moving out or driven out from northwest India. Later migrations, caused either by climatic changes or by military events, would have brought the Hittites to western Asia, the Iranians to Afghanisthan and Iran, and many others to other parts of Eurasia. Such a scenario would require a complete rewriting of ancient world history—especially if we add the claims, apparently substantiated by some material evidence, that Vedic Indians had established trade links with Central America and East Africa before 2500 bce.

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