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August 29, 2003

Itís the archaeology, stupid!

Dilip K. Chakrabarti writes the best brief introduction I have read to the stake of archaeology in the dispute over a hotly disupted mosque/temple site at Ayodhya. Also, the best title for an archaeology article.

The Brahminical literary tradition regarding Ayodhya is essentially mythological and canít be proved or disproved by archaeology. It was the capital of the Ikshaku dynasty which in turn belonged to the solar race of the Brahminical cosmogony. Rama and his father were Ikshaku kings. The Taittiriya Aranyaka, part of Vedic prose literature, describes Ayodhya as a celestial city, whereas the Ramayana (6th canto of Book I) describes it as a real city.

More on the disputed ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) report can be found here.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 29, 2003 09:41 AM