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Aug
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reviewed Leave Open Who invented psychological pricing?
Aug
10
reviewed Leave Open What evidence supports the claim that Shivaji's father was Muslim?
Aug
10
comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
I see that the question is wrong factually. However, should we be closing factually incorrect questions instead of answering why they are factually incorrect?
Jul
27
comment Why did Peter the Great crown Catherine I as Empress?
@FelixGoldberg This one is an exceptional case. I will clarify in my post.
Jul
27
comment When and where was salt as valuable as gold?
+1 This does not answer the actual question but does a wonderful job of explaining why salt was so valuable.
Jul
25
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Jul
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Jul
25
answered Was there public resistance to Queen Hatshepsut's reign in ancient Egypt?
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Jul
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comment When were the different stories of Hindu gods written?
edit I guess now my down vote is self explanatory. This is a history SE and we need evidence that is accepted widely by the scientific community. Calculating age from the Hindu Calendar is ok. But believing the fact that the puranas were written on a particular date in that calendar needs more proof. Philological evidence places most puranas during/post Gupta period and a few to around 500 BCE. That makes some of them at most 2000 years old --not 5000 years old. The rigveda has been dated back to 1700 BCE though by some.
Jul
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comment When were the different stories of Hindu gods written?
@T.E.D. Perhaps this comment should be merged in the main answer.
Jul
24
revised When were the different stories of Hindu gods written?
Fix the vedic age period
Jul
24
comment When was the concept of “weekly day off” first introduced in Indian Subcontinent?
@moonstar2001 That is ok. But we are wondering if any of those practises translated into regular weekly holidays. We know that many religious dates were marked as yearly holidays but are debating over the weekly day off per the OP's question.
Jul
24
comment From whom did Gandhi learn his protest technique of non-violence?
Very interesting. I know that the doctrines of karma influenced Buddhism and Jainism and the temple architecture did definitely influence Jain templates but did not know that ahimsa was also a borrowed concept. Do you have any evidence that will prove that "ahimsa paramo dharmaha" is actually a Vedic concept (I believe the term Hindu was not used back then)?
Jul
23
comment When and by whom was the Tirupati Tirumala temple in India built?
Do you mean to say this statue formed all by itself ?
Jul
23
comment When and by whom was the Tirupati Tirumala temple in India built?
Which deity is considered self-formed?
Jul
23
comment From whom did Gandhi learn his protest technique of non-violence?
How do we know that Jainism borrowed the concept of non violence from Hinduism?
Jul
23
comment When were the different stories of Hindu gods written?
@ShirishHerwade Just a suggestion but you can mark your question as a community question too.
Jul
23
comment When were the different stories of Hindu gods written?
That does not sound right. The grammar and vocabulary indicate they were most probably written after the Gupta period. Furthermore, at least one of them "The Vishnu Puran" refers to all Gupta kings and describes in detail their fall.
Jul
21
comment What was the legal framework in Ancient India?
In the discovery of India, Nehru argued that Manusmriti took hold as Kautilya's arthashastra faded post Gupta period. Was this a return to Manusmriti or emergence of Manusmriti?