By Thomas R. Trautmann
This compelling and thoroughly researched reassessment of colonial ethnology, British Orientalism and the Aryan suggestion, demanding situations many ideologies in regards to the identification and ancient origins of Indians that are fashionable this day.
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8. One old dream had to be abandoned, that of recovering the language of Noah. It is lost irretrievably. After a diligent search, Jones says, "I cannot find a single word used in common by the Arabian, Indian, and Tartar families before the intermixture of dialects occasioned by Mohammedan conquests" (1807, 3:199). So far from being impelled by a desire to drive a wedge between Christians and Jews, as Martin Bernal (1987) has argued, page_51 Page 52 the creation of the Indo-European concept was the outcome of a program (in which Jones was only one of the more brilliant of many participants) of recovering the lost language of Noah and of Adam through the comparison of vocabularies.
I begin with John Zephaniah Holwell because he is one of the earliest exponents of British enthusiasm for the Hindu religion and because his is, in some ways, the era's most extreme example. 1 Holwell's account of Hinduism is somewhat. not otherwise known, before or since. There are three sets of writing that comprise what he called the Shastah (Sastra) or Hindu scriptures. The details of his account are confusing, but it is important to try to disentangle them. , Brahma).
C. In outline, Mosaic Mosaic reading of Indian chronology may be represented as follows (Jones 1807, 4:24,48; see Trautmann 1995): Adam Noah the flood Nimrod Bel Raamah Manu I Manu II fish, tortoise, boar avatars Narasimha Bali King Rama the Buddha Krta yuga Treta yuga Dvapara yuga Kali yuga 4004. C. C. C. C. C. C. C. Both the acceptance of Hindu flood mythology as history and the rejection of Indian cyclical time as mythology are part of the unitary project of the Mosaic ethnology. Ancient Wisdom The final aspect of finding India's place has to do with the idea of ancient wisdom.
Aryans and British India by Thomas R. Trautmann