Meat eating in India is very ancient. There are concrete evidences to prove it if one goes through the sacred Indian texts. Foremost among them is the Aitareya Brahmana, Adhyaya I and II of Pañcikā II gives a detailed procedure for sacrificing animals and distribution of their limbs as Prashada. There are certain hymns in Rigveda (10th Mandala) and Atharvaveda which advocates eating of meat either for sacrificial purpose or as a medication in some cases.
Some staunch believer of Hinduism may oppose references of those hyms by questioning the authenticity of interpretation of these sacred texts most of which have been translated by Christians and English, who eat and advocate beef and meat eating. Findings like these surely provide concrete and irrefutable evidences which cannot be opposed by questioning their authenticity.
Researchers at Archaeology and Museums Department of Haryana, who are doing excavation in Kunal, which is one of the oldest Harappan sites in Haryana have found some bones which are remains of cooked meat. Though they have not tested genetic composition of these bones yet, but archaeologists, who are part of this research postulate that it could be of Nilgai, Buffalo or some other animals.
These findings are evident enough to prove that people, who were living at this Harappan site were meat eaters. It is not clear whether these animals were domestic, breed for eating or were hunted wild animals.
They have sent the samples to the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences in Lucknow to date their existence.
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