Originally posted by MapMistress
There's all kinds of reasons that one advanced civilization would lie about another.
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I think this nails most of the reasons why there would be a cover-up of an advanced civilisation.
I am convinced, beyond a reason of doubt, that ancient India was a advanced civilisation, possibly as early as 3000BCE. It was a huge global power and
it civilised much of the world. And I think there is a major cover-up by the West to hide this and it is motivated by political and religious agenda.
And I can even see evidence when the cover-up begun in the 19th century, when Western scholars themselves were coming to the conclusion that India was
an advanced civilisation. This lead to a counter movement of scholarship, largely motivated by Christian missionaries to deny what early Western
scholars were saying about india.
1. Conquering: The conquering civilization wants to destroy the history of the other so they could rewrite it. Prime Example--Roman armies
Very systematic efforts were made by British scholars to erase the history of India and portray it as uncivilised, superstitious etc. We can even find
quoatations by the architects of the distortion agena explictly saying that is what they are doing.
2. Money & Tourism: An archeologist with lots of monetary backing makes a mistake, so to keep with the monetary backing, they propogate the
lie. Prime Example -- Noble archeologists with titles of Sir, doing archeology digs in Egypt in the 1800s made mistakes about gender and carbon dating
because DNA testing and carbon dating didn't exist. So to keep the financial backing for tourist purposes, the lie gets propagated with the wrong
date or wrong gender of the find.
India had a huge and dominant share of the GDP of the world and production. Its goods were more economical, higher quality and more in demand in the
world which was leading to economic losses to the British empire. So the British empire introduced unfair taxation and closed down all the industries
of India and even engineered famines to kill of the prosperous populations. This is how India was reduced to poverty over 200 years of misrule and
leeching of its resources.
Indological studies were initiated on the grounds of the "Aryan invasion theory" which fabricated by British colonial scholars. This theory, despite
having no evidence to support it allowed to perpetuate well into the 21st century. Today, despite overwhelming evidence against it, most indological
academic departments in the world refuse to let go it. One of the main ones in Harvard has revised it to "Aryan migration theory" in face of the
evidence, but still is not admitting that Aryans were a cultural group indigenous to India.
3. Religion: A region in the past had a different set of religious beliefs which are at odds with the present people living in the region. So
the modern religion lies about the religion and people of the past to substantiate their present religious doctrine. Prime Example -- the Middle East
and Palestine. The groups living there in the past worshipped pagan religions, not Judaism, not Islam and not Christianity.
Most of the British scholars who wrote Indian history were Christian missionaries. They made efforts to translate the sacred sciptures of India, the
Vedas, and denigrated them at the same time. Their translations did not match the indigenous translations and made them look very primitive and
savage(Even saying this explictly) The dangers they perceived were that the indigenous religion had many similarities with Christianity and historical
connections with it, possibly even inspiring its birth. But this would mean Christianity was of Pagan origin and they despised that possibility.
4. Gender Discrimination: A group in the past had a matriarchical social organization and was conquered by a patriarchical group. The
patriarchy lies to erase the matriarchy. Prime Example -- Navajos. All property in the past, sheep, land, hogans were owned by the women and passed
from grandmother to granddaughter, until Franklin Roosevelt's administration where sheep ownership was given to the men and taken from the women in
the Allotment Act.
Yep, British scholars especially Christian missionaries exaggerated the practices of dowry, child marriage sati(wife-burning) and oppression of women
in Indian society to erase all signs of matriarchy from Hinduism and even set aside the Vedic phase from the Indus valley phase which was explictly
matriarchal. However, what they omitted was that dowry, child marriage and sati was a social custom that originated in India during the Muslim
invasions and rule. Indian Women would prefer to have self-immolated themselves than fall prey to Muslim oppressors; child-marriage and dowry was
created to protect Indian women. In Hindu society prior to the invasions women had a very high status. They were allowed to study, to become teachers,
to participate in religious ceremonies, fight in the army and there were many goddess cults.
5. Stupidity: A modern day group doesn't understand the social structure of a past civilization, so they simply make stuff up. Prime Example
-- Egypt. Most of what they are calling "gods" and "goddesses" were simply human beings with a mere shrine set up for them for burial purposes and
such humans were never worshipped as deities in Ancient Egypt.
There's all kinds of reasons it could happen.
Hinduism was portrayed as a polytheistic religion and this view was not changed until the very late 20th century, where it is now understood to be
henotheistic(Many in one) It is now also acknowledged that the caste system was not always based on birth, and in ancient Indian society social
mobility and meritocracy was present to a degree. It has finally been acknowledged that ancient Indians were not just mystial, religious and
superstitious but made huge contributions to Philosophy, Science and Arts.
Now, new revisioniost efforts in history are pushing back Indian history thousands of years earlier than colonial scholars dated it, suggesting that
India IS as volataire proclaimed, the cradle of civilisation. It did influence Babylonian mathematics, Greek Philosophy and Christianity and many
Indo-European cultures in the world. It reached levels of high civilisation as early as 3000BCE. Finally, its records which go back million of years
ago strongly challenge the dominant view in anthropology that modern humans only appeared 300,00 years ago. This is another reason why Indian's
advanced status has been covered up.
The newage movement has been one consequence of the contact of the West with India and the newage movement has strongly challenged the dominance of
Christianity in the world, with a lot of Churches in Europe now being forced to hold Yoga classes to stay in business. The immediate fear of those who
are trying to cover up India's advanded civilisation is that it will lead to the end of the Western dominance of the world. Something the eminent
historian Will durant also warned, "The West will conquer India in the 20th century, but India will conquer her conquerers in the 21st century" And
that does seem to be happening right now!
[edit on 16-12-2009 by Indigo_Child]