By Paul Masson-Oursel, Helena Willman-Grabowska, Philippe Stern, C.K. Ogden
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The idioms are Mon or Talaing, Khmer or Cambodian, the Moi of the Annamite range ; various speeches of the valleys of the Salween and Mekong and the Malay Peninsula ; Nicobarese ; the Khasi spoken in Assam (Przyluski, in XXXVIII, p. 390). 3 S. Levi, XV, 1923. • In xxxvm, p. 390. 12 COUNTRY AND POPULATION of the origin of these Dravidians, scholars have connected them with the Australians, with the Etruscans, with the Finno-Ugrians. 1 Dravi¢a is only a transcription of Damila, " Tamil ", and tells us nothing about racial origin.
The data of language, on the other hand, are strictly objective. The distinction between families of languages and the connection of idioms of the same family offer facts which are certain as the facts of ethnology cannot be. We must allow, then, under the influence of an admirable school of languagestudy, that it is chiefly languages that we must consider in order to inquire what elements make up the peoples of India. Yet we cannot shirk the problems of race. The best way to reduce the risk of mistakes is to bear in mind THE POPULATION 11 the principle that one should never postulate a constant correspondence between the distribution of peoples and that of languages.
The Epics, on the other hand, which seem to have been composed about a thousand years after that ancient Veda, contain the story of the wars by which the conquest was accomplished only in the form of heroic memories and, one might say, chansons de geste. They are full of non-Aryan elements, and even furnish a corpus of Hinduism. aS is necessarily still more dubious, since they are poetic and philosophical compilations of a yet later date. The history which lies in these various sources cannot be separated from the legend and theory until archreology has confirmed or corrected traditional information.
Ancient India and Indian civilization by Paul Masson-Oursel, Helena Willman-Grabowska, Philippe Stern, C.K. Ogden