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Witzel’s philology

Witzel has removed the Rigvedic Aryans from all but the corner of north India according to his philological conclusions. Though the Rigveda mentions samudra, the common Sanskrit term for ocean over 150 times, as the goal of all rivers, as endless in extent and as containing great waves, Witzel will not credit them with knowing the ocean because according to him they didn’t portray samudra with the correct salt content!

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Philology vanished: Frawley’s Rigveda — II

The public should not be misled by the glib, fashionable advocating of “innovative” theories that may fall in line with the present cultural climate in certain sections of the Indian and NRI public.

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Philology vanished: Frawley’s Rigveda — I

Like all scholarship, Vedic philology is constantly updated, tested and re-examined. Peer review and criticism alone take care of this. Authors of Frawleyan type `innovative’ interpretations usually do not carry out a countercheck of other possibilities and of gaps in the evidence, causing severe criticism.

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Witzel’s vanishing ocean

If one can interpret the Rigveda in the Witzel sense, ignoring the obvious and logical meaning of terms, then there is no telling what the Veda can be turned into.

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A maritime Rigveda? — How not to read ancient texts

To impute modern/medieval meanings when reading the Rigveda is a dangerous undertaking — as it is with all archaic texts, from Homer to the Bible to Confucius. Even Shakespeare, who wrote a mere 400 years ago, is not always immediately accessible to readers of modern English.

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