Re: MEDIA: NOVA on Gamma Ray Bursters

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 16:23:29 MST

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> Mike Lorrey wrote:
> > Samantha Atkins wrote:
> >>Proof please.
> >
> > Early Brahmi scripts first appeared around 500-250 BC and were derived
> > from the Phoenecian alphabets developed in the Syria/Palestine area, as
> > well as having some Iranian influence. Indus script died out 1750 years
> > prior, around 2000 BC.
> >
> Since early Sanskrit was a oral only it is not at all convincing
> re the opinion that the language was derived from Western
> roots to bring up where its written alphabetic characters were
> derived from. It is more convoluted to provide proof of such a
> contention. One thing that has been tried to date some orally
> transmit Hindu Vedas (Rig Veda especially iirc) is to use
> atronomical evidence from astronomical references in the text.
> Some of these place the Rig Veda as early as 6000 BC. If this
> is accurate and given that it was transmitted orally in Sanskrit
> for that many millenia, it would he impossible that Sanskrit
> derived from the sources stated.

Since Indus script existed prior between 3000 to 2000 BC, and that there
is no record of the Hindu Vedas, so far as I know of, in any recovered
Indus texts, then it is highly doubtful that the Vedas were in existence
prior to 2000 BC, so any claims of 'astronomical' evidence of their
existence prior to that date are highly speculative and likely open to
significant subjective interpretation.

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