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Pakthas
Pakthas
are an ancient people that find reference in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
and Greek sources as a people living in the region which includes south-eastern Afghanistan
Afghanistan
and Northern parts of Pakistan. In the Rigveda, the Kurram is mentioned as "Kruma". Pachytyans were in charge of all "elephants" used in battle fields. Elephant hoarders or boarders or they took care of elephants.[citation needed] Today, the Kurram Valley
Kurram Valley
is mostly inhabited by the Bangash
Bangash
and Turi Pashtun tribes, and because of that the ancient Pakhtas are believed to be part of the modern-day Pashtun confederation.[1][2]

"The Pakthas, Bhalanases, Vishanins, Alinas, and Sivas were the five frontier tribes. The Pakthas
Pakthas
lived in the hills from which the Kruma originates. Zimmer locates them in present-day eastern Afghanistan, identifying them with the modern Pakthun."[3]

Contents

1 Rigved Pakthas 2 Herodotus
Herodotus
records Pactyans 3 See also 4 References 5 Further reading

Rigved Pakthas[edit]

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The Pakthas
Pakthas
were one of the tribes that fought against Sudas in the Dasarajna the Battle of the Ten Kings (dāśarājñá), a battle alluded to in Mandala 7 of the Rigveda
Rigveda
(RV 7.18.7).[4] Herodotus
Herodotus
records Pactyans[edit] Heinrich Zimmer
Heinrich Zimmer
connects them with a tribe already mentioned by Herodotus
Herodotus
(Pactyans), and with Pashtuns
Pashtuns
in Afghanistan
Afghanistan
and Pakistan.[5][6] The Greek historian Herodotus
Herodotus
mentioned a people called Pactyan living on the eastern frontier of the Achaemenid Arachosia
Arachosia
Satrapy
Satrapy
as early as the 1st millennium BCE.[7] See also[edit]

Turvayana Rigvedic tribes Afghan (ethnonym) History of Pakistan Name of Afghanistan Arachosia Alexandria of the Arachosians Gandhari people Pre-Islamic scripts in Afghanistan Rigvedic rivers

References[edit]

^ India: from Indus Valley civilisation to Mauryas By Gyan Swarup Gupta Published by Concept Publishing Company, 1999 ISBN 81-7022-763-1, ISBN 978-81-7022-763-2, page 199. ^ Comrie, Bernard (1990). The World's Major Languages. Oxford University Press. p. 549.  ^ Ancient Pakistan: Volume 3, University of Peshawar. Dept. of Archaeology - 1967, Page 23 ^ p. 2 "Some Aspects of Ancient Indian Culture" By D. R. Bhandarkar ^ Macdonell, A.A. and Keith, A.B. 1912. The Vedic Index of Names and Subjects. ^ Map of the Median Empire, showing Pactyans territory in what is now Afghanistan
Afghanistan
and Pakistan...Link ^ "The History of Herodotus
Herodotus
Chapter 7, Written 440 B.C.E, Translated by George Rawlinson". Piney.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 

Encyclopaedia Indica, A contuining series, India Pakistan
Pakistan
Bangladesh, Anmol Publications, Page 647, ISBN 81-7041-859-3

Further reading[edit]

Dictionary of Vedanta by Samir Nath, Ivy Publishing House ISBN&

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