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How did the name 'Hindu' come into being..?

Asked by ranjith nambiar, 24 Nov '08 03:41 pm
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Sindhu means river in Sanskrit , India was land of Sapt Sindhu .. Avesthan language of old persia which was very similar to Sanskrit did not have sound S and S was substituted by H should so they called this land Hapt Hindu and inhabitants of this land as hindu , Ancinet greeks came to know about Sapt Sindhu or Hapt Hindu from Persians , Ancient greek Language did not had H sound and H was replaced with I and this land was called Indoes .. which became indisca in many Europian languages of middle ages and India in modern English.

So the sequence is Sindhu -> Hindu -> Indoies .. All these names are very ancient before 600 BC as Greeks and Indians established a direct contact around that time when Greeks captured Bactria in Central Asia / Afganistan.

Some people falsly belive that Persian in above means iranian muslims of middle age , but persian refer to here as ancient people who ruled tha lands between Greek Empire and India and were Zohrastrian ( parasi today)
Answered by Mastram Mastana, 24 Nov '08 03:53 pm

 
  
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Ancient History of Hinduism
The history/timeline of Hinduism would be a very interesting topic. As one researches more and more, more and more things keep coming. Yes, there are many sources that indicate many of the historic milestones seen by Hinduism, but is there a recorded history available ? As we see Hinduism is knowledge and experience supported religion, the ancestors have well thought of the need to record some of the important moments in the history. This history is given to us in the form of purANas and itihAsas. The word purANa means old and itihAsa means history. They refer to events that are very many thousands years old.

The history told in these purANas and itihAsas has the information as to who were the key people lived in various points of time - especially the sages and the kings and remarkable achievements by them if any. These texts apart from providing the mere information also serve as the source that inspires people about the heroes of the past. They narr ...more
Answered by Indra Datta, 24 Nov '08 03:48 pm

 
  
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From sindu by long turned to hindu
Answered by Narayana Raja, 25 Nov '08 06:30 am

 
  
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The people who came to India from the west, by land, had to cross the Indus river (also known as Sindhu). Some cultures pronounce 'S' as 'H'. This is the geneis of the word 'Hindustan' (land beyond the sindhu river) and its inhabitants became known as Hindus. Thus in its original form, the word Hindu means 'Indian'. Now since the various faiths of the Indians did not have specific names, they were all clubbed together as Hinduism by the outsiders and Hindu became a religious lable of all persons who followed such faiths
Answered by Vikram, 24 Nov '08 05:09 pm

 
  
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Hindustan
Answered by srinivas satyanarayan, 24 Nov '08 03:42 pm

 
  
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