Harappan = Vedic ?


copyright: J M Kenoyer

copyright: J M Kenoyer

The “Unicorn” motif, found on many excavated Harappan seals, is not a unicorn, after all. It turns out to be an imaginary creature representing the whole animal kingdom in general, fittingly depicted by an artistic synthesis of many real animals. Kalicharan’s Veda makes one see (without any assumption about the Harappan people) that this depiction singularly points towards Vedic God Vayu; the apparatus shown before the creature, also an imaginary creation, invokes the image of sacrifice by Vayu (or, of the animal) and also shows the subsequent receiving of Soma juice (as drops coming out from the base of the apparatus) by Vayu. 

This sacrifice is not literal: an imagined animal is not sacrificed at an imagined altar. What is seen here is the vow of civilization: that humanity would continue to modify its basic, material existence by infusing into it the results of noble, creative, efforts.

So this understanding follows naturally from Rig-Veda, where the ideas of Sacrifice and the receiving of Soma juice (two sides of the same coin) are no less frequent than the frequency with which this particular “Vayu” seal is found in the excavations. 

This goes against the Aryan Invasion (or, migration) theoretical constructs and underscores the connection between Harappan and Vedic, though still doesn’t necessarily make Harappan= Vedic; so, the right question would be: were Harappan and Vedic spatially separated, or time separated, or space-time separated, or not separated at all?

Three layers of evidences have to be searched after, in order to find the answer. The first is the material evidence, e.g. Archaeological, Genetic, etc. The second, and the more important, is the literary evidence, e.g. Philological. The third layer, the most important one, belongs to the spiritual, where, no one can complain for a lack of framework now. 

And… as my last blog on the same issue (“Aryan Invasion Theory: a wastage of energy on all sides”) amply suggests, this subject doesn’t interest me, therefore, I am not going to say or think anything on it again. 


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