Question 6: This is what a famous historian of Indian literature, Maurice Wintemitz, wrote about the Mahabharata: “Just because the Mahabharata represents more of an entire literature…. and contains so many kinds of things….(it) give(s) us an insight into the most profound depths of the soul of the Indian folk.” Discuss.
Answer: Plenty of literary sources are available to reconstruct ancient Indian history.
Mahabharata is one of them.
Question 7: Discuss whether the Mahabharata could have been the work of a single author.
Answer: There are so many views about the author of the Mahabharata. Following views have been put forward regarding the authorship of the Mahabharata.
Question 8: How important were gender differences in early societies? Give reasons for your answer.
Question 9: Discuss the evidence that suggests that Brahmanical prescriptions about kinship and F marriage were not universally followed.
Answer: Brahmanical prescription about kinship and marriage:
Prescription about Kinship:
Prescription about Marriage: