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]

(a) Shramana

(b) Parivrajaka

(c) Agrahaarika

(d) Maagadha


Answer: (d)

Explanation:

  • 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.

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