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, and epic tales was assigned to a separate group of people known as the Sutas and Magadhas. These individuals were the descendants of priestly families from the Vedic period.
- Shramana refers to a seeker or someone who practices acts of austerity and asceticism.
- Agraharika is a term used to describe someone who was likely responsible for overseeing lands that were given in charity.
- Parivraajaka, on the other hand, means “one who roams about all around the place,” indicating someone who leads a nomadic lifestyle or frequently travels.
Therefore, Option (d) is the correct answer.