Odisha mariners were aware of monsoon before its discovery by Greek navigator Hippalus

Aupmanyav

Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
5,212
New Delhi, India
#52
When it comes to colonialism, most Indians seem to have paradoxical views. When Indians were doing the colonization, as they claim in SE Asia, it was good. When the Europeans were doing it as they did in India, it was bad.

Also, Will India withdraw its illegal settlers from the Andaman islands, and give the land back to its natives and independence? It was never a part of India in any manner until the British rule and started settling. In stead India is even changing the name of the islands to sound Indian.
Indians settled and mixed with the people of SE Asia, just like Aryans did here. So, no colonization. They were not sending money back to India. Even the Muslims invaders settled here and became as much Indians as we are.
Will America, Australia and New Zealand give the land back to natives? Time never travels backward. The natives and settlers, both are now Indians. What we should care about is that they get equal rights and opportunities. Andaman natives, the few who survived British massacre, have a special need. They will not survive if the restricted zones are removed because of diseases for which they have no immunity. They are best left alone in their environment. They are happy, healthy and have no need for our kind of civilization (least of all, Christian evangelists).

Jarawas.
 
Feb 2019
2
Paradip, Odisha
#53
Odisha has another tradition which may show link to their history of sea voyages. On the night before Deepavali, they float candles on sea. It is supposed to show light to their ancestors, or may be a sort of 'Light house effect' for their menfolk to arrive from sea.
 
Sep 2015
396
Sri Lanka
#54
Odisha has another tradition which may show link to their history of sea voyages. On the night before Deepavali, they float candles on sea. It is supposed to show light to their ancestors, or may be a sort of 'Light house effect' for their menfolk to arrive from sea.
Odisha was the first state in India that shaped the entire Maritime History of South East Asia along with some migration/colonisation [including Srilanka :)] begining from apprx 300 BC---Hence there were several Traditions ,Rituals and Festivals associated with Sea- Voyages especially during Oct--Nov had/has been celebrated---It appears you are referring to the present day celebration that represents the ancient " Akashadipa vidhi Ritual "
Akashadipa Vidhi “Ritual”[ Excerpts]
The Akashadipa Vidhi observed in the Hindu month of Kartika[Nov] also reflects the maritime heritage of Kalinga. The Akashadipa system was being practiced in Odisha since very early times. Besides its religious significance, the Akashadipa also served as the "Artificial Light Houses" to the returning Sailors!
The observation of this vidhi, in the month of Kartika, indicates two things – one on the ground of religion and the other on the basis of navigation. On the ground of religion, Akashadipa, is an auspicious symbol and was meant to wish Goodwill and Good luck to the Sailors on their Voyages in those days. From the other side, the Sailors considered this as the so called "Light House" and sailed their ships in the right direction!


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