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For someone who is born in India, some of the few mythological stories we watch on tv/hear from our grandparents are Ramayana, excerpts from Mahabharata or other Vedic stories of gods, the vedic way of life/afterlife etc etc... Well as a kid, I really liked them. But now, thinking about them, I feel all the stories make sense. There are proofs that the Ramayana and the Mahabharata really happened. I am not going to dwell on the proof's part.

putting this aside, we also have vedic science, vedic mathematics, vedic metric systems, vedic cosmology, astronomy, yugas, evolution, ayurveda(medicine) the list keeps going on. You name it, we have it way earlier than the rest of the world actually knew what it was. It looks like we(the Indian history) almost have a perfect and complex system for everything we need. But most of them wouldn't believe all this especially in the western world.

So everything is like a story perfectly laid out for people to read about their history and learn science in the process. But, I feel there's something missing for all of this to actually believe. So I guess my question is whats the missing part ? why did Indians just leave behind all the science and technology they had ? why isn't the knowledge of the Vedas carried to the modern India ?

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There was a lot of war between the Vedic age and now, and all of the nations of the time fell and were replaced millennia ago. War and the fall of empires tends to cause a lot of knowledge to be lost and have to be recovered from ancient texts or rediscovered anew. –  SevenSidedDie Aug 28 '12 at 18:44

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This is my personal opinion, but in an age where not all people were literate and much of the available knowledge was unwritten, much of it could be easily lost. For example, the artisans and craftsmen of ancient India would not write about their knowledge anywhere. Instead, knowledge was transmitted from generation-to-generation using the spoken word. This meant that much of the information developed could be easily lost in case of upheavels such as invasions, etc.

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If we forget about whats lost, whats wrong with the one's that been passed from generations ?? –  Jayaram Aug 29 '12 at 21:19
+2 or more if I could. I'm a strong informationalist (if that's a word) about history myself, so citing the retention and transmission of knowledge as prime factor is always good for a +1 from me. –  T.E.D. Aug 30 '12 at 22:04

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