With reference to the cultural history of India, the memorizing of chronicles, dynastic histories and epic tales was the profession of who of the following?
[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2016 Prelims]
- The task of memorizing chronicles, dynastic histories, or epic tales was entrusted to a distinct group known as Sutas and Magadhas. These individuals were descendants of priestly families from the Vedic period.
- The term “Shramana” refers to a seeker or someone who engages in acts of austerity and asceticism.
- An Agraharika likely held the responsibility of overseeing lands that were given as charitable donations.
- Parivraajaka, in its literal sense, means “one who roams extensively throughout a place.”
Therefore, option (d) is the correct answer.