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Tribes in Ancient India (An Old and Rare Book)

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Item Code: NAK990
Author: B. C. Law
Publisher: Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune
Language: English
Edition: 1973
Pages: 447
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Weight 500 gm
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Book Description

The Present book is the outcome of my continued study of the history of tribes of Ancient India. In past years I wrote some books on tribes which have been well received by scholars and the present treatise is an improvement of them and I have added many new tribes to it. The object of the volume is to present a comprehensive an systematic account of some tirbes inhabiting different parts of India, viz. North, South, East, West and central, who played an important part in the early history of India.

In preparing the volume, I have utilised original works in Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Tibetan and Chinese and I have also derived help from other sources, such as epigraphy, archaeology, numismatics, and itineraries of the Chinese pilgrims. In a work of this kind, legends cannot altogether be ignored as they very often contain a substratum of truth. In my treatment I have spared no pains to make full use of the materials that may be gathered from our ancient literature. Modern literature on the subject, too, has been duly utilised. I have tried as far as possible to separate legends from authentic history. But the task is fraught with difficulties and it is not always easy to draw the dividing line. It must, however, be admitted that the history of India is not complete with without a thorough knowledge of the history of tribes. Hence an attempt has been made here to present an exhaustive and careful study of the ancient Indian tribes without parti pris and in a spirit of scientific research. I believe that this work will remove a long felt want and will prove to be of some use to scholars interested in the history of ancient India.

I am grateful to the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poona, for having kindly included it in their series.


  Preface v
  Bibliography xiii
Chapter 1 The kamboJas 1
Chapter 2 The Gandharas 9
Chapter 3 The Kurus 18
Chapter 4 The Pancalas 30
Chapter 5 The Surasenas 39
Chapter 6 The Cedis 46
Chapter 7 The Madras 54
Chapter 8 The Malavas 60
Chapter 9 The Salvas 66
Chapter 10 The Usinaras 68
Chapter 11 The Vahlikas 70
Chapter 12 The Trigarttas 73
Chapter 13 The Yaudheyas 75
Chapter 14 The kekayas 77
Chapter 15 The Abhiras 79
Chapter 16 The Sibis 82
Chapter 17 The Daradas 86
Chapter 18 The Darusas or Karusas 87
Chapter 19 Kulatas or Kulutas 90
Chapter 20 The Kulindas 91
Chapter 21 The Bararas 92
Chapter 22 The Murundas 93
Chapter 23 The Arjunayanas and The prarjunas 95
Chapter 24 The Ambasthas 96
Chapter 25 The Nisadas 98
Chapter 26 The Nisadhas 100
Chapter 27 The Kasis 102
Chapter 28 The Kosalas 117
Chapter 29 The Vatsas 135
Chapter 30 The Vatadhanas – The Atreyas – The Bharadvajas – The Lampakas 151
Chapter 31 The Yonas 153
Chapter 32 The kalingas 158
Chapter 33 The Andhras 164
Chapter 34 The Damilas 168
Chapter 35 The Savaras 172
Chapter 36 The Mutibas 173
Chapter 37 The Pulindas 174
Chapter 38 The Kuntalas 176
Chapter 39 The Rastrikas 178
Chapter 40 The Nasikyas 179
Chapter 41 The Asmakas 180
Chapter 42 The Mulakas 184
Chapter 43 The Colas 186
Chapter 44 The Pandyas 190
Chapter 45 The Keralas or Cheras 193
Chapter 46 The Magadhas 195
Chapter 47 The Videhas 235
Chapter 48 The Jnatrkas 243
Chapter 49 The Sakyas 245
Chapter 50 The Mallas 257
Chapter 51 The Vangas 263
Chapter 52 The Gaudas 270
Chapter 53 The Suhmas 275
Chapter 54 The Pundras 277
Chapter 55 The Kiratas 282
Chapter 56 The Pragjyotisas 284
Chapter 57 The Bulis – The Koliyas – The Moriyas – the Bhaggas – The Kalamas 287
Chapter 58 The Licchavis 294
Chapter 59 The Utkalas and Udras 333
Chapter 60 The Avantis 337
Chapter 61 The Sindhu Sauviras 344
Chapter 62 The Surastras 347
Chapter 63 The Sudras 350
Chapter 64 Teh Latas 351
Chapter 65 The Surparakas 354
Chapter 66 The Audumbaras 355
Chapter 67 The Kakas, Kharaparikas and Sanakanikas 356
Chapter 68 The Matsyas 357
Chapter 69 The Ramathas 363
Chapter 70 The Paradas 364
Chapter 71 The Bhojas 366
Chapter 72 The Mekalas 374
Chapter 73 The Dasarnas 375
Chapter 74 The Pariyatras 378
Chapter 75 Miscellaneous Tribes 381
  Index 401

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