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Mortuary practice

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Andronovans's burial rite which is reconstructed by archaeological data should find a correspondence in the rituals reflected in the Vedas, Avesta, and in the later tradition of the Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa. The burial rite of Indo-Iranians has attracted the attention of scholars of ancient literature since the 19th century. The burial rites of the Indo-Aryans are found in the great epic poem, the Rāmāyaṇa. In the sixth book 'Battle', King Ravaṇa's body was covered with cloth, put on a couch and his fame was sung, it was carried. The early Indians of the Rigveda period buried hermits and small children in the earth and even later, inhumation is mentioned in the Laws of Manu and is used till this day. Vedic data can explain peculiarity of the Andronovo burial rite: paired burials of different sexes.

Keywords: Andronovans's burial rite; Avesta; Indo-Aryans; King Ravaṇa; Laws of Manu; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa.; Vedas



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