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With this work, the authors, all three renowned Yoga and Vedic scholars with multiple publications to their names, set out to challenge the generally held theory that advanced culture began in Sumer in southern Mesopotamia. Relying on a reexamination of redated Vedic literature and denying that an "Aryan invasion" from the north ever took place, which allegedly would have introduced advanced culture into India at a relatively late date, they claim instead that advanced culture already existed in the Indus valley?before the flourishing of Sumer. The work is broad in scope, well documented, and extensively illustrated. Although this book is written for the lay reader, the authors hope that it will stir the scholarly world as well. Public and academic libraries will want to have this title.?Ria Koopmans-de Bruijn, C.V. Starr East Asian Lib., Columbia Univ.
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This was the first book to debunk the Aryan Invasion Theory, and it remains the best in presenting the scholarship from a variety of areas and showing step by step how the old... Read morePublished on May 29 2004
I must first make it clear that the book neither presents a Hindu-centric view of history or claims to show that India is the cradle of mankind or that there have been no movements... Read morePublished on April 12 2004
Remember to always subtract 2 stars from any Amazon rating since they delete the one star ratings and allow the authors and their friends to submit multiple 5 star reviews with... Read morePublished on April 10 2004
This is a very interesting thesis, and one to reckon with, but one has to remain suspicious of the basic reasoning given the difficulty of correctly assessing the evidence as rival... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by John C. Landon
The books was the first to present the new archaeological findings that there have been no massive movements of people in India after 4500 BC. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
I enjoyed reading the book. It helped me navigate through the many contested theories of India's earliest history, and it always provided reasoned arguments. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003
In a nutshell, this book argues the Indus Valley civilization is in fact the early Vedic civilization and rejects Aryan migration theories altogether. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003
Barring a couple of weak arguments, the book is simply un-putdownable. A sound example of challenging the "Aryan Invasion Theory" with scholarship as well as intuition. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2003 by Pyne
This book helps one make sense of Indian history and traditions. By a skilful synthesis of the latest scientific evidence from a variety of fields, the authors present a proper... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2002