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Ancient India's Contribution to World Culture





Hindu Books > History > Ancient India's Contribution to World Culture

Foreword

Ancient India's Contribution to Our World's Material (Temporal) Culture
This Site is dedicated to the Unity and Integrity of Humankind

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Introduction

"If there is one place on the face of this Earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when Man began the dream of existence, it is India."

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Production Technology and Mechanical Engineering

"Many of the advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago."

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Shipbuilding And Navigation

In Ancient India there existed a strange belief that if any Hindu crossed the seas, he would lose his religion. When and why this belief came into being is not known.

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Architecture And Civil Engineering

The Science of Architecture and Civil Construction was known in Ancient India as Sthapatya-Shastra. The word Sthapatya is derived from the root word Sthapana i.e. 'to establish'.

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Mathematics

Mathematics represents a high level of abstraction attained by the human mind. In India, mathematics has its roots in Vedic literature which is nearly 4000 years old. Between 1000 B.C.

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Astronomy

In the working out of horoscopes (called Janmakundali), the position of the Navagrahas, nine planets plus Rahu and Ketu (mythical demons, evil forces) was considered.

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Physics and Chemistry

Ancient Indian theories lacked an empirical base, but they were brilliant imaginative explanations of the physical structure of the world, and in a large measure, agreed with the discoveries of modern physics.

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Medical Science

"In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climes and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. "

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The Fine Arts

In the area of the fine arts too the Indian psyche has proved itself to be quite fertile. An Indian is generally familiar with the different classical dance styles that today exist in India, like Bharat Natyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Mohini Attam apart from the folk dance like Bhangra and Garba.

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Sports And Games

In the area of recreation and sports India had evolved a number of games. One would be surprised to know today that games like, Chess, Snakes and Ladders, Playing Cards, Polo, the martial arts of Judo and Karate had originated in India....

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Philosophy

Philosophy, logic, theology are areas which have become typecast with India. To a person from outside India, this culture has nothing to offer other than the knowledge about these areas.

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Summing Up

The issues dealt with in the various chapters are only an assorted combination of those whose origins are traced to ancient India. Culture the world over is a result of give and take between various peoples.

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Glossary of Sanskrit Terms

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
Advaita - Non-dualism principle of Vedantic Philosophy
Agni - Fire.....

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Published on: 2003-03-10 (24226 reads)

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