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    March 12, 2007

    Rama was a 'Madrasi'!

    A little more than a month ago, I wondered about why the Ramayana and Mahabharata had dark skinned heroes. Sandeep wrote a lovely follow-up post where he said colour was not important in ancient Indian thought.

    I read an interesting news item today in 'The Hindu' where a historian, Suvira Jaiswal, was quoted as saying that Rama seemed to be a Dravidian creation and over a period of time, the concept/persona travelled up towards northern India and became well established there.

    This is very interesting, because one of my conjectures was that it was possible that the authors of the two epics based their characters on some super archers in south India.

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