“History and Fiction: The Tale of Two Evolution” by Rakesh Kumar

Language as a “handful of shared symbol” played a major role in the translation of that progressive entanglement into the cumulative material cultural rhetoric which ranges from foraging and food processing to toolmaking and gossiping (Laland 2017). This underlying linguistic coherence in the form of tangible and intangible mode of lived episode give some objectivity to the narration and a dynamic interplay to the ideas for the easy bifurcation between history and fiction. For example, the interplay between folk narratives and material evidence can be understood in the story of a chariot and its association with royal family in Indian mythology. The mythological chariot narrative is meaningfully objectified by the archaeological discovery of chariot along with royal object in the excavation of Sanauli, Uttar Pradesh. This study is particularly based on objective of the understanding of intangible heritage culture by means of tangible heritage and how material cultural evidences bifurcate the history from fiction.
Keywords: Tangible, Intangible, Heritage, History, Fiction and Evolution

Abstract Excerpt from “The Reading Glass” fortnightly session of CSP on 1st March 2019, by Rakesh Kumar