Myth of "Aryan Invasion"

 

Aryan invasion is a theory imposed on the Indians by Europeans.
Here are some of the reasons why I believe Aryans originated in India.

 

Story of origin -
If Aryans came from outside India, they would have put those stories of pre-India in their lore- Vedas.  There is no mention of “voyage” to India in any ancient lore of the Aryans.  Infact, Aryans state very clearly that India is in face – Jambu-dvipa – the purple island.   

In ancient times, India broke off from Africa and slowly travelled towards Asia as a mega island.  Collusion of this sub-continent with Asia created the Himalayas and the Hindu-Kush mountain ranges. 

If Aryans were nomads who came over the Hindu-Kush, they would never have known about India as a subcontinent.  They would have accepted India as part of the landmass of Asia.  Fact that these Aryans knew about India being an island at one point, clearly points to them having originated on the Indian landmass, prior to its collusion with the Asian landmass.   

Any people that come to a new place try to remember their original homeland by naming places with "old names" - eg - New York, NewZeland, New Orleans etc.  There is no such sentimental mention of “in memory of our native land” in any place name or kingdom founded by the Aryans and their descendants.  Indian place names are used in ancient Afghanistan, Persia and Lydia, but names from those places are not mentioned in Indian place names.  This clearly points to traffic coming out of India towards the west, rather than the otherway around.

Aryans talk of mighty rivers – sapta Sindu, Ganges, Krishna, Godavari, Kaveri in their home land.  They describe the majesty of Himalaya, Vindhya and Shaiyadri.  Aryans worship the all encompassing ocean.  They do not talk of endless grass planes or rolling hills or deserts of Taklimakan.

 

Dress code –
Anyone that travels to a new land tries to remember their native place in the manner of their dress, especially on “special days” and on “sacred occasions” - such as weddings, and funerals.  We see evidence of this in stuffy suits being worn to weddings and funerals even in Australian outback or the burkha being worn in streets of Paris and London.

If Aryans came from colder, wetter Northern lands of the Russian Steppes, their dress – especially ritual dress – would reflect this.  From their literature and sculpture, we can see the Aryans did not dress in furs, trousers and hats like the Russians or the nomads of the steppes. Infact, they wore clothes that best suited hot, dry climate of India. 

Even when Aryans wore dear skins for ritual purposes, these were worn as sarongs rather than head to toe clothing of colder climes. Regular clothing worn by Aryans was dhoti for men and sari for women.  Both garments imminently suitable for hot climate and certainly not the wind blown steppes.  Even now, for special occasions, such as marriages, Hindus across the continent still wear sari and dhoti.

 

Food -
Climate and geography dictates the kind of food people eat.  Cultures often evolve their own unique cuisine around their shared experiences and discoveries through time.  You can often pin point the origin of dishes from contacts they may have had with other cultures.  For anthropologists, this is often a great way to chart the history of a given set of people. 

Aryan diet does not show any trace of having originated in the colder climes of Russian steppes or Iran or Afghanistan.  Names they use for their fruits, vegetables and the way they cook their foods is an indication that they originated in a place were rice, wheat and barley were abundant.  Milk and honey were part of the staple diet.  Seasonal fruits and vegetables were cooked with game animals.  Nomads hardly have time to cultivate rice and barley.  Because of the nature of their lifestyle, nomads eat more meat than more settled people.  Aryans clearly veered more towards vegetarianism than an average nomadic Russian. 

Ritual foods often reveal cultural origins.  Hence descendants of the Scottish eat haggis at Christmas no matter which part of the globe they are in.  Jews will eat their breads and bitter herbs on special holidays and muslims will break their Ramadan fast with dates no matter where they are on the planet. 

Ritual food of the Aryans are based around milk, honey, rice and tropical fruits.  Milk in all its forms and incarnations is the basis of Aryan religious ritual – milk, yoghurt, curds, butter and ghee.  Rice is often cooked or mixed with these milk derivatives and money & sugarcane derivatives are used to sweeten it.  All these products clearly point to warm native lands of the Aryans. 

 

Brick –
Nomads do not make bricks.  Its far too time consuming and creates a structure far too permanent for their needs.  By necessity of their transient life, they live in mobile huts and tents made of animal skins and cloth. 

Aryans knew how to make bricks and used them extensively in their secular and spiritual architecture.  Cities unearthed all over the subcontinent testify to the high quality and consistent uniformity of bricks throughout ancient India.  These bricks were used to make citadels, palaces, houses and even roads in ancient India.  More importantly for this article, bricks were used for making the fire alters – yagna-kunds – of the Aryans.  If Aryans were nomads and came from outside India, their ritual alters would be simple fire pits, dug into the earth and surrounded by stones – not bricks.  On the contrary, Aryan yagna kundas are actually made from a complex arrangement of bricks.

 

Rituals –
Aryans came from lands blessed with ever-flowing rivers.  They recommended bathing three times a day !!!  Nomads would hardly recommend that !!!  Apart from the lack of regular supply of water, there would be the problem of cold, wet and windy weather.  Aryans often carried out their religious rituals while still wet from their bath.  This clearly shows their lands were hot enough for their people to walk out of the river and let the warmth of the sun dry them off.   

Aryan rituals require fire, flowers, vegetarian offerings (ghee, rice, milk etc), and plenty of kush grass.  Woods they recommended for ritual fire ceremonies to invoke their Gods were tropical woods and not the brush that would be found in the wastelands of Russiaa, Iran of Afghanistan.   

 

Language –
How you speak often bears traces of the lands where your language originated.  Lands with harsh winds reflect that in the harshness of their pronunciation.  Place with rolling hills has rolling words.  Aryan language reflects the sing-song of forest birds. 

Names and words often point to their originating culture.  For example, “Apple Corp” was named by an American.  “Lotus Inc” was founded by an Indian.  Though both companies were formed in America, the cultural heritage of their founders is clearly visible in the names they chose for their companies.  Aryans have named animals and places that reflect their surroundings in India.  Their words are not borrowed from outside India.

 

Migration  –
Hindu scriptures do record movement of Aryans - but its from Pakistan towards the mainland of India.  This could have been due to the Sarasvati river drying up and other rivers changing their courses - as rivers often do.  This move towards the East went in two main broad diections - Uttar path and Dakshin path. 
Uttar path led towards Ganges and Yamuna doab and extended towards Bengal. 
Dakshin path  led towards Gujarat, Maharastra, Andhra and further south. 

 

Gods –
People’s Gods often reflect their origins and the environment they came from.  Aryan Gods are the Gods of rain, wind, water, fire, Sun and God as a friend of his people – Indra, Vayu, Vraun, Agni, Aditya and Mitra.  Indra, the God of rain and thunder, was the king of heaven because as farmers, rain was key to the survival of the Aryans.  Nomads fear gods of storm as this drives their herds away from them.  Aryan Gods were as beautiful and serene as their surroundings.  Desert nomads have God(s) that are as harsh and unforgiving as their surroundings. 


 

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