“Indus symbols and their Dravidian connections”
Chennai: Considering the vast area that covers the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC), many languages must have been spoken there. However, the Indus script, due to its consistency in symbols, was likely to have been created by a single linguistic community, according to Houston-based Tamil scholar Naga Ganesan.
“ Since fish and crocodile played a major role in Indus astronomy, culture and religion, they were represented in the Indus script. Harappans likely called these signs as ‘min’ and ‘mokara/makara’ in their language. The word ‘simsumara’, first referring to Gangetic dolphin by similarly with the gharial crocodile, has a proto-Dravidian root.”, he said, while speaking on “Some k-initial Dravidian loan words in Sanskrit;preliminary observations on the Indus language”, at the Roja Muthiah Research Library in the city recently.
Ganesan said many vedic non-Aryan words have been shown to be loans from Dravidian language of the Indus farming culture.
“There is linguistic and archaeological evidence to support the view that the Indus civilization is non-Aryan and pre-Aryan.”
“The long-snouted gharial seems to be the ultimate source for phallic symbol, the ‘lingam’. In Tamil texts, vitankar means linga. Siva as a nude kamuka (erotic ascetic), as well as crocodile. At places like Gudimallam, the phallic symbol represents Varuna, the god of the littoral landscape of Sangam poetry”, he added.
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