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Why Inidain scriptures (vedas, gita, epics) have no historical proof and references?

is there any proof that mahabaharath,ramayana happened?

why Abrahamic religions have good documented history while indian scriptures dont? i had these doubts but nobody could answer.

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Hi, it's a good question. I remember reading theories about the historical roots of these scriptures... and not just the fact that they began as oral narratives.

It was so long ago that I read this. It could have been the scholar Eliade. It might have been Doniger-O'Flaherty. Both are experts in comparative religion. But I honestly cannot remember. It might have been Troy Wilson Organ, an expert in Hinduism.

However, a quick search reveals several links to this effect. I recommend the related Wikipedia articles first, then try some others.

Here's the google search, with a shortened url:

http://goo.gl/NJAOIe

And a Yahoo search:

http://goo.gl/tCV69b

I hope this helps.

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