By D.D. Kosambi
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An excellent translation with very useful notes was made by M. , London 1900). NOTES TO CHAPTER I 15 3. F. E. Pargiter : The purana text of the dynasties of the Kali age (Oxford, 1913), one of the most valuable puranic studies, collating the available information and analysing it. The puranas themselves await critical editions, particularly the unwieldy Bhavi$ya Purana. 4. See V. V. Mirashi’s report in the ABORl 23, 1942, 291-301. 5. , London 1910). 6. Guglielmo Ferrero : Grandezza e decadenza di Roma; 5 vols.
Festivals and rites. THE history that we are accustomed to read deals with types of society which came into existence fairly late in the group-development of the tool-using animal, man. The common feature of these recent societies is division into dasses. This means not only division of labour but a basic tension deriving from the existence of two major sections whereof one produces a surplus controlled in some way by the other, usually by right of ownership under property relations enforced at the time by the particular collection of human beings.
There is good reason to believe that many natural caves have been enlarged in historical times to make monasteries or cave temples. 2. It is still not possible to establish a general sequence of development from the stone age down in the most densely settled areas, namely the Punjab, the Gangetic basin, the coastal strip of the peninsula. It will be shown late- on that there were notable intrusions in each of these regions. Yet India shows extraordinary continuity of culture. Hie violent. breaks known to have occurred in the political and theological superstructure have not prevented long survival of observances that have no sanction in the official Brahmin works, hence can only have originated in the most primitive savages of human society ; moreover, the Hindu scriptures and even more the observances sanctified in practice by brahminism, show adoption of non-brahmin local rites.
An Introduction to the Study of Indian History by D.D. Kosambi