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Legendary origins of Jats

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An old Norse poem about Jaets (Jats)

"I remember Jaets
born in the dawn of time,
those who once
nourished me;
nine worlds I remember
nine Jaet women,
and the widely known tree of destiny,
hidden under the ground."
(Elder Edda)[1]

Jats – Heroes of Mahabharata

M. K. Kudryavtsev, a Soviet ethnologist who had specialized the subject of the ethnology of northern India and was a senior researcher at the Institute of Ethnography of Academy of Sciences in the USSR,[2] researched the origin of the Jats and pointed out that some legends speak of the Jats as having lived in Sind long before the Scythians invaded India, and even of a direct association of Jat chiefs with the heroes of the Mahabharata.[3] He is regarded as one of the "fathers" of Indian Ethnography in Russia along with D. A. Suleykin and V. E. Krasnodembskiy,[4] and he also traveled to India thrice and met with the anthropologists in India.[5]

David L. Haberman (Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA) also notes that the Jats "consider themselves to be the descendants of Krishna's own clan, the Yadavas." He further writes, "Soon after the death of Jai Singh in 1743, Suraj Mal was recognized by Mughal authorities as the legitimate protector of the land of Krishna."[6]

See also


  1. Who were the Jaets? — DALUM HJALLESE DEBATKLUB
  2. Journal of Social Research (1963), Volumes 6–8, Publisher – Council of Social and Cultural Research (Bihar), p. 126. (Digitized: 06 March 2007, Authors: Council of Social and Cultural Research (Bihar, India), Department of Anthropology of Ranchi University)
  3. Verma, Dip Chand (1975). Haryana – India, the land and the people. National Book Trust, India. p. 49. (Digitized: 01 November 2006)
  4. – Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  5. The Spirit of India: volumes presented to Shrimati Indira Gandhi by the Indira Gandhi Abhinandan Samiti (1975). Asia Pub. House. p. 269.
  6. Haberman, David (2020). Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0190086718, 978-0190086718.

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