By Paul Masson-Oursel, Helena Willman-Grabowska, Philippe Stern, C.K. Ogden
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The name of this people is like Saka, the Indian name of a Scythian people which was settled between the upper Indus and the Ox us and was at that time part of the Persian Empire, 2 t 2 Przyluski, OOVD, 830. For the Sacae (Sakai) of Herodotus, the inhabitants of Sacastene (Seistan), THE BEGINNINGS OF HISTORY 27 and would invade India in the first century of our era. ). l Certainly there was little that was Aryan in that environment. What we know of the Gangetic states of the sixth and fifth centuries comes from the literatures of the countryBrahman works in Sanskrit, Buddhist in Pali (in Ceylon) or Sanskrit (in Nepal), and Jain in Magadhi, Sauraseni (at Muttra), or Maharashtri (in the Maratha country).
Brahman is the same as flamen ; sepelire "to pay funeral respects " is equivalent to saparyati "to pay respect " ; the verb credo corresponds to the substantive sraddha. In both cases there were colleges of priests, a sort of priestly aristocracy. They were of great importance in the world of India. 1 1 Mem. Soc. , xx, p. 165 ; xxi, p. 40. PART ONE HISTORY CHAPTER I THE PREHISTORIC PERIOD JNDIA hardly has a history, and such written documents as we have for retracing the chief factors in that history do not even go back to the time of Alexander.
History is impossible except for united peoples. In India history is reduced to unconnected genealogies. Each caste, each sect or racial stock, each literature has or may have its independent tradition, the lucidity of which depends on the degree of culture to which it has risen. The highest culture belongs to the priestly caste, but that caste, which has for its heritage the understanding and religious exploitation of the Vedas, devotes itself to speculation on abstract technicalities, and only very reluctantly reflects all the confusion of the life around it.
Ancient India and Indian civilization by Paul Masson-Oursel, Helena Willman-Grabowska, Philippe Stern, C.K. Ogden