Example

Let me to show you some examples of what you’ll get for subscribing to my books and supplementary e-mail service.

For example you always wanted to know more about legendary Indian rajas, heroes of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

General histories of India never covered topic of Indian Vedic or Puranic genealogies. But I do.

Making sense of countless bits of genealogical information in obscure hymns is not easy thing but I’ll try to present tentative lists of rulers of 16 Mahajanapadas and even attempt to locate them in time and space.

On what sources I base my assumptions?

First of all there are primary or equal to primary sources. No need to sift through dozens of thick volumes of Mahabharata.

Here is rare book “Dates and dynasties in Earliest India” written by R. Morton Smith. I saw this book was included as source in other genealogical compilations for example Nikolay Sychev’s “Book of Dynasties” (Moscow 2005) but inside I couldn’t find any trace of the book.

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Morton Smith is not typical genealogist, his work has more connection to ancient Indian epigraphy than genealogy. He quotes passages in Puranas concerning historical and genealogical information about particular legendary Indian kings. Look at these verses about Manu and his descendants. It’s primary source.

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Another rare monograph “Ancient Indian Historical Tradition” by F.E. Pargiter was also published by Motilal Banarsidass.

 

In his book Pargiter gives first historical treatment of Puranic genealogies and attempted to compile them into one huge synchronistic table. It’s already better than deciphering verses in Morton’s work but still neither satisfactory nor complete.

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In much earlier written “Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan” by James Todd we can find more or less traditional genealogical table showing claimed connections between different branches of Solar and Moon Dynasties.

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Todd’s table gives you an idea of Ancient Indian royalty in more accessible way than obscure dictionary “Genealogies of the Hindus” carefully compiled at same time by Francis Hamilton.

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However Hamilton’s work is invaluable from prosopographical point of view providing short biographies of all important persons in Indian Epic.

Mahabharata ends with Bharata War & enthronement of Pariskshit whose kingdom flowed with milk and honey. From that point we slowly but surely leaving legendary mist and approaching historical times of Buddha and Magadha kings whose existence backed by irrefutable records.

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Thankfully for us 2 historians Hemachandra Raychaudhuri and BN Mukherjee undertook gigantic job of separating facts from fiction in these dark times. Their work “Political History of Ancient India” unsurpassed in quality & rivaled by later historians only partially.

Why partially? Main reason is recent histories were not much concerned by political developments in Vedic Age India let alone intricacies of dynastic strife. Take for instance “A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India” written as textbook for her students by professor Upinder Singh, daughter of prime minister Manmohan Singh.

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It’s fabulously illustrated concise history of ancient India providing up-to-date historical knowledge. Obviously political history is just one aspect of Upinder Singh interest but maps locating legendary mahajanapadas and other historical entities are of great value.

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Subscribers to my work can be most assured they will get high quality genealogical histories and access to best sources available for historian.

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