What Metallurgy Can Tell Us About Our History
By Anil Kumar Suri
Swarajya - September 30, 2015
An exploration of metallurgy in India:
The history of metallurgy in India can tell us a lot about the history of India itself. Our scientific heritage has inexplicably always been given short shrift in our history textbooks, as pointed out here and here. It is, therefore, not very surprising that our historians don’t enter at all into this rather technical, if extremely fascinating, aspect of our history.
Chola period (880–1279)
India (Tamil Nadu)
The potbellied, elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha is venerated throughout India. He is believed to bestow success and abundance through his control of obstacles. Before any important task is begun, an offering is made to Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. In his upper left hand, he holds a lasso; in the upper right, a battle-ax; in the lower left, a sweet (one of his favorite treats); and in the lower right, one of his own tusks, which he broke off in a fit of anger and hurled at the moon.
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