Karma Dorje wrote:
The question I would ask in light of this, is how do the Mahavidya, Nath, and Kaula traditions relate to the Dravidians? Who here thinks (or knows) that the '"Indo-Aryan" invasion of Dravidian India' theory (that the Mahabharata is said to describe) holds any weight?
The so-called Aryan invasion theory has been thoroughly debunked in modern academia.
No it hasn't. Havn't you read Witzel's debunking of the Hindutva nationalist origins theory? Especially Frawley's tepid presentation?
The best and most balanced book on the subject is The Quest for The Origins of Vedic Culture
by Edwin Bryant, Oxford, 2001.
You can read Frawley getting owned by Michael Witzel back in 2002 in a number of exchanges involving the two of them as well as others. In order to access these articles you need to go here:http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/op/arcop.htm
And access them by date.
1/22/02 N.S. Rajaram : Historical divide: archaeology and literature
1/29/02 M. Witzel Indus Civilisation and Vedic society
2/5/02 Clarence Maloney : Vedic-Indus debate: save Indian civilisation today
2/19/02 N.S. Rajaram: Theory and evidence
3/5/02 M. Witzel : Harappan horse myths and the sciences
3/12/02 R. Nagaswamy: Harappan horse
5/21/02 M. Witzel (assisted by Richard Meadow): Horses, logic, and evidence
6/18/02 David Frawley: Vedic literature and the Gulf of Cambay discovery
6/25./02 M. Witzel : A maritime Rigveda? — How not to read ancient texts
7/2/02 R. Nagaswamy : From Harappan horse to camel
7/9/02 Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet : Cosmology in Rigveda — the third premise
7/16/02 D.,Frawley: Witzel's vanishing ocean
8/6/02 M. Witzel Philology vanished: Frawley's Rigveda — I
8/13/02 M. Witzel: Philology vanished: Frawley's Rigveda — II
8/20/02 D.Frawley: Witzel's philology