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 Indologist and ethnographer who is regarded as one of the "fathers" of Indian Ethnography in Russia along with D. A. Suleykin and V. E. Krasnodembskiy,[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]

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."[4]

See also


  1. Who were the Jaets? — DALUM HJALLESE DEBATKLUB
  2. http://india.spbu.ru/Indology-centers-en.html – Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  3. Kudryavtsev, Mikhail Konstantinovich (1964). On the Role of Jats in Northern India's Ethnic History.
  4. 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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