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Myth and Reality
Studies in the Formation of Indian Culture


© 2016 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This book is based on a profound study of literary sources and carefully planned ­fieldwork which throw fresh and novel light on the origins and development of Indian culture. Professor Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi has raised, analysed and solved questions of vital importance to all those interested in the study of Indology such as the data of Karle Caves; the background of Kalidasa’s plays; the significance of the great Pandharpur pilgrimage; and the economic, cultural and historical basis of the Goan struggle for union with India and others.

The work is most refreshing in its range of material as presented for the first time. The author makes an impressive use of scientific methods in many fields—archaeology, ethnography, philology and others. The logically consistent and intensely stimulating analyses and conclusions are often startling but always convincing and undeniably important as a landmark in the study of Indian tradition.

Key Features

• Essays in this volume are based upon the collation of field?work with literary evidence.

• Fresh data and logical interpretation cast fresh and novel light on the origins and development of Indian culture.

• The work is most refreshing in its range of new material presented here for the first time Original discoveries of megaliths, microliths, rustic superstition and peasant customs.

• Author's masterly analysis is logically consistent and profoundly stimulating. 

 
ABBREVIATIONS
 
INTRODUCTION
 
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF THE BHAGAVAD-GITA
 
For What Class?
 
A Remarkable Interpolation
 
Not Sufficient Unto the Purpose
 
Why Krsna?
 
When Does a Synthesis Work?
 
The Social Functions of Bhakti
 
The Gita Today
 
URVASI AND PURURAVAS
 
Introduction
 
Kalidasa’s Treatment
 
Modern Interpretations
 
Versions of the Story
 
Rgveda x. 95
 
Commentary to RV x. 95
 
Urvasi’s Associates
 
The Dawn-Goddess in the Rgveda
 
Aryan or Pre-Aryan?
 
Goddess of Birth and Death
 
AT THE CROSSROADS: A STUDY OF MOTHER-GODDESS CULT SITES
 
The Problem
 
The Mothers
 
Information from Fieldwork
 
Primitive Tracks
 
The Trade Routes
 
The Jatakas
 
Carudatta’s Sacrifice
 
PILGRIM’S PROGRESS: A CONTRIBUTION TO THE PREHISTORY OF THE WESTERN DECCAN PLATEAU
 
The End of the Prehistory in the Deccan
 
Cult Migrations, The Goddesses and Megaliths
 
Cult Migrations: The Gods
 
Microlith Tracks
 
Highlanders and Lowlanders
 
Later Developments
 
Towards Agriculture
 
THE VILLAGE COMMUNITY IN THE "OLD CONQUESTS" OF GOA
 
Land and People
 
The Economic Situation
 
Heterogeneity of the Population
 
The Feudal Period
 
INDEX
 
Increase in Taxation
 
Structure of the Community
 
The Historical Background
 
Beyond the Commune
Key features

This book is based on a profound study of literary sources and carefully planned ­fieldwork which throw fresh and novel light on the origins and development of Indian culture. Professor Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi has raised, analysed and solved questions of vital importance to all those interested in the study of Indology such as the data of Karle Caves; the background of Kalidasa’s plays; the significance of the great Pandharpur pilgrimage; and the economic, cultural and historical basis of the Goan struggle for union with India and others.

The work is most refreshing in its range of material as presented for the first time. The author makes an impressive use of scientific methods in many fields—archaeology, ethnography, philology and others. The logically consistent and intensely stimulating analyses and conclusions are often startling but always convincing and undeniably important as a landmark in the study of Indian tradition.

Key Features

• Essays in this volume are based upon the collation of field?work with literary evidence.

• Fresh data and logical interpretation cast fresh and novel light on the origins and development of Indian culture.

• The work is most refreshing in its range of new material presented here for the first time Original discoveries of megaliths, microliths, rustic superstition and peasant customs.

• Author's masterly analysis is logically consistent and profoundly stimulating. 

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