- Jun 2014
- New Delhi, India
No, the Vedas are 20,000 years old, older than the last ice-age. It is during that period that the IE people moved south because of the advent of snow and settled in the Pontic steppes (prior to 7,000 BC - Seroglazovka Culture near Astrakhan is dated around that time. Check Wikipedia). The IE first moved towards West.The Northern movement of IE people started quite late (around 3,500 BC - Samara Culture). The Eastern movement came even later than that (2,500 BC towards Aral Sea and the Oxus valley). Indian and Iranian Aryans belong to this East-ward movement.The Vedas were composed around the Indus river between Pakistan and northern India. They weren't composed before even if the Vedic gods preceded the composition of the Vedas, so yes, the Vedas are Indian. The Avesta was composed later than the Vedas and is clearly strongly indebted to it and for that reason as well, the Avesta can be considered Indian, or if that offends you, at the very least influenced by Indian culture. It's therefore still the spreading of Indian culture to the west.