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The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate

Edwin Bryant


As a result of the discovery of similarities between Sanskrit and the classical languages of Europe, scholars hypothesized the existence of an early “proto-Indo-European” people who spoke the language from which the other Indo-European speakers evolved. The solution to this Indo-European homeland problem has been one of the most consuming intellectual projects of the last two centuries. At first it was assumed that India was the original home of all the Indo-Europeans. Soon, however, Western scholars were contending that the Vedic culture of ancient India must have been the by-product of an in ... More

Keywords: Aryan migration, history, India, Indian scholars, Indo-Aryan origins, Indo-Aryans, Indo-European homeland, Indo-Europeans, invasion, migration, Vedic culture, Western scholars

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195137774
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195137779.001.0001


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Edwin Bryant, author
Harvard University
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