Can we accept ‘Traditional Knowledge’ as evidence? Part-I

Researching ancient history of India is very exciting and challenging. It is exciting because great evidence in coming to light from areas of Astronomy, Geology, Archeology, Genetics, ancient narratives, and even from notorious discipline (notorious for twisting, torturing and manipulating evidence to achieve less-enlightened ends) linguistics. One area of evidence that is often overlooked is…

Conflicts in Ancient Narratives – Part I

It is a common occurrence for conflicting statements to be present in a specific Ancient document. This may take various forms. (1) Conflicting observations (e.g. Astronomy, chronology, details of specific incidents) between multiple versions of the same narrative (e.g. multiple manuscripts of Mahabharata, Ramayana, etc.) (2) Conflicting observations can exists within different chapters/areas of the…