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Tango0102 Nov 2017 9:20 p.m. PST

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"The value and importance of the army were realized very early in the history of India, and this led in course of time to the maintenance of a permanent militia to put down dissensions. War or no war, the army was to be maintained, to meet any unexpected contingency. This gave rise to the Ksatriya or warrior caste, and the ksatram dharman came to mean the primary duty of war. To serve the country by participating in war became the svadharma or this warrior community.

The necessary education, drill, and discipline to cultivate militarism were confined to the members of one community, the Ksatriyas. This prevented the militant attitude from spreading to other communities and kept the whole social structure unaffected by actual wars and war institutions…"
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RudyNelson03 Nov 2017 5:03 a.m. PST

War in Ancient India is well documented including organization and weapons. I just got another 1920s book, a reprint of an earlier book.
A lot of the material can be found on the internet. I was able to write two long articles on the warfare using those sources.
My you are able to research and find a lot of material in many areas.
Makes me wonder what you do for a living! LOL.

goragrad03 Nov 2017 10:26 a.m. PST

I have to say Tango that when the article gets to the ancient Indians having aerial vehicles it raises a few questions about the piece.

Particularly without some details on those vehicles and why they are not documented elsewhere.

Tango0103 Nov 2017 10:39 p.m. PST


Maybe our friend RudyNelson can enlight us about them…


RudyNelson04 Nov 2017 6:02 a.m. PST

Well there are several episodes of Ancient Aliens that discuss different aspects of that very old era of warfare.
Personally I ignore the sections about flying craft. In the books and passages I have found.
You can get lost in all of the intricate detail of the weapons alone. Many names for slightly different clubs and blades plus many types of siege weapons.
As with any caste system, the assignment of importance levels to troop types as well.

Tango0104 Nov 2017 10:59 a.m. PST



Swampking10 Nov 2017 2:15 a.m. PST

The 'flying vehicles' are mentioned in the Vedic texts, the Mahabaratta, which is a mixture of various time periods (if I remember my Indian history correctly) but it does contain some fascinating depictions of early Indian warfare with the hero flying around the battlefield in a chariot and shooting a bow.

I used to have three books on Ancient Indian warfare but sold them before I moved to Poland. Now, I wish I hadn't of done that.

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