I spend most my time reading old journals and papers on classics, and here is something interesting i found from the Asiatic Researches (Transactions of the society instituted in Bengal, for inquiring into the history and antiquities, the arts, sciences, and literature, of Asia) published in the late 18th century & early 19th century.
What we find is a cited quote from ancient Greek traveller Megasthenes (350-290BC) who went to India as part of an embassy organised by Seleucus I of Syria. Megasthenes wrote the Indica detailing his journey and discoveries, it comes down to us in fragments from later classical authors such as Strabo and later by Clement of Alexandria.
Asiatic researches, Vol. 10, p. 118-119:
From Megasthenes we learn that the Hindus dated the creation of man to 5042 years before Alexander the Great's invasion of India in 326 BC.
326BC + 5042 = 5368 BC
Traditionally Hindus equate the first appearance of man on earth to the date of the creation of everything. It therefore is apparent that the ancient Hindus once actually supported a belief in Young Earth Creationism. Over time however their dates became grossly exagerated, and now modern Hindus believe man and the universe is billions or even trillions of years old.
Hindus Were Originally Yec
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