HISTORY VERSUS MYTHOLOGY

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In India, until the arrival of Islam, everyone believed that time is circular, that we live infinite lives and we live the same life infinite times. With Islam came the notion of Qayamat, the final Day of Judgment when history ends

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HISTORY VERSUS MYTHOLOGYNOV 26, 2012|ARTICLES,INDIAN MYTHOLOGY.Published in First City, October 2012,In India, until the arrival of Islam, everyone believed that time is circular, that we live infinite lives and we live the same life infinite times. With Islam came the notion of Qayamat, the final Day of Judgment when history ends. This was very different from the notion of pralaya, cosmic dissolution, which is essentially death of universe before rebirth. In the view of time according to Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism, there is no beginning, no end, just an never-ending merry-go-round.When the Europeans came to India, they were divided between religion and science. At one level, they believed in the beginning (Original Sin) and the end of history (Apocalypse) like the Muslims. At another level, they believed in scientific evidence.The pre-scientific European accepted whatever the priests preached on the pulpit. The post-scientific European demanded evidence for everything. Both the pre-scientific and the post-scientific European rejected sacred stories of other parts of the world (America, Africa, Asia, Australia) as myth for all together different reasons. The former for religious reasons: truth only comes from the Bible. The latter for scientific reasons: lack of measurable evidence.The greatest victim of science was the linear religions of the West. Evidence based study of history revealed something that shocked the establishment. Subjects like archeolog

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