Asko Parpola. Education and degrees awarded. Doctor of Philosophy, Univ of Helsinki. Licentiate of Philosophy, Univ of Helsinki. Master of Arts. ‘This book is substantial, in every sense of the word does make a forceful case for a partial decipherment it will become the standard reference work and the. : The Roots of Hinduism: The Early Aryans and the Indus Civilization (): Asko Parpola: Books.

Author: Bami Kinos
Country: Croatia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Sex
Published (Last): 8 March 2006
Pages: 471
PDF File Size: 3.37 Mb
ePub File Size: 20.47 Mb
ISBN: 973-3-35035-726-3
Downloads: 34776
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Narg

This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Hinduism has two major roots. Another, more enigmatic, root is the Indus civilization of the third millennium BCE, which left behind exquisitely carved seals and thousands of short inscriptions in a long-forgotten pictographic script. Discovered in the valley paepola the Indus River in the early s, the Aasko civilization had a population estimated at one million people, in more than settlements, several of which were cities of some 50, inhabitants.

With an area of nearly a million square kilometers, the Indus civilization was more extensive than the contemporaneous urban cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt.

Yet, after almost a century of excavation and research the Indus civilization remains little understood. How might we decipher the Indus inscriptions? What language did the Indus people speak? What deities did they worship? Asko Parpola has spent fifty years researching the roots of Hinduism to answer these fundamental questions, which have been debated with increasing animosity since the rise of Hindu nationalist politics in the s.

In this pioneering book, he traces the archaeological route of the Indo-Iranian languages from the Aryan homeland north of the Black Sea to Central, West, and South Asia.


Asko Parpola on The Roots of Hinduism by Vikram Zutshi

His new ideas on the formation of the Vedic literature and rites and the great Hindu epics hinge on the profound impact that the invention of the horse-drawn chariot had on Indo-Aryan religion. Parpola’s comprehensive assessment of the Indus language and religion is based on all available textual, linguistic and archaeological evidence, including West Asian sources and the Indus script. The results affirm cultural and religious continuity to the present day and, among many other things, shed new light on the prehistory of the key Hindu goddess Durga and her Tantric parlola.

Defining ‘Hindu’ and ‘Hinduism’ 2. The early Aryans 3. The Indus civilization 5.

The Indus religion and the Indus script Part I: The Early Aryans 6. Early Indo-Iranians on the Eurasian steppes 8.

The Rigvedic Indo-Aryans and the Parola The Asvins and Mitra-Varuna The Asvins as funerary gods The Atharvaveda and the Vratyas The Indus Civilization The language of the Indus civilization Fertility cults in folk sako Astronomy, time-reckoning and cosmology Dilmun, Magan and Meluhha Royal symbols from West Asia The Goddess and the buffalo Early Iranians and ‘left-hand’ Tantrism Religion in the Indus script Conclusion Prehistory of Indo-Aryan Language and Religion Retrospect and prospect Bibliographical notes References Index.

Asko Parpola is uniquely well qualified to undertake this, through his major parpooa on the Vedas and Vedic ritual and on the Indus Civilization, combined with an excellent understanding of the archaeological evidence beyond India itself.

No one interested in any of these fields can afford to miss it. Oxford University Press is a parploa of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Academic Skip to main content. Choose your country or region Close. It can be ordered now for delivery when back in stock. Ebook This title is available as an ebook.


To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. The Roots parppla Hinduism The Early Aryans and the Indus Civilization Asko Parpola Proposes for the first time a detailed archaeological route for the coming of the Aryan languages to Central, West and South Asia Offers comprehensive assessment of the Indus language and religion in the light of all available evidence, including West Asian sources and the Indus script Presents a controversial new argument on the origin and formation of parpolaa Vedic literature and rites.

Brockington, Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit, University of Edinburgh; Vice President, International Association of Prpola Studies ” The Roots of Hinduism is undoubtedly a major contribution — like Parpola’s earlier book on deciphering the Indus script — to the understanding of the Indus civilisation, the Aryan migrations into India, and the development of Hinduism.

The Roots of Hinduism

Contradictory Lives Lisa I. Loyal Enemies Jamie Gilham. Philosophy and India A. Vedic Voices David M.

Parpola and the Indus script

The ‘Incumberances’ Joan Mickelson Gaughan. Sympathetic Puritans Abram Van Engen. The Great Conversation Belden C.